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 3 days, round-trip Cyprus. Prices start from USD 299 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 20 Sep, 2018 and ends on 23 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
20 Sep      Departing from Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel   
21 Sep 13:00 - 15:00     Larnaca, Cyprus   
23 Sep      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 Jul 12 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2018 Jul 15 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2018 Jul 20 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2018 Aug 12 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2018 Aug 17 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2018 Aug 19 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2018 Aug 24 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$306
    2018 Aug 26 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa$920
    2018 Aug 30 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$363
    2018 Sep 02 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa$436
    2018 Sep 07 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$217
    2018 Sep 09 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$552
    2018 Sep 13 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$280
    2018 Sep 16 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$169
    2018 Sep 20 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$299
    2018 Sep 23 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa$610
    2018 Sep 28 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$426
    2018 Oct 02 12 days, round-trip Greece Haifa$1107
    2018 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Greece Haifa$620
    2018 Oct 21 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$335
    2018 Oct 25 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$242
    2018 Oct 28 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa$339
    2018 Nov 02 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$203
    2018 Nov 04 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$290
    2018 Nov 08 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$242
    2018 Nov 11 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa$339
    2018 Nov 16 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$193
    2018 Nov 18 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$290
    2018 Nov 22 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa$260