MV Aegean Goddess
ex Ida Pfeiffer, Pacific Aria, Ryndam
© 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.
- 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, ZCBH2
- IMO Number: 8919269
- MMSI Number: 310811000
- Registry: Rotterdam/The Netherlands 🇳🇱, London/United Kingdom 🇬🇧, Hamilton/Bermuda 🇧🇲
- Sister Ships: Maasdam (5882), Statendam (5881), Veendam (5954)
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November 1st 1993: Launched.
September 9th 1994: Delivered to Holland America Line, Nassau, Bahamas.
© Aleksi Lindström (Rotterdam, 03/07/2011)
October 20th 1994: Maiden cruise from Fort Lauderdale.
1997: Transferred to Dutch flag, home port Rotterdam.
© Nigel Thornton (Dover, 08/05/2014)
© Ray Goodfellow (Dover, 08/05/2014)
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 her sister, 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.
© John Wilson (Brisbane, 15/02/2019)
2019: Sold to Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV), with planned delivery in May 2021, from P&O Cruises Australia who would rename her IDA PFEIFFER.
March 16th 2020: Whilst cruising to Tasmania the Coronavirus Pandemic spread and she was ordered to return to Adelaide where she remained.
July 18th 2020: Arrived Port Klang (Malaysia).
July 2oth 2020: CMV was placed into administration.
August 11th 2020: Left Port Klang destination Limassol.
October 15th 2020: Sold to Seajets, Greece and renamed AEGEAN GODDESS.
November 6th 2020: Arrived in Piraeus.
June 9th 2021: Left Piraeus for Heraklion (Crete) and laid up.
June 21st 2022: Left Heraklion under tow, from tug CHRISTOS XLIII (IMO: 9080895), showing destination as Lavrio (Greece).
June 23rd 2022: Arrived in Lavrio.
🆕© Dimitris Mentakis (Lavrio, 18/08/2022)
February 23rd 2023: Acquired by Celestyal Cruises who, after renovation and maintenance, will rename her CELESTYAL JOURNEY. The vessel remains in Lavrio.
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