Hi Guys,Fairfield said:She went to CY Tung also and became ORIENTAL CARNIVAL but I don/t know when she was scrapped.
Yes I am sure that they were expensive to run although they were all powered by Doxford diesels..if they had been turbine I could well have understood it. It probably came down to a number of things including crew costs and adequate passenger revenue. Certainly their convertions and upkeep could not have been cheap and although they were relatively small - I guess that could have been significant in itself!!...they were good ships for their time though and perhaps should have been able to soldier on a lot longer as many others of the era did..luck of the draw I guess.Fairfield said:Thanks for that-I think it was found they were expensive to run,not a good thing for some operators.
Both ships were based mainly on the San Diego cruise trade until being laid up in late 74 in I think Hong Kong. They were both despatched to Kaohsiung Taiwan for scrapping within a month or so of one another.
FYI the Ruahine which was really a smaller variant of the others was employed on the same trade as the Oriental Rio but ended up in the same place for scrapping in late 73.
Hope that helps...Doug
QUOTE=Kenny MacRitchie Hi Guys
The Ruahine was the Oriental Rio she was laid up in1968 renamed SSRuahine and placed on market to be purchased soon after by C.Y. Tung and renamed Oriental Rio to join her sisters Toto&Tane. After a refit her hull was painted grey, red boot topping and yellow funnel with the company's floral emblem she also had her foremast removed. She left on her maiden cruise from San Diego on February 26th1969 and was cruising for another 3 years before finally being broken up in Kaohsiung Tiwan in 1973