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Pacific Aria

Capacity
1260
Crew
558
Tonnage
55,819
Length
219.4 m
First voyage
1994
Decks
10

Pacific Aria is a cruise ship of P&O Cruises Australia. Built for the Holland America Line in 1994 as the Ryndam, in November 2015 it was transferred to P&O Cruises Australia and renamed.

History

Pacific Aria is the third Statendam-class ship ordered by the Holland America Line after the company's acquisition by Carnival. The preceding two ships in this class are Statendam (now Pacific Eden) and Maasdam, both of which are still active. The Holland America Line previously had a passenger... Read more

Pacific Aria

Capacity (DO): 
1260
Crew: 
558
Tonnage: 
55,819
Length: 
219.4 m
Beam: 
30.8 m
First voyage: 
1994
Decks: 
10

Pacific Aria is a cruise ship of P&O Cruises Australia. Built for the Holland America Line in 1994 as the Ryndam, in November 2015 it was transferred to P&O Cruises Australia and renamed.

History

Pacific Aria is the third Statendam-class ship ordered by the Holland America Line after the company's acquisition by Carnival. The preceding two ships in this class are Statendam (now Pacific Eden) and Maasdam, both of which are still active. The Holland America Line previously had a passenger ship named Ryndam, a 12,340 gross ton ship built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast in 1901 and scrapped in 1929.

Pacific Aria's styling builds upon that of the ships that were active for Holland America at the time of the purchase by Carnival, specifically the layouts of MS Noordam and MS Nieuw Amsterdam. Public rooms such as the Explorers Lounge, Crow's Nest and Lido Restaurant, as well as their placement on the ship, all are transfers from these previous builds.

In 2015, Ryndam spent her last season with Holland America Line cruising out of Harwich, UK before her transferred to P&O Cruises Australia, she departed Harwich on Saturday 12th November bound for Rotterdam, where she then further sailed to Singapore before being dry docked ready for her new life with P&O Cruises Australia. The ship was transferred to P&O Cruises Australia in 2015 and renamed Pacific Aria.

Concept and Construction

Built at Fincantieri, Ryndam features art specifically commissioned for the ship, including the sculpture featured in the central atrium that spans three decks—Lower Promenade, Promenade and Upper Promenade. Included amongst the art collection are pieces gleaned from previous Holland America ships from their more than 130-year history. Since Holland America recycles their ship names (new versions of Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam are currently sailing), some references to previous ships that bore the name Ryndam can also be found.

The ship features 10 passenger-accessible decks, from the Sky Deck to A Deck. B Deck and below are reserved for crew activities, service facilities and crew accommodations. B Deck is only accessible to passengers during tendering operations. In order to facilitate moving of service equipment and supplies, Ryndam's B Deck features a classic "Broadway" construction—a wide central passage that runs the full length of the ship.

The ship is powered by twin diesel-electric engines with a top cruising speed of 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h; 26.0 mph).

Signature of Excellence program

Ryndam received SOEP1 which included Pinnacle Grill specialty restaurant, the Neptune Lounge for suite guests, the Culinary Arts Center with demonstration kitchen, expanded children’s and teens’ facilities, enhanced stateroom amenities, and improved dining and enrichment offerings and recently received SOEP2 in February 2010 which included Spa Staterooms, Mix which is a bar type lounge & Showroom at Sea (nightclub/lounge).

P&O Cruises Australia

On 3 October 2015, the Ryndam departed Venice on its farewell voyage with the Holland America Line to Singapore. It was given a make over by SembCorp Marine in Singapore, before being transferred to P&O Australia and renamed the Pacific Aria. It was officially renamed in Sydney by Jessica Mauboy on 25 November 2015. It sails under the P&O Australia brand out of Australian ports year round.

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Pacific_Aria

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