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Golden Iris

Former names: MS Rhapsody, Cunard Princess, Cunard Conquest

Golden Iris Review and Specifications

Specifications of Golden Iris

Year built1977  /  Age : 42
Flag state Panama
BuilderBWSC - Burmeister & Wain Shipyard (Copenhagen, Denmark)
OwnerMano Maritime
OperatorMano Cruises (Israel)
Speed19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA)165 m / 541 ft
Beam (width)23 m / 75 ft
Gross Tonnage16852 gt
Passengers800 - 959
Crew350
Passengers-to-space ratio20
Decks8
Cabins400
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2009
Former namesMS Rhapsody, Cunard Princess, Cunard Conquest

Current itinerary of Golden Iris

Golden Iris current cruise is 3 days, round-trip Cyprus. The itinerary starts on 15 Oct, 2019 and ends on 18 Oct, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
15 Oct 17:00    Departing from Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel hotels
16 Oct 13:00 - 17 Oct 16:00    Limassol, Cyprus
18 Oct 08:00    Arriving in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel hotels

Review of Golden Iris

Launched in 1975, 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. 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 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".

Itineraries

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.

Cabins

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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    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
    2019 Sep 27 5 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2019 Oct 02 9 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2019 Oct 11 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2019 Oct 15 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2019 Oct 18 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2019 Oct 22 12 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2019 Nov 03 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2019 Nov 07 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2019 Nov 10 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2019 Nov 15 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2019 Nov 17 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2019 Nov 21 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2019 Nov 24 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2019 Nov 28 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Apr 02 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Apr 05 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Apr 07 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Apr 12 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Apr 16 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Apr 19 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Apr 23 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Apr 26 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Apr 30 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 May 03 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 May 08 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 May 10 12 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 May 22 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 May 24 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 May 28 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 May 31 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Jun 04 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Jun 07 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Jun 12 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Jun 21 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Jun 25 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Jun 28 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Jul 03 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Jul 05 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Jul 09 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Jul 19 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Jul 24 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Jul 26 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Jul 30 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Aug 02 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Aug 07 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Aug 09 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Aug 14 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Aug 16 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Aug 21 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Aug 23 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Aug 28 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Aug 30 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Sep 03 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Sep 06 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Sep 11 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Sep 13 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Sep 17 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Sep 21 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Oct 02 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Oct 04 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Oct 08 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Oct 11 12 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Oct 23 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Oct 25 4 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Oct 29 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Nov 01 5 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Nov 06 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Nov 08 4 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Nov 12 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa
    2020 Nov 15 12 days, round-trip Greece Haifa
    2020 Nov 27 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Haifa

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