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Transformed and renamed Dawn Princess to join P&O in 2017

Sarah on Oct 08, 2015

Transformed and renamed Dawn Princess to join P&O in 2017

P&O Australia's latest news will be big for Aussie cruise lovers. With the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden not even officially a part of the family until next month, the line has announced that the Dawn Princess is moving from the Princess fleet to join P&O in May 2017. 
The elegant Dawn Princess will make a great asset to the P&O Australia fleet, and is set to be the biggest of the lot at 77,000 tonnes and carrying 2,000 passengers over 14 decks. The ship is already a firm favourite on the Australian cruise scene, having sailed here since 2009, and will likely fit in well amongst the fun-loving P&O ships. 


Ann Sherry, CEO of parent company Carnival Australia, said that the move was a result of increased demand for cruises in Australia, and an investment in the P&O brand which caters exclusively to the region. "Australia is the world's fastest growing cruise market, so as the biggest cruise operator Down Under we're delighted to be expanding our local presence even further. These fleet changes will help us further increase the range of exciting cruise options on offer to Australians and continue to meet local demand for holidays at sea."
The line have not yet released any details of the changes to be made to the Dawn Princess when she transfers, but we hope to hear more in the coming months. "This ship is a great addition to the P&O Cruises' fleet" commented P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Sture Myrmell. "With her larger size opening up opportunities for new onboard product and experiences." He confirmed that the Dawn Princess will be renamed before making her debut with P&O.
Golden Princess to stay over winter
The Princess contingent in Australia will compensate for the loss with the extension of the 108,000-tonne Golden Princess' stay in Australian waters. She will remain through 2017 alongside the Sea Princess and Sun Princess, offering among other itineraries an amazing 75-night Circle Pacific cruise which will be the first world cruise from Australia on a Grand-Class Princess ship.

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