Golden Iris


Cruise line
Mano Cruises (Small Cruise Lines)

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Golden Iris Review and Specifications

Specifications of Golden Iris

Year built 1977  /  Age : 40
Flag state Panama
Builder BWSC - Burmeister & Wain Shipyard (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Owner Mano Maritime
Speed 19 kn / 35 kph / 22 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, MS Rhapsody

Review of Golden Iris

MS Golden Iris cruise ship was built in 1975 and is currently operated by Mano Maritime, an Israel-based cruise company. The vessel was constructed by Burmeister & Wain in Copenhagen, Denmark, for Cunard Line. Its first name was MS Cunard Conquest.Golden Iris cruise ship

History - construction & ownership

In 1977, the 16,852-ton, 1,000-passenger cruise ship was renamed to "MS Cunard Princess". In 1995 the vessel was put in service with StarLauro Cruises (later known as MSC Cruises). For a short period of time it was operated under its old name, before being renamed to "MS Rhapsody". The current shipowner Mano Maritime acquired the ship in 2009.

MS Golden Iris cruises leaving from Israel to different ports in Europe on board the 5-star luxurious cruise ship, with 4 meals a day.

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


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

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Golden Iris has a Main dining room (named Meridian Restaurant), and a lido 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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