Celestyal Cruises adds former P&O Australia ship

The former Pacific Aria has been owned by Seajets for the past three years.

CELESTYAL Cruises has announced the addition of a new ship, Seajets’ Aegean Goddess, which will be renamed Celestyal Journey.

Originally built for Holland America Line as Ryndam, the 1,260-guest Journey will undergo an extensive €20 million refurbishment and technical maintenance overhaul before entering service for Celestyal.

Journey also formerly operated as P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Aria before being bought by the now-defunct Cruise & Maritime Voyages, which intended to sail her under the name Ida Pfeiffer.

“While the global events of the past few years have placed our growth plans on pause, the positive industry outlook along with strong bookings for the coming season, provides Celestyal with the opportunity to recommence the process of renewing our fleet with new vessels,” said Chief Executive Officer Chris Theophilides.

“In addition to her expansive open decks, numerous bar and dining options as well as spacious public areas and staterooms, the Celestyal Journey provides our guests with a significant increase in premium and balcony staterooms, which continue to be in high demand on all of our voyages.

“We look forward to welcoming her to the Celestyal fleet.’’

Details regarding the onboard experience and itineraries will be forthcoming, Celestyal said.

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