The multi-million dollar refurbishment of Ocean Village is underway at the Sembawang shipyard in Singapore, where the ship will emerge as P&O Cruises’ Pacific Pearl next month in time for her sea trials and christening.
For three weeks a team of more than 1800 people are working on overhauling the entire ship, including the creation of new restaurants, a seven by four-metre wide outdoor big screen, a child-free ‘Oasis’ area, and new family-friendly four-berths staterooms.
“Not only will Pacific Pearl have a new Big Screen, she’ll also offer a range of popular features from across our existing fleet – including a Pacific Cirque aerial circus rig, a Salt Grill by Luke Mangan fine dining restaurant and the private Oasis retreat,” said Jenny Lourey, senior vice president of Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises in Australia.
Once completed, Pacific Pearl will embark on her sea trials, which are scheduled to begin on December 4, before she sails to Auckland in preparation of her christening by New Zealand Olympian Barbara Kendall on December 21.
Completed with her new features, which will also include energy efficient silicone paint on her hull and a digital propulsion system, Pacific Pearl will embark on her sold out maiden cruise on December 22.
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