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Henna Review and Specifications

Specifications of Henna

Year built 1986  /  Age : 32
Flag state Malta
Builder (Saab Kockums AB) Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads (Malmo, Sweden)
Speed 19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA) 223 m / 732 ft
Beam (width) 28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage 47680 gt
Passengers 1478 - 1960
Crew 670
Passengers-to-space ratio 24
Decks 9
Cabins 739
Decks with cabins 9
Last Refurbishment 2012 (scrapped in 2017)
Former names Pacific Sun (P&O AU), Carnival Jubilee

Review of Henna

MS Henna cruise ship was owned by the Chinese company HNA Tourism Cruises. The vessel was initially named Carnival Jubilee, built for Carnival Cruise Line. In November 2015, HNA shut down its cruise ship services after 3 years of losing money because of newer ships deployed to the East Asian region. Since Henna's last voyage with HNA Cruises, the vessel was laid up and open for sale for USD 35 million. Sadly, in August 2017, the ship was scrapped in Alang India.

History - construction & ownership

The 47,678-ton, 1,965-passenger cruise ship Henna is considered as the first and the largest luxury cruise liner in mainland China. In 2004, the cruise liner was acquired by P&O Cruises Australia and changed its name to Pacific Sun. After ms Henna was sold, the cruise ship started year-round cruises from Sydney to the South Pacific and Tropical North Queensland. A multi-million investment transformed the vessel all in white colors.

Henna cruise ship

In the end of 2008, an incident on board the Pacific Sun resulted in 42 injured guests during a storm. 3 years later, P&O Cruises decided to sell the vessel. In 2012, the cruise ship was renamed to Henna after changing the owners to HNA Tourism Cruises. 

Henna cruise ship (Pacific Sun)

MS Henna was detained on September 2013 at a port on the South Korean island of Jeju. Chinese shipping service company Jiangsu Shagang International applied for a seizure. Passengers aboard the cruise ships spent 7 days on the ship and later were sent home with uncomplete cruise. In the end of November, the HNA Cruises line shut down its China-based business. The decision was made by the company's shareholders. It was based on the money-losing Henna cruise ship facing serious price competition with the 2015 arrival of more (newer and bigger) ships entering China cruising market. HNA Cruises continued as a booking agency.

Henna cruise ship (Carnival Jubilee)

Cruise itinerary program

The Holiday-class vessel Henna was sailing around the Korean peninsula. Henna itinerary program was based on East Asia cruises to Vietnam, with departures from Sanya, China to Ha Long Bay (from January to April). During summer months (from May to September), the home port of the ship shifted to Tianjin. A new short cruise itinerary was also launched from Tianjin to Incheon (Jeju Island, South Korea).


739 cabins are available to guests aboard mv Henna, including 9 balconied suites, 432 ocean-view staterooms and 298 interior cabins.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Henna’s dress code is very liberating. Some of the older guests may seem never to get out of their pyjamas. They parade on deck in them, indulging in charming mainland practice of advertising how relaxed they are by appearing in all public places in bedroom wear. The PJ-clad grannies are only one of the things that makes Henna feel like a small corner of China. There is usually no one at the bar as “Chinese people don’t have a ‘bar culture’.” However, they like to shop and gamble.

Photos of Henna