P&O Australia’s new additions to the fleet from Holland America Line begin their refurbishments. The Pacific Eden will begin today and the Pacific Aria next week. The two vessels have had heaps of promotion including a glitzy video series from Hollywood star Owen Wilson. Now the time has come to let the magic happen.
The two added ships that have come from Holland America Line will increase the Australian cruise fleet to five. Pacific Eden enters the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore today and then the Pacific Aria will join her on October 31. This will be the shipyards first double refurbishment.
P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Sture Myrmell said:
“We can’t wait to introduce Australians to Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. They’re unlike anything we’ve ever seen in these waters – they’re stylish but relaxed, just like modern Australia, so we think local cruisers will love them,”
Work on the new additions will be over 3 weeks with both ships spending 11-days in actual dry dock. 900 contractors will be included in the upgrade which includes just about everything. Here are some figures posted by the cruise company for each ship:
Estimated 20,000sqm of carpet, 2500sqm of wall covering, more than 300 pieces of art, 2500 pieces of furniture and 2500 signs, as well as 500 litres of paint. There are also purchases ranging from 47,000 glasses to 74,000 pieces of china and 30,000 items of cutlery.
If you would like to know what the ships will look like after dry dock then take a look at this virtual tour below:
Pacific Eden is scheduled to emerge from dry dock on November 3 and will cruise via Fremantle and southern Australia en route to Sydney Harbour for her dual naming ceremony with sister ship Pacific Aria on November 25. Pacific Aria will leave dry dock on November 12 sailing straight to Sydney.