Golden Iris

Former names: MS Rhapsody, Cunard Princess, Cunard Conquest

Golden Iris last position

Golden Iris last location was at Aegean Sea (coordinates 38.42694 N / 23.60393 E) cruising en route to CHALKIS. The AIS position was reported 5 months ago.

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Specifications of Golden Iris

Year built1977  /  Age: 45
Flag state Panama
BuilderBWSC - Burmeister & Wain Shipyard (Copenhagen, Denmark)
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 namesMS Rhapsody, Cunard Princess, Cunard Conquest
OwnerMano Maritime
OperatorMano Cruises (Israel)

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The 1975-built MS Golden Iris cruise ship is owned by Mano Maritime - Israeli shipping company(a subsidiary of Mano Holdings Group) and owner of container ships. The vessel was constructed in Copenhagen Denmark for Cunard Line (via Cunard Cruise Ships Ltd) and launched under the name "MS Cunard Conquest". The shipowner is Mano Maritime Israel - shipping company, subsidiary of Mano Holdings Group (owned by Moshe Mano) and owner of box ships (container carriers). Liner's only fleet mate is Crown Iris (fka "Louis Majesty" and "Princess Iris").

History - construction and ownership

In 1977, the 1000-passenger ship was renamed to "MS Cunard Princess". In 1995 the vessel was put in service with StarLauro Cruises (later known as MSC Cruises). In the period 1995-2006, it was named "MS Rhapsody", with shipowner Gramerco International Corporation. The current shipowner (Mano Maritime) acquired the boat in 2009 via Mint Marine Ltd.

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 the 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 centre featuring amazing sea views, sports facilities, full duty-free shopping arcade, fully stocked modern bar, spacious swimming pools (including children's pool), pool bar, jacuzzi, 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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