Carnival Corp & plc is moving two of its Holland America Line -branded ships to its P&O Cruises Australia fleet in November 2015. The move reflects the company’s desire to meet the rapidly growing Australian cruise market.
Holland America’s Ryndam and Statendam will move to P&O Cruises Australia just months before the launch of Holland America’s new 99,500-ton, unnamed ship . The capacity of the new vessel (2,648 passengers) will exceed the combined capacity of each of the two ships leaving the fleet, according to Erik Elvejord, spokesperson for Holland America Line.
With the addition, P&O Cruises Australia’s fleet will grow to five ships, making it the largest year-round fleet in Australia.
According to Carnival, Australian cruise passenger numbers have increased by 130 percent over the past five years to an estimated 800,000 cruise passengers in 2013, which is expected to reach one million by 2016.
“By any measure, Australia is one of the top-performing cruise markets in the world, with an eye-popping average annual passenger growth rate of 20 percent over the past decade,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.
–By Gina Kramer, Associate Editor
Carnival To Transfer Holland America Cruise Ships To P&o Australia