(Noon GMT) -- Cruise & Maritime Voyages today revealed its two news ships would be named Amy Johnson and Ida Pfeiffer. This follows the line's tradition of naming vessels after pioneering and famous explorers.
Last November British-based CMV announced that it would be expanding its six-strong fleet to eight with the acquisition of two vessels -- the 1,400-passenger Pacific Dawn and 1,100-passenger Pacific Aria -- from P&O Cruises Australia. It will take delivery of both ships in 2021.
CMV invited members of its loyalty club and social media followers to choose a new name for Pacific Dawn, which will take over from Columbus as its new flagship and offer year-round cruises from Tilbury. Out of the list of five suggestions -- which also included Gertrude Bell, Isabella Bird, Mary Kingsley and Lady Hester -- 41 percent of votes were polled for Amy Johnson, the English pilot who became the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia in 1931, at the age of 27.
Pacific Aria, which will be deployed to the German market through CMV's TransOcean Kruezfahrten brand, has been named after the Austrian explorer and travel writer who travelled around the world in 1846.
CMV CEO Christian Verhounig 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."
Following the addition of the two ships, CMV's fifth acquisition in as many years, the line will be on course to carry 200,000 passengers in 2021. Cruises on the new ships will go on sale next month.