P&O Cruises Australia has announced Pacific Encounter will be the name of the next 3000-guest ship to join the fleet in 2021.

It has also announced it will “much loved” ships, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria, in the same year.

The update on P&O Cruises’ fleet comes as preparations continue for the addition of Pacific Adventure in 2020.

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P&O Cruises president Sture Myrmell said the update showed progress had been made in reshaping the P&O fleet.

“We have a clear picture of the P&O fleet of the future and it is a very exciting prospect with the brand well positioned to continue to lead in this dynamic market,” Mr Myrmell said.

“When we embarked on this transformation two years ago, we committed to refresh the fleet over time and to set the brand up for continued success.”

Mr Myrmell said it was sad to farewell “much loved” ships.

“Both ships are close to our hearts with Pacific Dawn particularly special to us and the many thousands of guests who have sailed on her,” he said.

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