Carnival Australia has announced changes to its fleet, designed to meet popular demand for cruise holidays in local waters.
Under the new changes, Princess Cruises’ Australian-based Dawn Princess will move to the P&O Cruises fleet in May 2017, to be transformed and renamed. The 2000-guest ship weighs in at 77,000 tonnes, making it the largest superliner to sail under the P&O Cruises’ flag. Details of what’s in store for the transformed ship will be announced at a later date.
What the news mean for cruisers is that by expanding its local presence and adding a larger ship to its Australian fleet, P&O Cruises will be able to increase the range of cruise options on offer to Australians and meet the growing demand for holidays at sea.
Meanwhile, Princess Cruises’ larger 108,000-tonne Golden Princess – which carries 2600 guests – will remain in Australian waters throughout 2017 alongside the 2000-guest sister ships Sun Princess and Sea Princess.
One of the new itineraries available on Golden Princess in dawn2017 is a 75-night Circle Pacific itinerary, a round-trip cruise will take holidaymakers from Australia to Asia, Alaska and America.
The cruise is another highlight for Golden Princess, which this month will become the first Princess ship to feature menu items by Curtis Stone, as part of a new partnership with the Australian celebrity chef.
The Crafted by Curtis concept will ultimately be introduced across the cruise line’s entire fleet, including food inspired by the culinary culture of each destination.
Australian holidaymakers will also be among the world’s first passengers to sample Curtis’ new restaurant SHARE, featuring family-style dining with share platters and a communal table, designed to inspire conversation and create shared memories. The restaurant will debut on Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess in the northern hemisphere later this year and in Australia on Sun Princess in April.
Although the SHARE menu is designed to be divided between friends and family, we expect clashing cutlery over options such as a starter course of charcuterie, and mains including butter-roasted lobster with caramelised endive and endive foam; twice-cooked duck leg with fennel, bacon jus and parmesan crumb; and tagliatelle with roasted Alaskan crab.
Golden Princess is one of five ships sailing under the Princess flag from Australia this summer – its biggest-ever presence Down Under – alongside Diamond Princess, Sun Princess, Sea Princess and Dawn Princess. Pacific Princess will also visit Australia in 2016 as part of her world cruise.
News of Dawn Princess’ move to P&O Cruises comes just weeks before P&O Cruises’ two latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, join its fleet in November. The cruise line’s expansion will be celebrated on November 25 when P&O Cruises five-ship fleet will come together for the first time in Sydney Harbour for a ‘Five Ship Spectacular’.