P&O Cruises Australia has taken the next step in its plan to refresh its fleet, and has sold Pacific Eden to CMV Travel & Leisure Group.

Pacific Eden will become Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ sixth ship in early April 2019, with delivery in Singapore following a livery change, rebrand and some preparatory works.

P&O said the move made way for the addition of Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess to the brand in 2020 and was in line with its comments over the past six months that the P&O Cruises Australia fleet was ready to be refreshed over time.

Pacific Eden joined P&O’s fleet at the end of 2015 and her final voyage with the cruise line will depart on 16 March 2019.

Local fans of the vessel won’t have to bid farewell to Eden, with the ship to be dedicated to both the German and Australasian cruise markets under CMV.

After her refurbishment, she will head to Northern Europe via the Suez and spend the May-October northern summer season operating under CMV’s German brand, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten, homeporting from both Bremerhaven and Kiel.

In December she will return to Australian waters to homeport from Perth’s Fremantle and Adelaide until Mar, offering more traditional scenic cruises.

CMV chairman and CEO Christian Verhounig said “as part of our mid-term growth plans the ship will provide the requirement level of extra capacity needed in Australia and Germany as we continue to grow our international business”.

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