drydock finishing

Pacific Aria & Pacific Eden Dry Dock Near Completion

Posted November 3rd, 2015

In Australia's most anticipated new cruise ship arrival, P&O's Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden have entered dry dock at Singapore's Sembcorp Marine Admirality Yard to begin their impressive 11-day makeover.

Pacific Eden started as Holland America's Statendam in 1993, with Pacific Aria entering service the following year as Holland America's Ryndam. Today they are undergoing a multi-million-dollar makeover to be readied for their next chapter in Australia.

In a game-changer for Australian waters, Singapore's first double dry dock began with Pacific Eden last week, closely followed a few days later by sister ship, Pacific Aria.

The logistics of a ship makeover are impressive. More than 11 days of working around the clock in the stinging Singapore humidity, the transformation takes over 250,000 man hours with over 900 contractors from 43 countries to complete.

What's New?

Each ship will receive:

  • New restaurants Angelo's (Italian) and Dragon Lady (Japanese)
  • Pool area makeovers including an adults-only sanctuary Oasis
  • Over 20,000 square metres of carpet to be laid
  • 2,500 square metres of wall coverings to be hung
  • Over 300 pieces of art
  • 2,500 pieces of furniture
  • 2,500 new signs
  • More than 500 litres of paint.

Waiting in the marine yard were 70 12-metre long shipping containers filled with an assortment of 5,000 products ranging from forks to furniture.

P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Sture Myrmell said the 1,500-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 the fleet.

"We can't wait to introduce Australians to Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. They're unlike anything we've ever seen in these (Australian) waters - they're stylish but relaxed, just like modern Australia, so we think local cruisers will love them." Mr Myrmell said.

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New Restaurants

The Waterfront Restaurant makeover was extraordinary. For the addition of new restaurants, Angelo's and Dragon Lady, engineers extended the floor above Waterfront Restaurant with an additional six-metres of floor space.


A traditional Italian restaurant mixing upscale Italian dishes with modern charm. The dinner-only location will offer a fixed menu in a relaxed and elegant environment.

Dragon Lady

Pan Asian cuisine served in an intimate, moody location that is a feast for all senses. If travelling with a group, book the traditional Tatami room for an authentic dining experience.

Salt grill by Luke Mangan

Rapidly becoming one of P&O's passenger-favourite dining locations, Salt grill books out quick and advance reservations are recommended. Give your taste buds the celebrity treatment and don't miss the liquorice parfait.

The Pantry

Say goodbye to the traditional buffet and hello to a cruise industry first. The Pantry is a modern take on the food court with stations offering made-to-order dishes such as fresh stir-fry, fish and chips, Mexican, curries and amazing desserts.

Chef's Table

Redefining luxury and elegance with only 12 seats at the table is the new addition of Chef's Table. Enjoy an evening of cocktails and canapes in the kitchen, followed by an incredible degustation menu matched with wines. With such limited seating the Chef's Table will be the hottest ticket on board.

Waterfront Restaurant

In lush surroundings inspired by natural Australia, the Waterfront offers classic and modern dishes. Freestyle dining allows you to enjoy meals at your own pace with high and low tables and booths.

About The Design

Head designer Petra Ryberg-Bid from Tillberg Design of Sweden said of the design. "The designs were all Australian inspired. We spent weeks walking the streets of Sydney and other cities looking for Australian inspiration." Ms Ryberg-Bid said

"We searched for how to bring the indoors outdoors and vice versa. Australians have a strong outdoor culture and they love to spend time outdoors with friends and family. So we took that inspiration to deliver a strong cultural look and feel.

"We tried to recreate a fresh new look with that warm residential feeling with the relaxed Aussie lifestyle which we love. For example the fish and chip sign was inspired by a small shop we visited in the northern beaches of Sydney which gave us inspiration when looking for how Australians live.

"What we found was lots of personality and we've tried to deliver that Australian flavour with our designs." Said Petra Ryberg-Bid.

Singapore Departure...

Pacific Eden will emerge first from dry dock on 4 November heading towards Fremantle, Western Australia. From here the first Australian sailing will be via southern Australia stopping at Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Melbourne, en route to Sydney Harbour.

Here she will meet with sister ship Pacific Aria on 25 November for their dual naming ceremony as part of the P&O five-ship spectacular in Sydney Harbour. Pacific Dawn, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel will also arrive in Sydney Harbour on the same day for a large celebration to kick off the biggest cruise season for P&O in Australia.

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Jason Dutton-Smith

I’m a passionate traveller and a first class nomad wannabe. I have a love for the written word and enjoy sharing stories that inspire travel. I like ordinary but love extraordinary. I’ll dance and sing karaoke to anything 80’s, will drink hot tea even if 40 degrees, love food and have a wicked sweet tooth. Architecture excites me, the window seat thrills me and anything aviation enamours me. I’m a perpetual dreamer who lives by Saint Augustine’s wise words – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. My intention is to read War and Peace!

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