MV Pacific Aria – Past and Present

MV Pacific Aria

ex Ryndam

© Robert Smith

© Robert Smith

Steel twin screw motor vessel (Statendam Class or ‘S’ Class) built in 1994 by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5883) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship. 

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $215 million
  • Length: 219.21m
  • Breadth of hull: 30.80m
  • Draught: 7.50m
  • Tonnage: 55,451 gross/2,618 net/7,406 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder 12ZAV40S and two 8-cylinder 8ZAL40 Sulzer-Grandi diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 34,560 kW
  • Speed: 20 knots
  • Capacity: 1,629 passengers
  • Crew: 557
  • Passenger Decks: 10
  • Call Sign: PHFV, 2IYN3
  • IMO Number: 8919269
  • MMSI Number: 235113823
  • Registry: Rotterdam/The Netherlands, London/United Kingdom
  • Sister Ships: Maasdam, Statendam, Veendam

Current Location

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November 1st 1993: Launched.

September 9th 1994: Delivered to Holland America Line, Nassau, Bahamas.


© Aleksi Lindström

October 20th 1994: Maiden cruise from Fort Lauderdale.

1997: Transferred to Dutch flag, home port Rotterdam.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

May 20th 2014: Announced that both RYNDAM and STATENDAM will be transferred to Australia-based P&O CRUISES AUSTRALIA in November 2015.

November 1st 2015: Ownership transferred from Holland America Line NV to Carnival Plc. Renamed PACIFIC ARIA registered in London, United Kingdom.

November 25th 2015: PACIFIC ARIA, and its twin, PACIFIC EDEN, were officially named at Fort Denison by “godmothers” Jessica Mauboy and Kate Ritchie before departing on their maiden voyages.

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

© John Wilson  

© John Wilson (Brisbane, 28/11/2016)

August 2018: Twelve day refit in Singapore which saw the finishing touch as the Southern Cross livery emblazoned on her hull – now a signature feature across all five ships in P&O’s fleet.

© John Wilson © John Wilson

© John Wilson (Brisbane, 15/02/2019)

May 2021: Transocean is scheduled to receive PACIFIC ARIA from P&O Cruises Australia and rename her IDA PFEIFFER.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: John Wilson, Aleksi Lindström and Robert Smith for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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