November 29, 2019 - As already reported, the well-tried and popular MS ASTOR will sail from May 1, 2021 under the name Jules Verne for the newly founded cruise company CMV France. The MS ASTOR is replaced by the PACIFIC ARIA, which was originally built as the MS Ryndam for the Holland America Line. The 219 meter long PACIFIC ARIA will be renamed.
The new acquisition was put into service in 1994 by the premium brand Holland America Line. In November 2015 the ship was transferred to P&O Cruises, Australia and renamed within the Carnival Group. The new acquisition is much larger than the retired MS ASTOR. The ship measures 219 meters in length. The number of cabins and suites is put at a total of 630. 149 suites and cabins have a balcony. The low balcony rate (24 percent) is due to the age of the ship. The number of passengers is given as 1.150. In comparison, MS ASTOR only carried 570 passengers.
Pacific Aria © TransOcean Cruises
Following the takeover and renaming, the PACIFIC ARIA will fly under the TransOcean flag all year round. The company announces that in the warm season, destinations in Western Europe and the Mediterranean will be served. Long-term trips to sunny sailing areas are on the program in winter.
The PACIFIC ARIA underwent a million dollar renovation in 2015. TransOcean is rejuvenating the fleet in order to address additional target groups and to offer even more variety of routes. At the same time as the PACIFIC ARIA, CMV is taking over the Pacific Dawn from P & O Cruises Australia. The ship, designed for 1.400 passengers, will be used in the English market from the end of May 2021. In 2013, TransOcean Cruises was transferred to the British operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV).