Royal Iris Review and Specifications
Specifications of Royal Iris
|Builder||DUBIGEON NORMANDIE S.A.|
|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||Eagle, Azur|
Review of Royal Iris
The operated by Mano Maritime Royal Iris was built in 1971 as car ferry/cruise ferry. Few years later, the vessel was rebuilt as a cruise ship (1981).
History - construction & ownership
The 9,159-ton, 1,000-passenger cruise ship Royal Iris is the biggest cruise ship available to Israeli passengers. MV Eagle was the first name of the ship operated by the British company Southern Ferries. At first the vessel entered service as a car/cruise ferry. Few years later it was sold to the Paquet Cruises, subsidiary Nouvelle Cie. de Paquebots. In 1981, the MV Eagle was rebuilt as a cruise ship, and her name was changed to Azur. Many cabins were added.
In 1994, the vessel was sold to Festival Cruises. The cruise ship was owned by Festival Cruises for 10 years when in 2004 the company announced bankruptcy. The Azur had to be arrested by harbour authorities in Gibraltar. The vessel was sold to Mano Maritime for the price of more than $10 million. After acquiring the vessel, Mano Maritime renamed it to the Royal Iris and the cruise ship was repainted with a smiling yellow fish on both sides of her hull.
Royal Iris regularly set out on cruises to Cyprus and the Greek Islands. In 2014 Mano Cruises stopped the operations of the ship and today it is out of service.
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
The Royal Iris offers high quality comfort with many vacation options: 3 swimming pools, 2 night clubs, a discotheque, sauna, sports facilities, a casino, hairdressing salon and movie theater.