Pacific Jewel to leave fleet in March 2019
Pacific Jewel will leave the P&O Australia fleet in early 2019 after nine years of sailing itineraries in the Pacific. This is the second ship that the cruise line has sold in recent months after news that Pacific Eden was sold to Cruise & Maritime Voyages and will begin sailing for them in 2019.
“A jewel by name and nature,” said President Sture Myrmell. “Pacific Jewel leaves us in March next year but please rest assured we will be contacting guests with bookings on Jewel after this time offering cruises that best match their needs.”
Pacific Jewel’s History
Pacific Jewel was built by Fincantieri in Monfalcone, Italy, and launched in 1989 for Sitmar Cruises. However, before she entered service for Sitmar, the line was acquired by P&O and the ship sailed as Crown Princess for Princess Cruises. Twelve years later, the ship was transferred to A’Rosa Cruises as A’Rosa Blu in 2002. When P&O was acquired by Carnival Corporation in 2004, the ship was refurbished and began operating as AIDAblu for AIDA Cruises. In 2007, the ship was transferred to cruise line Ocean Village under the name Ocean Village Two. After just two years, Carnival closed the Ocean Village brand and in 2009 she was transformed into Pacific Jewel to join P&O Australia’s fleet.