For your info, not quite correct - Hebridean Cruises also run the 'Hebridean Princess' - ex CaledonianMacBrayne's 'Columba' - based Oban for weekly luxury cruise March-November.She was renamed Hebridean Spirit and is the company's only ship
Star were still operating both in October 2000, doing one-night cruises up the Malaysian coast from Singapore.In Feb 2000 both were sold to Star Cruises for $16.5 million each and became the Megastar Sagittarius and Megastar Capricorn. Star rapidly sold them again in July 2000 and managed to get their $16.5 million each back.
fred henderson said:In 1990 the Italian government financed the small shipyards C N Ferrari and Apuania to each build 4 cruise ships on spec to try to keep the yards alive. The Norwegian backed Yachtship Cruise Line bought them at a bargain price of $25 million. They all were operated by the newly formed Renaissance Cruises and merely given numbers instead of names. There were minor differences between the products of the 2 yards. Renaissance Six was built by Apuania in 1991 and was 4,280 tons, 90.6 metres oa, 15.3 metres beam and carried 120 passengers with a crew of 72. She spent her winters operating out of Singapore and the summer in the Mediterranean.
It soon became obvious that despite the bargain price the ships were too small to pay their way and in 1996 Renaissance ordered another eight 30,000 ton cruise ships from Chantiers de l'Atlantique at $180 million each on a long term lease purchase deal from the yard.
In July 1998 Renaissance Five and Six were sold to Metro Holdings' Sun Cruises for $15 million each and were renamed Sun Viva 1 and 2. They operated all year round from Singapore.
In Feb 2000 both were sold to Star Cruises for $16.5 million each and became the Megastar Sagittarius and Megastar Capricorn. Star rapidly sold them again in July 2000 and managed to get their $16.5 million each back. Sagittarius became the Spirit of Oceanus for Cruise West operating in the summer only from Vancouver to Alaska. Capricorn was bought by Hebridean Island Cruise and was sent to George Prior in Lowestoft / Yarmouth for rebuilding. She was renamed Hebridean Spirit and is the company's only ship. She spends her summers in Northern Europe, winters in the Indian Ocean and operates in the Mediterranean in between. I hope she survives but the company only had 3,396 passengers in 2004 compared with 5,062 in 2003.