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Carnival Corp Again Changes
Carnival Corp Again Changes
On December 31, 2015 P&O Cruises made the following astonishing announcement;
P&O Cruises Australia is kicking off the New Year with a major announcement that it will make history by becoming the first cruise line to build a new ship specifically for the Australian market.
The cruise line said the 135,500-tonne ship
would be the biggest cruise ship ever to be based fulltime in
To be launched in 2019, the new ship will have double the capacity of the biggest cruise vessel currently home porting year round in this market.
At 323 metres in length and with 2100 guest
rooms, the new ship will be a game changer for Australian
cruising. Built specifically for modern
This was the possible design of the ship being built
Obviously, all in the trade, including the
author was excited, for finally for the very first time, Carnival
When I first heard about a new ship for P&O, I named their new flagship Pacific Navigator, which I believe is the perfect name for her BUT sadly, it was NOT to BE!
Suddenly earlier this year, Carnival decided, with all their usual reasoning, that they would keep the new-build ship for themselves, and provide P&O with one of their current ships. Yes, I do mean another hand me down, but at least not as old as most in the past. This time it was the 2007 built 114,147 tonne Carnival Splendor, being a modified version of the Concordia-Class ships, operated by Costa Cruises who are part of the Carnival stable, and she had a passenger capacity from 3,012 to 3,780, pending on two bedded or all berth capacity. In 2020 she would have been 13 years old, which would have made her still the newest ship in the fleet.
The Carnival Splendor
But once again on September 27, 2017 P&O Cruises made their third announcement that the Carnival Corporation had decided that the Carnival Splendor had also been retained to remain in their fleet; the following was part of their Media Release;
As part of the strategic realignment, Carnival Splendor will remain within Carnival Cruise Lines global fleet.
However, their announcement was more focused at the Princess Cruises introduction of recent times regarding their innovative Ocean Medallion
P&O Cruises guests will be at the leading edge of a global revolution in the cruise experience when the line welcomes its first Ocean Medallion-enabled ship, Golden Princess to the brand in 2020.
The Golden Princess seen from the air and she is packed with some of the most amazing facilities at sea!
Thus the news is that the Princess ship, being the 108,865 tonne MV Golden Princess will be transferred to P&O in 2020, which will make her almost 20 years old. Thus as always, every single ship in the P&O fleet, their new ship will also be a hand me down.
There is no doubt that the Golden Princess is a magnificent ship, and she will be very popular with the younger cruiselings and those who like a more modern style cruise ship! I sailed on her slightly larger sister the Diamond Princess in recent times, and I can honestly say that I had a wonderful time on her, and loved her overall layout.
The Golden Princess seen in Circular Quay at the International Cruise Terminal
In addition, just like the Dawn Princess, which is now the Pacific Explorer, the Golden Princess, which I hope will be named Pacific Navigator, will be completely renovated in the new style which P&O has so superbly created in 2015 on their signature ships the amazing Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, for the Pacific Dawn and the Pacific Explorer both have received many of the features and styles that were introduced on these two fine ships!
The Ocean Medallion is a new enhanced cruise experience being a wearable device and it is powered by a first-of-its-kind interactive technology platform, to enable a level of service and personalisation never before considered possible. Order drinks, book optional restaurants, and many other options are available via this Medallion!
Lets just call her the Pacific Navigator seen heading out on her next cruise, will you be on board?
At this time the Pacific Jewel is the oldest
ship in the P&O fleet, and she will be a good 30 years of age
in 2010, thus if she is to sail on with P&O, she will require
upgrading and a massive refit before then, for she had not had
one like the Pacific Dawn has received this year, in 2017.
At this time the Pacific Jewel is the oldest ship in the P&O fleet, and she will be a good 30 years of age in 2010, thus if she is to sail on with P&O, she will require upgrading and a massive refit before then, for she had not had one like the Pacific Dawn has received this year, in 2017.
refitted MV Pacific Dawn is seen arriving at
To view the Golden Princess as she is today, visit
The Amazing P&O Cruise Ship the Pacific Aria:
the Pacific Aria so much I am going on 4 more cruises on her and
in the same suite each time!
I love the Pacific Aria so much I am going on 4 more cruises on her and in the same suite each time!
Photograph provided by & © Princess Cruises
In a major development for the local cruise industry, it was announced by Princess Cruises, on April 12, 2017 that their newest ship, the spectacular MV Majestic Princess will be based in Sydney Australia during the austral summer season from September 15, 2018 through to March 2019.
However, for full details there is a special announcement online via the Link below, there is also a comprehensive Two Page Feature covering the new Flagship of the fleet, with countless photographs of her spectacular facilities, a Deck Plan and her Accommodation details.
Official News Release Majestic Princess bound for Sydney
Then visit my Two Page Majestic Princess Feature
The P&O Pacific
Partnership Expands their Reach in the
The P&O Pacific Partnership Expands their Reach in the
South Pacific with Two New Programs after $1m Raised in Contributions
Pacific Aria at
anchor by an Island in
Photograph taken by & © Mr. Hun-Eng Tan my travelling companion
The P&O Pacific Partnership is expanding its reach in the South Pacific with two new community programs, after surpassing a milestone of one million dollars in voluntary contributions from passengers and special donations in only four years.
Building on previous funding of health posts as
well as kindergartens in
Both the PNG and the Solomons receive
regular cruise calls by P&O Cruises ships. In 2017
alone, 11 P&O cruises will visit
In PNG particularly, there is a pressing need
to improve health outcomes for mothers and children. The maternal
mortality rate there is 30 times greater than in
School children seen in the Solomons
Photograph provided by & © P&O Cruises & MG MEDIA
Launching two new projects in the P&O Pacific Partnership is testament to the support and engagement of the thousands of guests who sail with us each year. Its thanks to our passengers that were able to assist even more communities that we visit, P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said. The voluntary one dollar contributions made via passengers onboard accounts are relatively modest but when these contributions are combined they become a powerful force to make a big difference where it matters most.
P&O originally formed its Pacific Partnership with Save the Children back in 2013.
Since the partnership began, P&O passengers have helped to construct two new kindergartens and build or rehabilitate six health posts in Vanuatu, significantly improving the educational and health outcomes for many children and their families, said Save the Childrens Vanuatu Country Director Georgia Tacey. The latest fundraising projects will help to make a huge difference to the lives of pregnant women and provide primary and secondary aged school children with opportunities for a brighter future.
A Mother and her
child seen in
Photograph provided by & © P&O Cruises & MG MEDIA
Passengers directly contribute to the work carried out through an automatic $1 donation to their onboard account. This donation is for guests over the age of 18 on all cruises. Guests can choose to opt out of the program if they wish, or should they so wish, donate more, through the onboard donation boxes or through their onboard account. In addition, the Navigational chart from each voyage is auctioned at the end of every cruise with all proceeds going to Save the Children!
A Message by Cruise
P&O Cruises Australia is a pioneer in the field in relation to the Pacific Partnership and taking care of children in the Pacific, and I am delighted with this news, considering that in February 2017 I personally enjoyed an amazing cruise on Pacific Aria to Papua New Guinea and saw the needs there, and now we hear this most welcome announcement made by P&O Cruises President Mr. Sture Myrmell.
It is simply amazing, for $1 may not sound very
much per person, but it does adds up over a year, and if every
passenger would only double their contribution how many more
Mums and their children would benefit and have the
opportunity to enjoy better health, schooling as well as receive
a host of additional services! Please support this program when
you are on a cruise of the
The Amazing P&O Cruise Ship the Pacific Aria:
MV Pacific Dawn has Received a Massive Makeover
The newly refitted
Pacific Dawn is seen returning to
The Pacific Dawn is the first ship in the P&O fleet to feature the Southern Cross Bow logo
Photograph by © copyright James Morgan
July 18, 2016: P&O Cruises has underlined
its commitment to the
The 2000-guest ship has been refurbished in February 2017, emerging from her Drydock with a stylish new look and a host of new features never before seen on a Queensland-based ship including an interactive kids-only play area, a Waterpark with two exhilarating Waterslides located aft of the ship.
The new Pool and Lido Deck with the Waterpark amidships under the canopy and the Waterslides can be seen far aft
The refit comes as P&O prepares for its
biggest year of
Maintaining the cruise lines reputation for innovation, the Brisbane-based superliner will emerge with a complete revamp of the ships traditional buffet and she will come out with The Pantry, being a wonderful international market place full of fresh food outlets.
In addition to the tried and tested outlets that that has made this very special dining concept hugely popular, the Pacific Dawns Pantry will include a new Mediterranean-inspired offering called Nic and Tonis. Also on offer will be the popular poolside Grill that will offer a range of casual dining options.
Several of Pacific Dawns public spaces will be redesigned to mirror the striking contemporary look which has become a trademark of the P&O fleet including the Atrium, Charlies, The Orient and the Promenade Bar, which will be styled with similar décor to sister ships Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.
Here we see and advance illustration of the refurbished Orient Bar
Please Note: New and actual photographs of her refurbishment can be seen on her NEW feature - Use the LINK below!
The Dome located far forward and topside has been completely refurbished, and this venue will offer more live music than ever before, as well as having a sophisticated new design. The Orient Bar will take on a bright new summer pub vibe, whilst the Promenade Bar has been transformed into a more intimate cocktail Lounge, the perfect venue to enjoy a delicious cocktail with friends whilst listening to live music.
P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said
the refurbishment will kick off a big year for the Cruise Line in
With the new Waterpark, dining options and a refreshed interior design, were creating a great new look for Pacific Dawn which will combine some fun innovations with the winning features of our existing ships, Mr Myrmell said. Theres no question that Queenslanders love holidaying at sea with P&O, so were very excited that our Brisbane guests will soon be able to enjoy a stylish new look Pacific Dawn as part of their cruise holiday experience, alongside one of our latest ships, Pacific Aria.
P&Os increased presence in
Holidaymakers will now be able to enjoy all of
Pacific Dawns new features as she arrived home to
Read more and view images of the newly refitted MV Pacific Dawn
Also view a detailed page on the MV Pacific Explorer ex Dawn Princess, with many images!
Visit the many features on the following Carnival PLC Cruise Companies:
MV Pacific Explorer ex Dawn Princess
The Amazing P&O Cruise Ship the Pacific Aria: Read the Authors 2016 & 2017 Cruise Reviews
Princess Cruises: MV Majestic Princess / MV Diamond Princess / / Sun Princess
Visit the Sun Class Ships Feature
Being the MV Sun and Sea Princess (The Dawn Princess has been transferred to P&O!)
Cunard: Queen Mary 2 / Remastered Queen Mary 2 / Queen Victoria / Queen Elizabeth
Seabourn: Seabourn Yachts
Australian Cruise Numbers Break the Magic
Australian Cruise Numbers Break the Magic Million Mark
Remembering the TSS Fairstar to
This item is in two parts, for in order to
fully comprehend what has occurred to
That first Australian cruise ship was the 21.600-ton, 1,280 passengers, TSS Fairstar and she was owned by Sitmar Cruises and she was permanently based in Sydney from December 1974 and she sailed under the Sitmar banner until July 1988 when Sitmar Cruises was sold to P&O. With various refits and modernisations, she continued as the only Australian based cruise ship until her Farewell Cruise in January 1997, for being a good 40 years of age her boilers were aging faster than some of the rest of the ship, thus this amazingly popular ship was full to the very end, but finally she departed Sydney named the RIPA as she had been sold to be broken up India.
This is a photograph of the TSS Fairstar taken during her very last cruise in January 1997
Photographer unknown Please See Photo Notes down the page
Fairstars replacement in 1997 was another delightful ex Sitmar Cruises ship, the 25,000-ton 1,050 passenger, TSS Fair Princess. And she sailed as the sole Australian based cruise ship until three years later when she was sold for a high price to Asian buyers to be used as a Casino cruise ship. Then another, but much newer ex Sitmar ship joined the P&O Cruises Australia, being the ex SS Sky Princess, renamed the Pacific Sky in 2000 and she sailed in Australia until 2006, she was the very last of the sole Australian based, for in 2004 Pacific Sky was joined by the MV Pacific Sun and a year later by the MV Pacific Star, both of these ships having been built originally as Carnival ships and were being discarded, and the perfect place according to Carnival for old second hand ships was Australia! Not that we liked it, but in due course it would improve a little.
Postcard of the P&O TSS Pacific Sky
Today, P&O has a fleet of five excellently designed Cruise Ships, with all three being Sitmar designed; the MV Pacific Dawn, ex Regal Princess, Pacific Jewel, ex Crown Princess and the Pacific Pearl, ex Sitmar FairMajesty & Star Princess (which will leave the fleet mid 2017). Then there are the two latest additions the MV Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, ex Maasdam & Ryndam, and the completely refitted MV Pacific Explorer, ex Dawn Princess. In addition there is a new large, but yet un-named 119,000-ton ship arriving in 2019.
Other ships based in Australia are three Princess Cruises ships, such as the MV Dawn Princess (now transferred to P&O), Sea Princess and the Sun Princess, whilst Carnival Cruises also has two ships based in Australia Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend, this today Australia has ten ships based here and then there is a myriad of excellent ships that are based in Australia from September to April and these may are ships from; Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean as well as a good number of other Cruise Lines and individual ships that call on our ports! Thus it is no wonder that the numbers of Australian cruise passengers are simply escalating beyond belief!
Keeping all this in mind back it has proved
that Australians have a great love of cruising and this has
propelled the local cruise industry into a new milestone, with
latest figures revealing that more over a million Australians
have taken a cruise vacation in 2014. This record result confirms
The landmark achievement of over one million passengers in a calendar year has achieved some six years before it had been originally anticipated and it has been driven by an impressive average annual growth of 20% over the past 12 years!
The new figures also reveal that
Please Note: Cruise-Australia and its associated pages are 100% non-commercial and privately owned cruise sites and are NOT associated with any cruise company or travel agency! Although the author has been in the passenger shipping industry since 1960 and is retired, but continues to write cruise and ship reviews and articles in order to better to inform cruise and ship enthusiasts and provide information for those intending a cruise in the future.
An Important Note on HOW to Book Your Cruise: First of all, I highly recommend that go and see a Good and a Long Established fully Registered Travel-Cruise Agency for information, bookings and you will obtain the best possible cruise fares from them as well as service until you are about to depart!
Never Book with the Cruise Company Direct: Sadly I have found that booking direct through any of the cruise companies, be it online or per phone that 1. You will not obtain the best fare. 2. And you will not receive any service; mostly due to their international phone staff located overseas know little to nothing about the product they are supposed to be selling. Take my word for it I have had my experiences, both with P&O Australia and Princess Cruises and they both rated a mere 1 out of 10!
For when I booked with Princess Cruises it was
the most harrowing experience considering I only booked it online
as there was a special, which had to be booked by a certain hour
on that day, yet in the end I never received it the special as it
was claimed that I was too late, rubbish! I find it very sad to
sad to say, but the Carnival computer systems and land-based
staff are without a doubt the worst I have ever experienced! And
I have been in the Passenger Shipping trade since 1960 for
heavens sake, and in the modern day, they have not learned
a thing. We old-timers can teach them a whole lot, but Carnival
has only one desire, make as much money as possible and use cheap
staff based in the
I headed my cruise company with a considerable staff all of whom were well trained, but these days even the executives have little to no experience of the cruise industry, for they mostly come out of the banking, accounting, hotel and other minor tourist industries, but no passenger shipping, thus they have no actual experience at whatsoever. Their job is marketing and selling, filling the beds and that is about it. Yet, they forget the vital passenger relations, for that will have to be done on the ship, and thankfully the ships staff and crew is always wonderful! In my day, every member of my staff was fully trained in every aspect of the job before they could face a client, they had to know their product to the point of being an expert of our ship and all of its services and ensure that their contact with the client was going to be an enjoyable experience, for these fine people were about to head of on an oceangoing vacation!
I recall when I was speaking with a young lass, based in the Philippines, regarding my accommodation, she told me that my mini suite had an obstructed view, thus I said, Excuse me, how can a balcony suite be obstructed? But she was sure that her paperwork said just that. I knew this suite very well and that is why I chose it as I liked its location. This was the kind of stupidity I have encountered dealing with the Carnival Group!
Friends, I really do not wish to see you encounter any of this poor service, thus do yourself a favour, thus go and see a good Cruise & travel Agent who will look after you from the beginning until you arrive home and offer the best fare possible!
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