Golden Iris

Golden Iris Review and Specifications

Specifications of Golden Iris

Year built1977  /  Age : 41
Flag state Panama
BuilderBWSC - Burmeister & Wain Shipyard (Copenhagen, Denmark)
OwnerMano Maritime
OperatorMano Cruises
Speed19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA)165 m / 541 ft
Beam (width)23 m / 75 ft
Gross Tonnage16852 gt
Passengers800 - 959
Passengers-to-space ratio20
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2009
Former namesCunard Conquest, Cunard Princess, MS Rhapsody

Current itinerary of Golden Iris

Golden Iris current cruise is 5 days, round-trip Greece. The itinerary starts on 11 Nov, 2018 and ends on 16 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
11 Nov 12:00      Departing from Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel   
12 Nov 18:30 - 13 Nov 17:00     Rhodes Island, Greece   
14 Nov 08:00 - 15:00     Samos Island, Greece   
16 Nov 08:00      Arriving in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel   

Review of Golden Iris

Launched in 1975, MS Golden Iris cruise ship is owned by Mano Maritime - Israeli shipping company( subsidiary of Mano Holdings Group) and owner of container ships. Its fleetmate is Princess Iris (former Louis Majesty). The vessel was constructed in Copenhagen Denmark for Cunard Line. and launched under the name "MS Cunard Conquest".

History - construction and ownership

In 1977, the 16,852-ton, 1,000-passenger cruise ship was renamed to "MS Cunard Princess". In 1995 the vessel was put in service with StarLauro Cruises (later known as MSC Cruises). For a short period of time it was operated under its old name, before being renamed to "MS Rhapsody". The current shipowner Mano Maritime acquired the ship in 2009.

Golden Iris cruise ship

MS Golden Iris cruises leaving from Israel to different ports in Europe on board the 5-star luxurious cruise ship, with 4 meals a day.

Golden Iris cruise ship

An interesting fact is that the ship was originally one of two cruise vessels ordered by the US-based Overseas National Airways. The founder of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, was involved in the ship design process, envisioning the vessels as "floating Playboy Clubs".


Golden Iris cruise itinerary program offers roundtrips leaving from homeport Haifa Israel. The ship operates on 2-304-5-day cruises to Greek Islands, visiting Rhodes, Cyprus (Limassol, Larnaca), Crete (Agios Nikolaos).

Combined Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea cruises visit Greece (Thessaloniki, Kavala, Syros Island), Romania (Constanta), Bulgaria (Varna, Burgas).

Haifa roundtrip departures are offered in the period March through November, with around 60 turnarounds (roundtrips) and approx 50,000 passenger capacity per year.


Golden Iris offers a total of 400 passenger cabins, inside and outside.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Golden Iris has a Main dining room (named Meridian Restaurant), a Lido buffet restaurant (Outrigger Buffet) and Outrigger Cafe.

Golden Iris cruise ship

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Despite Golden Iris was built in Denmark, all her interior decoration was done in Italy. Guests can choose from different cruise packages, pleasant rooms and suites, live entertainment and many attractions on board. The Golden Iris is known as Israel's golden passenger liner.

The vessel provides her guests with a fitness center featuring amazing sea views, sports facilities, full duty free shopping arcade, fully stocked modern bar, spacious swimming pools (including children's pool), pool bar, jaccuzzi, sun tanning decks, sauna and jogging track.

Other amenities include: Children Play Room, Beauty Salon & Spa, Library, Card Room, Show Boat Lounge (with Dance Floor & Stage), Photo Gallery, 8 Bolls Night Club (Disco with Dance Foor & Stage), TopSail Lounge, Casino (Slot Machines), Piano Bar.

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    Golden Iris Itineraries

    The below listed Golden Iris cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

    DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
    2018 Nov 08 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2018 Nov 11 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2018 Nov 16 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2018 Nov 18 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2018 Nov 22 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa