Roy Star Review and Specifications
Specifications of Roy Star
|Builder||Dubigeon-Normandie SA (Nantes, France)|
|Building cost||USD 12 million|
|Speed||15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph|
|Length (LOA)||142 m / 466 ft|
|Beam (width)||21 m / 69 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||9159 gt|
|Passengers||720 - 770|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Former names||MV Eagle, MV Azur, MV Royal Iris|
Review of Roy Star
The operated by Mano Maritime cruise ship MV Roy Star (formerly "Royal Iris") was built in 1971 as passenger and car ferry (cruise ferry) vessel in France. In 1981, it was refit / rebuilt as a cruise ship.
History - construction & ownership
The 9,159-ton, 1,000-passenger cruise ship Royal Iris is the biggest cruise ship that can be booked by Israeli passengers. MV Eagle was the first name of the vessel, operated by the British company "Southern Ferries". At first, the ship entered service as a car/cruise ferry. 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. The cruise ship served Festival Cruises for 10 years until in 2004 the company 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 and today it is out of service.
In the beginning of 2017 the Russian Ministry of Transport held preliminary talks with Rosmorport and Sovfracht Group to launch regular passenger service to seaports of Crimea. To implement the project the Ministry intends to deploy the Roy Star cruise ship. Provisional estimates show that the project may cost around RUB 700 million (USD 11,7 million ), including the vessel acquisition and refurbishment.
MV Roy Star 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.