In November, Cruise & Maritime Voyages announced that they will take delivery of two ships from P&O Australia in Singapore next year.
As a tribute and celebration of the intrepid and courageous exploits and journeys of past female explorers and adventurers, CMV decided to recognise their truly remarkable achievements by naming their two new ships after them.
For Pacific Dawn (which will take over from Columbus as flagship), CMV selected five names and invited members of their loyalty club and followers on social media, to make their favoured choice. The list included:
- Gertrude Bell
- Isabella Bird
- Amy Johnson
- Mary Kingsley
- Lady Hester Stanhope
The winner, with 41%, was Amy Johnson. Johnson (1903 – 1941) was a pioneering English pilot who was the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia. In 1931, aged just 27, Johnson set off from Croydon, Surrey to Darwin, Northern Territory. She went on to set many records including the first woman to fly from London to Moscow in one day, setting record flying times from Britain to Japan and Cape Town and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club. During WWII, Johnson joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).
At 70,285grt, with 798 passenger cabins, carrying 1,400 passengers, Amy Johnson will be deployed on the UK market in late May 2021.
Pacific Aria which will sail under the TransOcean Kreuzfahrten brand on the German market will be renamed Ida Pfeiffer. Australian explorer, travel writer and ethnographer, Ida Pfeiffer set off on her own to the Holy Land with the aim of completing a pilgrimage. Future trips were funded through her writings. She set off on A Lady’s Voyage Round the World in 1846 travelling to South America, China, the South Sea islands, India, Persia, Russia, Turkey, Greece and Italy.
Christian Verhounig, Cruise & Maritime Voyages CEO said, “We are delighted with the chosen names and the opportunity to recognise two outstanding female adventurers and pioneers. Most of all, we are pleased to confirm that Amy Johnson will take over from Columbus as the fleet’s new flagship.”