Golden Iris

Golden Iris Review and Specifications

Specifications of Golden Iris

Flag state Panama
Year built 1977
Owner Mano Maritime
Speed 18.5 kn / 34 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA) 165 m / 541 ft
Beam (width) 23 m / 75 ft
Gross Tonnage 16852 gt
Passengers 800 - 959
Crew 350
Passengers-to-space ratio 20
Decks 8
Cabins 400
Decks with cabins 8
Last Refurbishment 2009
Former names Cunard Conquest, Cunard Princess, Rhapsody

Review of Golden Iris

The cruise ship Golden Iris was built in 1975 and is currently operated by Mano Maritime, a cruise company located in Israel. The vessel was constructed by the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark, for Cunard Line. The first name of the cruise ship was MS Cunard Conquest. 

History - construction & ownership

In 1977, the 16,852-ton, 1,000-passenger mv Golden Iris changed her name to ms Cunard Princess. In 1995 the vessel was put in service with StarLauro Cruises (later known as MSC Cruises), and for a short period of time was sailing with her old name before being renamed to ms Rhapsody. The current owner of Golden Iris acquired the ship in 2009. Mano Maritime offers many cruising options, travel from Israel to different locations in Europe on board the 5-star luxurious cruise ship, with 4 meals a day.

An interesting fact is that Funchal was originally one of two cruise ships ordered by the US-based Overseas National Airways. The founder of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, was involved in the design process, envisioning the vessels as "floating Playboy Clubs".

Golden Iris


Golden Iris offers a total of 400 exclusive cabins, inside and outside.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

MV Golden Iris features a Main dining room, called Meridian Restaurant, with rich menu and a buffet restaurant.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Despite Golden Iris was built in Denmark, all her interior decoration was done in Italy. Guests can choose from different cruise packages, pleasant rooms and suites, live entertainment and many attractions on board. The Golden Iris is known as Israel's golden passenger liner. The vessel provides her guests with a fitness center featuring amazing sea views, full duty free shopping arcade, fully stocked modern bar, spacious swimming pools, sun tanning decks, spa, sauna and more.

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