The carnival Cruises subsidiary, P&O Cruises Australia, are to replace the cruise ship Pacific Jewel, 70,310gt, with the Star Princess, 108,977gt, next year.
The Pacific Jewel will start her final cruise on Feb 24 and will be sold, leaving the P&O Cruises fleet in March after 10 years of service.
The Star Princess, which can carry more than 3,100 passengers, will join her sister ship Golden Princess, 108,865gt, in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet at the end of 2021. The Pacific Jewel can carry around 2,000 passengers and crew.
The Golden Princess will be refitted before entering service with P&O Cruises Australia in October, 2020.
The Pacific Jewel was completed by the Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiani SpA, Monfalcone, in 1990. She was ordered by Sitmar Cruises Inc and in 1988, the Sitmar Line was taken over by the P&O Line, and the ship was completed as the Crown Princess, operated by Princess Cruises, of London and Los Angeles, part of the P&O group which in 2003 was taken over by the Carnival Corp, of Miami, the world’s largest operator of cruise ships.
In 2002, the ship was transferred to the German market being renamed A’Rosa Blu, and becoming the Aidablu in 2004. In 2007, she was renamed Ocean Village Two operating from the UK with P&O Cruises and she was transferred to the Australian line in 2009 and renamed Pacific Jewel.