What Ever Happened To…?: Still-Active Ships
Some people look at cruise ships merely as stylish transportation to the ports they wish to visit. They're out to see the world, and recognize that a cruise is the easiest and most enjoyable way to do so.
But to others, it is the ship itself that is the attraction, and memories of onboard experiences linger the longest. Some grow so attached to a ship that they return again and again to the same one, getting to know officers and crew members on a personal basis. A few years ago, I wrote about one lady that grew so fond of Cunard's QE2 that she did not want to get off -- and she didn't! After her husband died (during a cruise), she moved permanently into one of the single cabins onboard and roamed the world fulltime.
If you've searched our site (click here) and can't find a ship you once sailed and are particularly fond of, chances are the vessel is still sailing under a different name or has been sent to the breakers to be dismantled and sold as scrap.
Below is a list of ships that we currently represent that once sailed under a different name:
The Celebrity Xpedition was formerly the Sun Bay I.
The Costa Europa was formerly Holland America's Westerdam.
Cruise West's Pacific Explorer was formerly the Temptress Explorer.
Voyages of Discovery's MV Discovery was formerly the Island Princess built in 1972.
Holland America's Prinsendam was formerly the Seabourn Sun.
The MSC Armonia was formerly the European Vision.
The MSC Melody was formerly the StarShip Atlantic.
The MSC Sinfonia was formerly the European Stars.
The Norwegian Sky was formerly the Pride of Aloha.
The Norwegian Spirit was formerly the SuperStar Leo.
The Norwegian Star was formerly the SuperStar Libra.
The Pacific Princess was formerly Renaissance's R3.
Oceania Cruises' Insignia was formerly Renaissance's R1.
Oceania Cruises' Nautica was formerly the Blue Dream & Renaissance's R5.
Oceania Cruises' Regatta was formerly Renaissance's R2.
The Royal Princess was formerly the Minerva II & Renaissance's R8.
The Sea Princess was formerly the Adonia.
The Seabourn Legend was formerly the Queen Odyssey & the Royal Viking Queen.
The SeaDream I was formerly the Seabourn Goddess I & Sea Goddess I.
The SeaDream II was formerly the Seabourn Goddess II & Sea Goddess II.
The Ocean Princess was formerly the Tahitian Princess & Renaissance's R4.
Windstar's Wind Surf was formerly the Club Med I.
Many ships that age out of the fleets of the major cruise lines move to European or Asian companies, change names and are no longer marketed in North America. I've covered those, as well as a list of ships sent to the breakers in the past couple of decades, in another newsletter.
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What Ever Happened to ...?: Inactive Ships