Carnival’s P&O Cruises Australia to add two ships in 2015

21 May 2014 (Last Updated May 21st, 2014 18:30)

Global cruise operator Carnival Corporation is planning to expand its market in Australia, with the addition of two ships in a bid to meet the country's growing demand for cruise vacations.

Pacific Jewel

Global cruise operator Carnival Corporation is planning to expand its market in Australia, with the addition of two ships in a bid to meet the country’s growing demand for cruise vacations.

The two ships will be added to the fleet of P&O Cruises (Australia), which is one of Carnival’s ten brands. P&O Cruises will have a total of five ships in its fleet in 2015.

Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry said: "Today’s news also underscores how P&O Cruises, which pioneered cruising in the country more than 80 years ago, has been the driving force in making cruising one of the most popular vacation experiences in Australia."

"We have a great understanding of what Australians are looking for in a vacation, and with cruising more popular than ever among Australians, this is the perfect time to meet demand with increased capacity."

Currently, the mid-range ships are sailing as Ryndam and Statendam with Carnival’s Holland America Line brand, and will join the P&O Cruises fleet in November 2015.

"With cruising more popular than ever among Australians, this is the perfect time to meet demand with increased capacity."

Similar to the three existing P&O ships, the Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl, the new additions will undergo renovations to add on-board features intended for Australian and New Zealand passengers.

In the past five years, Australian cruise passenger numbers have increased by 130% and are estimated to grow to one million by 2016.

Meanwhile, Holland America Line will receive a new 99,500t Pinnacle-class ship in February 2016, which will serve as areplacement for the two vessels.


Image: Pacific Jewel is part of P&O Cruises’ fleet of three ships currently based in Australia. Photo: courtesy of Carnival Corporation.