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Fred Olsen's Black Prince at anchor off a beach in Cuba.

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Clive

I have deleted the same picture in cargo vessels, which you uploaded by mistake.
 

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She visited Cuba a few times, I think at one point she actually offered a short series of fly cruises for the UK market from Havana over the winter but not totally sure what year.

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It was in 2002 that she operated those cruises from Havana during the winter. I joined her there for the voyage home. I think we had a couple of days in Havana, then a stop somewhere along the Cuban coast (see picture above) then onward to a couple of stops in the Bahamas and to Bermuda. Then we crossed the Atlantic to the Azores and to Lisbon and the voyage ended at Southampton. American passengers that were taking the short cruises from Miami to Nassau aboard huge ships were incredulous to think that were were about to cross the Atlantic in that little ship.

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You've enjoyed many, many marvelous cruises on a long list of one-of-a-kind vessels, Clive!
 

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Yes indeed I have. I've been very lucky to have sailed on many great, famous or just distinctive (or in this case quirky) liners and cruise ships.

Clive
 

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She was built in Germany in 1966 for Fred Olsen - Bergen line as Venus a RORO passenger ferry, I was the only British member of the crew a few years later when she was on the Newcastle Stavanger Bergen run, a great ship.
Kind regards, Steve.
 

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She (VENUS/BLACK PRINCE) and the sistership JUPITER/BLACK WATCH were, I think, the only ships in the world maritime history which were delivered with dual names at the same time. If I recall it correctly they were launched with each name on resp. one and the other dual name on the ship bow in 1965 in Lübeck (I might be wrong on this exact point as a memory lapsus). However they were all these years registred with both names in Lloyd's Register books of Ships. In summertime they worked under their "Bergenske" name (VENUS and JUPITER) on the North Sea and in wintertime under their Fred. Olsen names (BLACK PRINCE and BLACK WATCH) between Britain, Continent to and from the Canary islands with their cargo filled with fresh fruit etc. I think this "dual name arrangement" lasted into (around) the mid-1980's, maybe 1986 or 1987, when Bergenske Dampskibselskap of Bergen left passenger shipping and the shipowning/shipmanagement company function was sold to TFDS of Tromsö in late 1980's.
 

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