MV Pacific Aria
© Robert Smith
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1994 by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5883) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Holland America Line, Nassau, Bahamas
- 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
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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
© 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 (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.
“New” © John Wilson (Brisbane, 15/02/2019)
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