The Golden Iris

Monday, 15 June 2015 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Cruise Ships, Union for the Mediterranean

Golden Iris in Rhodes © Jebulon

Golden Iris in Rhodes © Jebulon

MS Golden Iris is a cruise ship owned an operated by Mano Maritime. She was built 1975 by the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark for Cunard Line as MS Cunard Conquest, but her interior fittings were subsequently installed at the Navali Mechaniche Affini in La Spezia, Italy. Following re-delivery from Navali Mechaniche Affini in 1977 the ship was renamed MS Cunard Princess. In 1995 the ship entered service with StarLauro Cruises (later rebranded MSC Cruises), briefly retaining her previous name before being renamed MS Rhapsody. Later during her career with MSC Cruises the ship came to be marketed as MS MSC Rhapsody, but her official registered name remained Rhapsody throughout her MSC career. In 2009 the ship was sold to her current owners. The Cunard Conquest was designed with a heavily raked bow and a tapering stern. She has a low superstructure that extends slightly outward from the sides of the hull. The open-winged bridge is located two decks above the top deck of the hull. An observation lounge is located above the bridge; a pool area is located aft of the bridge and forward of the heavily raked, round funnel that has a large deflector fin extending aft of the funneltop. The terraced rear superstructure houses additional sundeck areas.

Like her sister ship Cunard Countess, at delivery Cunard Princess appeared in the traditional red/black Cunard funnel colours, complimenting a white hull and superstructure. In addition, a red decorative stripe was painted between the hull and the superstructure. In StarLauro service her funnel was repainted in that company’s livery of blue with a black top and a white five-pointed star in the centre. Following the eventual new owners’ rebranding into Mediterranean Shipping Cruises, her funnel was repainted white with a dark blue top and gilded MSC logo centrally, while the blue decorative stripe was divided so that top half of the stripe was navy blue and the bottom half grey. Subsequently the funnel colours were altered into dark blue with MSC Cruises’ blue/white “compass” logo replacing the earlier MSC logo.

Golden Iris in Kos © Mike1979 Russia/cc-by-sa-3.0 Golden Iris in Kos © Mike1979 Russia/cc-by-sa-3.0 Golden Iris in Rhodes © Jebulon
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Golden Iris in Kos © Mike1979 Russia/cc-by-sa-3.0
For StarLauro Cruises, the ship was a replacement for the completely destroyed by a fire and sunk Achille Lauro. Following the sale to Mano Maritime, Rhapsody was renamed Golden Iris. She entered service with Mano Maritime on Mediterranean cruises from Haifa on 31 May 2009, following the completion of a refit. As of 2013 she was sailing from Haifa for Cyprus, Greek Islands, Montenegro, Italy, and Croatia. Sister ship was the as Cunard Countess built Ocean Countess, which was scrapped after a fire in 2013 in 2014 in Aliaga.

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