A Closer Look at P&O’s New Ship: Pacific Aria


One of two recent additions to the P&O Cruises fleet, Pacific Aria offers a cruise with a few surprises in store. And with Cruise 1st Australia, you can be one of the first people to travel under the ship’s latest monicker.

To book and avoid disappointment, check out our Pacific Aria cruise deals page.

In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the new ship.

About Pacific Aria

Prior to becoming a P&O ship, Pacific Aria operates for Holland America Line under the name Statendam. She is due extensive refurbishment before becoming Pacific Aria, meaning there will be plenty of new amenities and activities in store.

P&O is rolling out what it calls its ‘food revolution’, promising a completely new dining experience on a cruise ship.

At the forefront of this will no doubt be the Waterfront Restaurant, offering both classic and cutting-edge Australian cuisine in modern surroundings. Mood lighting and panoramic windows will create a relaxed atmosphere.

Other attractions include redesigned pool areas, a new premium cinema, newly renovated rooms, and even a new open kitchen where you can try out a cooking class – and maybe just enjoy tasting the results!

And those are just the things we know about. When Pacific Aria sets off next year, you can be sure to see plenty more surprises on board.

Book your cruise on Pacific Aria

Our Pacific Aria cruise deals page has all the best offers on the ship’s first few trips. Be one of the lucky ones to embark on the first trip in November 2015, or choose one of the many deals available throughout 2016.

We’ll be updating the page with new deals as and when they arrive, so be sure to check back later for even more Pacific Aria cruises.

For now, take a look at some of the highlights:

Australia Day cruise
24th January 2016 for 5 nights

This cruise sets off from Brisbane and visits Sydney and Newcastle before returning.

Pacific Island Hopper
Various dates – 7 nights

This cruise leaves from Brisbane and visits Noumea, Mare, Vila and back to Brisbane.

Barrier Reef Discovery
Various dates – 7 nights

This cruise starts at Brisbane and visits Cairns and Willis Island.

Melanesian Discovery
14th April 2016 for 9 nights

This cruise starts at Sydney and visits Noumea, Lifou Island, Mare, Isle of Pines and back to Sydney.

Vanuatu Explorer
23rd May 2016 for 11 nights

This cruise begins in Sydney and visits Santo, Wala, Vila, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines and back to Sydney.

 Image sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Yanxin Wang

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