MV Pacific Aria – Past and Present

MV Pacific Aria

ex Ryndam

© Robert Smith

© 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

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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History

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

New” © John Wilson (Brisbane, 15/02/2019)


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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