See here the original and the new names of old cruise ships, plus a list of retired cruise ships. Cruise ships names have become a matter of investigation these days. With the exception of the newest new big passenger ships, almost all the rest are with different from their maiden names, usually changed the instant the vessel receives a new owner, or even a new operator. Holland America line ships are well-known for bearing "recycled" names - an unique practice of using one name for different vessels over the years, and a charming sentimental way of connecting past and future for this over 130-year old passenger ship line.

old cruise ships names, retired cruise ships list and history/information

Here is a list of the initial ships names, the year built, the vessel's former names and current owner, suffixes "Cruises" and "Line/s" are generally omitted). This article is integrated with cruise ship capacity/ratings and cruise ship dimensions.

HSC high speed craft
MF motor ferry
MS / MV motor ship / vessel
MSY motor sailing yacht
MY motor yacht
NS nuclear ship
RMS royal mail ship
RV research vessel
SB sailing barge
SS steamship
SV sailing vessel
SY sailing yacht
Cruise Ships Names Year Built Former Names Line/Company Owner
Adonia 2001 R Eight, Minerva II, Royal Princess P&O
Albatros 1973 Royal Viking Sea, Royal Odyssey, Norwegian Star, Crown Phoenix Reisen
Amadea 1991 Asuka Phoenix Reisen
Andrea 1960 Harald Jarl Elegant Cruises & Tours
Artania 1984 Royal Princess, Artemis Phoenix Reisen
Asia Star 1992 Radisson Diamond Asia Cruises
Astor 1987 Fedor Dostoevsky Transocean Tours
Asuka II 1990 Crystal Harmony NYK
Atlantic Star 1984 Fairsky, Sky Princess, Pacific Sky, Sky Wonder PULLMANTUR
Azamara Journey 2000 R Six, Blue Star, Blue Dream, Celebrity Journey Azamara
Azamara Quest 2000 R Seven, Delphin Renaissance, Blue Moon Azamara
Bahamas Celebration 1981 Prinsesse Ragnhild Celebration Line
Balmoral 1988 Crown Odyssey, Norwegian Crown Fred. Olsen
Black Watch 1972 Royal Viking Star, Westward, Star Odyssey Fred. Olsen
Bleu de France 1981 Europa, Superstar Aries, Holiday Dream Croisieres de France
Boudicca 1972 Royal Viking Sky, Sunward, Birka Queen, Golden Princess, Superstar Capricorn, Hyundai Kumgang, Grand Latino Fred. Olsen
Braemar 1993 Crown Dynasty, Crown Majesty, Norwegian Dynasty Fred. Olsen
Costa Allegra 1969 Annie Johnson, Alexandria COSTA
Costa Marina 1969 Axel Johnson COSTA
Discovery 1972 Island Venture, Island Princess Voyages of Discovery
Empress 1990 Nordic Empress, Empress of the Seas PULLMANTUR
Grand Celebration 1987 Celebration for Carnival Iberocruceros
Grand Holiday 1985 Holiday for Carnival Iberocruceros
Grand Voyager 2000 Olympic Voyager Iberojet
Happy Dolphin 1990 Orient Venus, Cruise One, Delphin Voyager Delphin Kreuzfahrten
Horizon 1990 Island Star, Pacific Dream PULLMANTUR
Insignia 1998 R One OCEANIA
Island Escape 1982 Scandinavia, Viking Serenade Island Cruises
Louis Cristal 1992 Sally Albatross, SuperStar Taurus, Leeward, Silja Opera,, Opera, Cristal LOUIS
Louis Majesty 1992 Royal Majesty, Norwegian Majesty LOUIS
Ocean Dream 1981 Tropicale (for Carnival), Costa Tropicale, Pacific Star PULLMANTUR
Ocean Pearl 1970 Song of Norway, Sundream, Dream Princess, Dream, Clipper Pacific, Festival Happy Cruises
Ocean Star Pacific 1971 Nordic Prince, Carousel, Aquamarine, Arielle LOUIS
Oceana 2000 Ocean Princess P&O
Marco Polo 1965 Alexandr Pushkin Transocean Tours
Mein Schiff 1 1996 Galaxy, Celebrity Galaxy, Mein Schiff TUI
Mein Schiff 2 1997 Mercury, Celebrity Mercury TUI
Mona Lisa 1966 Kungsholm, Sea Princess, Victoria, Oceanic II Lord Nelson Seereisen
Armonia 2001 European Vision MSC
MSC Melody 1982 Atlantic, Starship Atlantic MSC
MSC Sinfonia 2002 European Stars MSC
Nautica 2000 R Five, R5 Blue Dream OCEANIA
Norwegian Dawn 2002 SuperStar Scorpio NCL
Norwegian Sky 1999 Costa Olympica, Norwegian Sky, Pride of Aloha NCL
Norwegian Spirit 1998 SuperStar Leo NCL
Norwegian Star 2001 SuperStar Libra NCL
MS Pacific 1971 Pacific Princess, Sea Venture Quail
Pacific Dawn 1991 Regal Princess P&O
Pacific Jewel 1990 Crown Princess, A'Rosa Blu, AIDAblu, Ocean Village Two P&O
Pacific Pearl 1989 Fairmajesty, Star Princess, Arcadia, Ocean Village One P&O
Pacific Princess 1999 R Three PRINCESS
Pacific Sun 1986 Jubilee for Carnival P&O
Pride of America 2005 Queen of the Americas NCL America
MS Prinsendam 1988 Seabourn Sun, Royal Viking Sun HAL
Sea Princess 1998 Adonia PRINCESS
Regatta 1998 R Two OCEANIA
Saga Ruby 1973 Vistafjord, Caronia SAGA
Sovereign 1987 Sovereign of the Seas PULLMANTUR
Star Pisces 1990 Kalypso STAR
SuperStar Aquarius 1993 Windward, Norwegian Wind STAR
SuperStar Libra 1988 Seaward, Norwegian Sea STAR
The Emerald 1957 Santa Rosa, Regent Rainbow, Emerald LOUIS
Thomson Celebration 1984 Noordam for HAL THOMSON
Thomson Destiny 1982 Sunbird, Song of America THOMSON
Thomson Dream 1986 Westerdam for HAL, Homeric, Costa Europa COSTA
Thomson Spirit 1983 Nieuw Amsterdam for HAL, Patriot THOMSON

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