CMV has announced the acquisition of two more cruise ships to join their expanding ocean fleet – increasing to eight cruise ships in 2021.
The operator will take delivery of P&O Australia’s Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria in Singapore on the 2nd March and 2nd May 2021. The additions will increase the cruise lines capacity to 9000 berths and passenger capacity by 30% in 2021.
The duo will be officially re-named in summer 2021 following dry docking, some minor upgrade and re-livery works in Singapore before embarking on CMV maiden positioning voyages via the Suez Canal to Northern Europe.
Pacific Dawn at 70,285grt, with 798 passenger cabins and carrying about 1400 passengers will be deployed on the UK market in late May 2021 bolstering much needed capacity and cruising year- round alongside Columbus ex-London Tilbury.
Pacific Aria at 55,819grt, with 630 passenger cabins and carrying about 1100 passengers will be deployed on the German market under the TransOcean Kreuzfahrten brand with a much-needed increase in capacity cruising alongside Vasco da Gama and replacing the 580 passenger Astor. She is being re-named Jules Verne and will be re-deployed to the French market in May 2021.
Christian Verhounig, CEO commented, “The introduction of two more ships to the global ocean fleet is the next exciting chapter of our strategic growth objectives. This will enable us to service increasing market demand for our traditional brand of cruising generated by our expanding international network of in-house sales offices and developing source markets. We have now acquired five cruise ships in just five years and are firmly on course in carrying 200,000 passengers in 2021”.
The new ship names will be unveiled later in December 2019 under CMV’s explorer theme providing a more traditional scenic cruise experience.