After months of
anticipation, the time has finally come – the ships that will become Pacific
Aria and Pacific Eden are starting their dry docks in Singapore as P&O
Cruises prepares to expand to a record five ship fleet.
Over the next
three weeks, more than 900 contractors from 43 different nationalities will
work around the clock to transform the ships, which are set to become game
changers for the Australian cruise industry.
The work starts on
Pacific Eden today with the ship docking at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard this
morning, while Pacific Aria arrives on October 31, in what will be Singapore’s
first ever double dry dock.
nature of the work means about 250,000 man hours will be spent on the ships. Each ship will spend 11 days in dry dock with
work continuing as they sail to Australia in November.
During dry dock,
each ship will receive an estimated 20,000sqm of carpet, 2500sqm of wall covering, more
than 300 pieces of art, 2500 pieces of furniture and 2500 signs, as well as 500
litres of paint.
12-metre shipping containers are waiting at the shipyard, filled with an
assortment of nearly 5000 products ranging from forks to furniture.
humble weekly grocery list, P&O’s shopping bill for both ships is more than
430 A4 pages long and includes purchases ranging from 47,000 glasses to 74,000
pieces of china and 30,000 items of cutlery.
As well as the
walls being decorated, shelves stocked and drawers filled, the ships will be
reconfigured with Australian power points and beer taps will be installed in
preparation for their new home down under.
Pacific Eden is scheduled
to emerge from dry dock on November 3 and will cruise via Fremantle and southern
Australia en route to Sydney Harbour for her dual naming ceremony with sister
ship Pacific Aria on November
25. Pacific Aria will leave dry dock on November
12 sailing straight to Sydney.
Senior Vice President Sture Myrmell said the 1500-guest ships would set a new
path for the local industry with stunning new features including luxe bars, a
plush private dining room, a resort-style pool deck, contemporary dining
including Luke Mangan's Salt grill and some of the most spacious rooms across
“We can’t wait to
introduce Australians to Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. They’re unlike anything
we’ve ever seen in these waters – they’re stylish but relaxed, just like modern
Australia, so we think local cruisers will love them,” Mr Myrmell said.
information visit pocruises.com.au, or see a licensed travel agent.