THERE are hundreds of cruise ships with monikers through the alphabet from Admiralty Dream to Zuiderdam.

australiancruisingnews.com notes that two more names – Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden – will soon be added to that diverse list.

Travellers were asked, via Facebook, to rename two ships, ms Ryndam and ms Statendam, now sailing under Holland America’s flag, and due to transfer to P&O Cruises’ Australian fleet by November next year,  facebook.com/POCruises

Not surprisingly 93% of nominations featured “Pacific” as the  three ships already in P&O’s Down Under fleet are named– Pacific DawnPacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl.

P&O Cruises’  was searching for names that were modern and fresh and captured the spirit of a cruise holiday. Hence, the choice of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden that have that distinctive ring about them.

Below is a brief  look at life aboard a P&O cruise ship on sea days in Australasian waters.

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Ms Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia,, which operates P&O Cruises, says  more than 30,000 names were suggested for the fleet’s newcomers.

“We were overwhelmed by the volume of names suggested by travellers who wanted to put their stamp on our latest ships, which we hope will become as adored as our current fleet.”



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