Knyaz Vladimir Review and Specifications
Specifications of Knyaz Vladimir
|Year built||1971 / Age : 47|
|Builder||Dubigeon-Normandie SA (Nantes, France)|
|Class||ferry cruise ship|
|Building cost||USD 12 million|
|Owner||Rosmorport (Russian Federation)|
|Operator||Black Sea Cruise Line|
|Speed||15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph|
|Length (LOA)||142 m / 466 ft|
|Beam (width)||22 m / 72 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||9159 gt|
|Passengers||720 - 770|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Former names||MV Eagle, MV Azur, MV Royal Iris, MV Roy Star|
Review of Knyaz Vladimir
MV Knyaz Vladimir cruise ship (formerly "Roy Star") was built in 1971 as passenger and car ferry vessel in France. In 1981, it was converted / rebuilt as a cruise ship. Since 2017, the ship is owned by Russia (Ministry of Transport) and operated by the newly formed Russian company "Black Sea Cruises".
History - construction & ownership
The 9,159-ton, 1,000-passenger cruise ship Knyaz Vladimir initially sailed as MV Eagle (the first name of the vessel), operated by the British company "Southern Ferries". At first, the ship entered service as a car/cruise ferry. A few years later it was sold to the Paquet Cruises, subsidiary company of Nouvelle Compagnie de Paquebots (Marseille). In 1981, MV Eagle was rebuilt as a cruise ship, and renamed to MV Azur. During the drydock refit, many cabins were added.
In 1994, the vessel was sold to Festival Cruises and served the company for 10 years (until 2004 when announced bankruptcy). MV Azur had to be arrested by harbour authorities in Gibraltar. The vessel was sold to Mano Maritime for a price of over USD 10 million. After acquiring the vessel, Mano Maritime renamed it to "Royal Iris" and the cruise ship was repainted with a smiling yellow fish on both sides of her hull.
MV Roy Star used to operate on Eastern Mediterranean cruises to ports in Cyprus and the Greek Islands. In 2014, Mano Cruises stopped the operations of the ship.
- In late December 2016, Victor Olersky (Rosmorrechflot's Director and Russia's Deputy Minister of Transport) chaired a meeting of the Marine Board of the Russian Governement on establishing regular passenger service to Crimea ports. Ministry of Transport experts said that the most effective solution could be establishing a regular cruise line service on the route Sochi-Novorossiysk-Yalta-Sevastopol-Istanbul-Sochi. Since the service includes calls at Crimean ports, vessel's time-charter was excluded as an option. Therefore, the Ministry offered to purchase the cruise ship.
- In the early 2017, the Russian Ministry of Transport held preliminary talks with Rosmorport and Sovfracht Group to launch regular passenger shipping service to Crimean ports. To implement the project the Ministry intended to deploy the Roy Star cruise ship. Provisional estimates showed that the project's cost is around RUB 700 million (USD 11,7 million), including the vessel acquisition and refurbishment.
The Russian cruise liner offers high quality comfort with many vacation options: 3 swimming pools, 1 dining room restaurant, 2 night clubs (Azure, Monte Carlo), a discotheque, sauna, Jacuzzi, Gym, sports facilities, a casino, duty-free shops, hairdressing salon, movie theater, bar lounge (Tahiti Club), sun deck.
Knyaz Vladimir cruise itinerary program offers 7-day Black Sea cruises with roundtrip (Sunday) departures from Sochi (homeport). The ship's cruising season runs May through October. The week-long itineraries visit as ports of call the Russian cities Novorossiysk, Sevastopol (possible overnight) and Yalta (overnight stay). There is also a possibility Istanbul Turkey to be added to the ports list.
Interporting (roundtrip deals from all itinerary ports of call) are also available. shorter durations
According to the shipowner Rosmorport, around 60% of the cruise ship tourists embark in Sochi, and around 20% in Novorossiysk, 10% in Yalta and 10% in Sevastopol.
Knyaz Vladimir wiki
- Estimates showed that a cruise ticket on Russia's new Black Sea cruise liner might cost around RUB 4500 (USD 75) per person per day, comparable with the cost of accommodation in 3-star hotels in Yalta and Sochi.
- The vessel's christening ceremony was held on May 27, 2017, in Port Sochi.
- The ship's "Inaugural Cruise" (maiden voyage) was on June 11, 2017. The 7-day itinerary included an overnight in Yalta, plus calls at Novorossyisk and Sevastopol. The maiden voyage was booked by a total of 400 travelers.