Golden Iris Review and Specifications
Specifications of Golden Iris
|Year built||1977 / Age : 41|
|Builder||BWSC - Burmeister & Wain Shipyard (Copenhagen, Denmark)|
|Speed||19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph|
|Length (LOA)||165 m / 541 ft|
|Beam (width)||23 m / 75 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||16852 gt|
|Passengers||800 - 959|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Former names||Cunard 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 / Time||Port|
|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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price 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|