It played an instrumental role in working out the future direction of P&O Australia vessels, but the Pacific Eden’s time with the fleet is coming to an end. P&O Australia has announced that the Eden will be moving on next year as part of the line’s commitment to refreshing its fleet. The transfer will be taking place in April 2019, as part of the preparation process for the arrival of the newer and larger 2600-guest Golden Princess the following year.
President of P&O Cruises Australia and Carnival Australia, Sture Myrmell, said that the announcement regarding Pacific Eden was a conscious step to take the cruise line forward.
“While we are always sad to farewell ships, this is an exciting step forward for the brand and consistent with our comments over the past six months that the P&O Cruises Australia fleet was ready to be refreshed over time,” Mr Myrmell said.
Pacific Eden joined the P&O Australia family at the end of 2015 and was among the first vessels to take on P&O’s modern Australasia-centric vibe.
“I have a lot of affection for Pacific Eden because of her important role in bringing to life the distinctly modern P&O product with its signature spaces and refined decor, which have since been reflected on Pacific Explorer,” said Mr Myrmell. “Pacific Eden gave us opportunities to take our product in a new direction, and we are primed to keep transforming our fleet with the addition of Golden Princess in 2020.”
As to when guests would be able to book P&O cruises on the vessel currently known as the Golden Princess, Mr Myrmell said, “We are currently working on itineraries for Golden Princess and I am pleased to confirm these will be on sale before the end of the year, which gives our loyal guests much to be excited about.”
If you’ve booked a Pacific Eden voyage taking place after April 2019, don’t worry - P&O will be making every effort to ensure that you’re well looked after. You will have a choice of either rebooking on equivalent or near equivalent cruises on P&O’s other ships, or you will be provided with a full refund if you feel that no alternative cruise is suitable. The Pacific Eden isn’t disappearing overnight however, and staff from P&O will be getting in contact with affected guests over the coming weeks to work out a viable solution.
If you want to get in one last cruise aboard the Pacific Eden before she leaves the P&O Australia fleet forever, there are still plenty of sailings available. Don’t wait too long though, as many of the best cabins are likely to book up with people seizing their chance for a farewell cruise aboard the beautiful Eden.