Pacific Aria

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. In April 2021 she will leave the P&O Cruises Australia Fleet and will be handed over to CMV who've purchased her.

Pacific Aria as Ryndam departing Trondheim in 2014.
  • Ryndam (1994–2015)
  • Pacific Aria (2015–2021)
Owner: P&O Cruises Australia
Port of registry:
Builder: Fincantieri
Yard number: Monfalcone shipyard 5883
Launched: 1994
Completed: 9 September 1994
In service: 1994
Status: In service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Statendam-class cruise ship
Length: 219.4 m (720 ft)
Beam: 30.8 m (101 ft)
Draught: 7.71 m (25.3 ft)
Depth: 19.13 m (62.8 ft)
Decks: 13
Deck clearance: 11.42 m (37.5 ft)
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 1,258 passengers
Crew: 602
Notes: [1]


Pacific Aria, (built as Ryndam), was the third of four Statendam-class ship ordered by the Holland America Line after the company's acquisition by Carnival Corporation. The other three ships in this class are the former MS Statendam (now Vasco da Gama), Maasdam and Veendam, all 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.[2]

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 she transferred to P&O Cruises Australia. She departed Harwich on Saturday 12 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.


n November 2019, P&O cruises Australia announced Pacific Aria and sister ship Pacific Dawn are to be retired in April and February 2021 respectively with both being replaced by the larger Pacific Encounter ,which is currently sailing as Star Princess, in November 2021.[3] CMV later Announced that they'd purchased both ships.[4]

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).


During Ryndam's inaugural season in Alaska, a fire broke out in one of the shop storage lockers on the ship's B Deck just off the "Broadway" corridor during docking operations in Juneau, Alaska, causing minor damage. The fire was quickly contained and cruise operations were unaffected.

In February 2007 Ryndam returned to San Diego from a ten-day tour with 110 passengers sickened from a norovirus outbreak. A CDC report filed later that year listed 40 violations.[5]

On 27 November 2010, an intoxicated passenger released Ryndam's stern anchor while the ship was in international waters en route to Florida. No damage to the ship was reported.[6]

In April 2015 two passengers on board the ship were found dead in their cabin by cruise staff. At approximately 11.30am local time two guests on board MS Ryndam were found deceased in their stateroom in what appears to be a murder-suicide, said the statement from Holland America Line. "The cabin was immediately secured and the authorities, including the FBI, were notified." Police Sgt Ricardo Cruz said blood was found inside the cabin, but the cause of death remains unclear. "We don't know yet whether an object was used or what the motive was," said Cruz. [7]

On 3 July 2015 the Ryndam had to cut short a cruise trip due to a norovirus outbreak. It was on a 14-day cruise which had departed on 20 June for a sail to Iceland and Norway. It underwent a clean in the Port of Harwich and returned to service on 4 July 2015.

P&O Cruises Australia

On 3 October 2015, the Ryndam departed Venice on its farewell voyage with the Holland America Line to Singapore.[8] 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.[9][10] It sails under the P&O Australia brand out of Australian ports year round.[11][12]


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  4. Staff, C. I. N. (28 November 2019). "Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria Bought by CMV". Retrieved 29 November 2019.
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  10. P&O Cruises' Five Ship Spectacular will rock Sydney Harbour P&O Cruises 25 July 2015
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  12. Behind the scenes at the makeover of P&O' two new Australian cruise liners before they hit Sydney Harbour on November 25 Herald-Sun 4 November 2015
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