CMV Travel & Leisure Group (CMV) in the UK has bought Pacific Eden, delivered in 1993 as Statendam of Holland America Line, from P&O Cruises Australia, which is part of the Carnival Corporation & plc group Travel Weekly reports.
“The ship will operate under CMV’s German brand, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten, between May and October from both Bremerhaven and Kiel. It will then operate during the Australian December-March summer season from Fremantle and Adelaide,” the report said.
Pacific Eden is of about 55,000 gross tons and it will join the 21,000 gross ton Astor on the German and Australian itineraries of CMV
Following the delivery, which will take place in Singapore in April 2019, the ship will be docked for a short period during which it will undergo a livery change and rebranding plus renaming. It will then carry out its inaugural voyage to northern Europe via the Suez Canal. The summer 2019 German-based programme for the new ship will go on sale midway through next month.
CMV’s UK, North American and wider global markets will be marketing the voyages between Europe and the Antipodes and the wider Australian season.
The vessel will operate alongside CMV’s 1,400 passenger Columbus, 1,300-passenger Magellan, 800-passenger Marco Polo, 600-passenger Astor and 550-assenger Astoria.
Christian Verhounig, CMV’s chief executive and chairman,was quoted as saying: “We are very pleased to have concluded this deal and firmly believe that Pacific Eden will be a very popular addition to our fleet. This stylish traditional vessel is ideally suited to our business model and is in very good shape following a multi-million dollar refurbishment in 2016. As part of our mid-term growth plans the ship will provide the requirement level of extra capacity needed in Australia and Germany