P&O Cruises Australia

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P&O Cruises Australia
HeadquartersSydney, Australia
Area served
Australia & New Zealand
ParentCarnival Corporation & plc
Footnotes / references
P&O-house flag.svg
P&O House Flag
Carnival House in Southampton, headquarters of P&O

P&O Cruises Australia is a British-American owned cruise line with corporate headquarters at Carnival House in Southampton, England and operational headquarters in Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia. The sister company of P&O Cruises in the United Kingdom, it was previously a constituent of the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company and has a direct link in history to the world's first cruise ships. As such, it is one of the oldest cruise lines in the world, and now forms part of the Carnival Corporation & plc, under the executive control of Holland America Line. It currently operates three ships, sailing from various ports in Australia and New Zealand.


P&O Cruises Australia originates from the passenger division of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, a UK shipping company which operated the world's first passenger ships in the early 19th century. P&O subsequently became the first company to operate passenger routes to Australia, with the first of these voyages occurring in 1932.[1] These voyages eventually developed into the cruise holidays we recognise today and so P&O adopted the brand name P&O Cruises, with the specialist Australian service becoming known as P&O Cruises Australia.

In 2000, after various changes in the organisation of the P&O Group, the company de-merged all of its cruise ship operations. A new company was created, P&O Princess Cruises, which was independent of P&O and consisted of P&O Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, AIDA Cruises and later A'Rosa Cruises and Ocean Village. Later in 2003, P&O Princess Cruises merged with Carnival Corporation to form Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest cruise company, with a portfolio of eleven cruise lines, including P&O Australia.

The Pacific Sky joined the P&O Australia fleet in 2001 and was sold to Pullmantur Cruises in 2006, becoming their Sky Wonder. In 2004 the Pacific Sun joined the fleet. It was followed by Pacific Star in 2005. In October 2007, the oldest ship of Princess Cruises' fleet, the Regal Princess, was transferred to P&O Australia. After one month of refurbishment, she entered service as the Pacific Dawn. The Pacific Star was sold to Pullmantur Cruises in March 2008. She underwent refurbishment in Singapore and has started sailing as Ocean Dream from 11 May 2008.

On 30 October 2008, Carnival Corporation & plc announced the closure of their United Kingdom-based Ocean Village brand. Coinciding with this closure, both Ocean Village ships were transferred to the fleet of P&O Cruises Australia. Ocean Village Two joined the P&O Australia fleet in December 2009 as Pacific Jewel. Ocean Village followed in late 2010 as Pacific Pearl.[2]

In October 2009, P&O Cruises offered assistance to the Red Cross in relief efforts for earthquake and tsunami victims in the South Pacific by donating 740 pillows with the promise of mattresses, more pillows and hundreds of light bulbs to be given a later date.[3]

In December 2009, the Pacific Dawn was moved from Sydney to its new home port at Brisbane. This was done to allow the Pacific Jewel and after its acquisition the Pacific Pearl to be based in Sydney. The Pacific Sun was moved to Fremantle for part of the year to carry out Asia cruises prior to being sold in July 2012.

In December 2011, P&O announced The Pacific Sun would make its last journey for the company on 1 July 2012. In 7 years with P&O it carried more than half a million passengers.[4]

In May 2014, Carnival Corporation announced that the Statendam and Ryndam would be transferred from Holland America Line to the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in 2015 after being refurbished to tailor them for Australian and New Zealand passengers.[5] The names for the two ships were revealed in July 2014 as the Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria.[6]

In October 2015 it was announced that the Dawn Princess would move from the Princess Cruises fleet to the P&O Australia fleet.[7]

In March 2016, it was announced that the Pacific Pearl would leave the fleet in March 2017, having completed 294 cruises for P&O, carrying more than half a million passengers over five years.[8]


Current fleet[edit]

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for P&O Australia
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Pacific Dawn 1991 Fincantieri 2007 70,285  United Kingdom Previously Regal Princess. Pacific Dawn (ship) at Portside Wharf 02 (16.9).jpg
Pacific Aria 1994 Fincantieri 2015 55,451  United Kingdom Previously Ryndam Ryndam departing Port of Tallinn 3 July 2013.JPG
Pacific Explorer[9] 1997 Fincantieri 2017 77,499  United Kingdom Previously Dawn Princess Pacific Explorer (34944590483) (cropped).jpg

Future fleet[edit]

Ship Built Builder Enters service
for P&O Australia
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Pacific Adventure 2001 Fincantieri 2020 108,865  United Kingdom Currently sailing as Golden Princess for Princess Cruises[10][11] Golden Princess tendering in Cabo San Lucas.JPG
TBA 2002 Fincantieri 2021 108,977  Bermuda Fire swept through berths in 2006[12]; last refurbished in 2018[13]

Currently sailing as Star Princess for Princess Cruises

Star Princess.jpg

Former fleet[edit]

Ship Built Builder In service
for P&O Australia
Gross Tonnage Flag Notes Image
Pacific Sky 1984 La Seyne-Sur Mer 2000–2006 46,087  United Kingdom Previously FairSky, Sky Princess, Pacific Sky, Sky Wonder, and Atlantic Star. Scrapped in 2013.[citation needed] "Pacific Sky" - Port Douglas.jpg
Pacific Sun 1986 Kockums Varv 2004–2012 47,262  Malta Previously Jubilee, Pacific Sun, and Henna. Scrapped in 2017.[14] Pacific Sun Jan 12 (cropped).jpg
Pacific Star 1982 Aalborg Shipyard 2005–2008 35,109  United Kingdom Previously Tropicale, Costa Tropicale, Pacific Star, Ocean Dream. Currently sailing for Peace Boat as Ocean Dream.[citation needed] Ocean Dream in Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta in Pullmantur livery.jpg
Pacific Pearl 1989 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2010–2017 63,500  United Kingdom Previously Star Princess, Arcadia, Ocean Village, and Pacific Pearl. Currently sailing for Cruise & Maritime Voyages as Columbus Pacific Pearl Darling Harbour.jpg
Pacific Jewel 1990 Fincantieri 2009-2019 69,845  United Kingdom Previously Crown Princess, A'Rosa Blu, AIDAblu and Ocean Village Two. Currently sailing for Jalesh Cruises as Karnika[15]
Pacific Eden 1992 Fincantieri 2015-2019 55,819  United Kingdom Previously Statendam. Currently sailing for Cruise & Maritime Voyages as Vasco da Gama.[16]

It was announced on 7 March 2018 that the Pacific Eden will be leaving the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in late March 2019. Her final voyage planned with P&O Cruises Australia will depart on 16 March 2019.[17] The ship is being transferred to Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) in early April 2019.[18] In late March 2018 it was announced her new name will be Vasco da Gama, named after the great Portuguese Explorer.

Pacific Eden, Fremantle, 2015 (02).JPG


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  8. ^ http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=6855
  9. ^ https://www.pocruises.com.au/cruises/search#?s=&sort=dpa&page=1
  10. ^ https://www.pocruises.com.au/ships/pacific-adventure
  11. ^ https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/17855-golden-princess-to-transfer-to-p-o-australia-splendor-staying-with-carnival.html
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  15. ^ "Jalesh Cruises - Best Cruises In India". jaleshcruises.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  16. ^ Yates-Roberts, Elly (17 April 2019). "Vasco da Gama joins the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet". Cruise & Ferry.net. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Pacific Eden Cruise Ship | The Fleet". P&O Cruises Australia. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Mathisen, Monty (7 March 2018). "Pacific Eden Sold to Cruise and Maritime Voyages". Cruise Industry News. Retrieved 15 February 2019".

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