MS Delphin Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Delphin
|Year built||1975 / Age : 45|
|Builder||Wartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)|
|Owner||Vishal Cruises Ltd. (India)|
|Speed||22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||157 m / 515 ft|
|Beam (width)||22 m / 72 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||16214 gt|
|Passengers||474 - 640|
|Decks with cabins||4|
|Sister-ships||Azerbaizhan, Gruziya, Kareliya, Kazakhstan|
|Former names||Kazakhstan II, Byelorussiya|
Review of MS Delphin
MS Delphin cruise ship was originally designed and 975-built as passenger ferry by Wartsila in Turku, Finland. The vessel is owned by the Mauritius-based company Vishal Cruises. and currently operated under 5-year charter to Pampa Cruises.
NEWS: In early-2019 there were rumors about the ship being sold to the Florida USA-based company Cruise Retirement. Following the acquisition, the vessel was supposed to be renamed to "Enchanted Explorer" and turned into a residential ship. This means that its staterooms will be offered for rent (as hotel rooms) or open for sale (as private apartments).
Cruise itinerary program
In November 2017, the Argentina-based Alteza Cruises announced the company's plans to charter the ship for the period February 2018 through April 2019. From homeport Buenos Aires were scheduled roundtrip itineraries to Antarctica, Patagonia, southern Brazil and Chile, also short-breaks in Argentina and Uruguay, with inaugural cruise scheduled for February 7. However, in February 2018 Alteza Cruises didn't start operations.
On May 8, 2018, the Brazil-based Pampa Cruises announced company's plans to charter MS Delphin for year-round South America cruises to Argentina and Brazil with 3-night to 16-night itineraries. The charter deals were for the period of October 2018 through September 2019.
- Pampa Cruises itineraries include 5 homeports (Santos, Salvador, Recife, Buenos Aires and Ushuaia) for roundtrips to ports in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
- Some itineraries visit Fernando de Noronha archipelago (Brazil) - UNESCO site that is currently visited only by luxury and expedition vessels. MS Delphin is best-sized for Fernando de Noronha as vessels visiting the archipelago must follow strict regulations and have passenger capacity under 450.
- Pampa Cruises itinerary program also includes as destinations Patagonia, Chilean fjords and Transatlantic crossing between Brazil and Greece.
Cabin categories on MS Delphin include:
- (Decks 2-3-4) Inside and Oceanview cabins (porthole windows on Deck 3) have 2 bunk beds and a double sofabed.
- (Deck 2) Oceanview cabins have 2 bunk beds plus double sofabed.
- (Boat Deck) cabins in categories "Comfort" (Komfortkabinen) and "Luxury" (Luxuskabinen) are with large windows, double bed (with separate mattresses), separate living-sleeping areas, premium furniture (sofa, armchair, coffee table), refrigerator (minibar).
- (Boat Deck) Window Suites have large slanted windows, separate living room (luxury furniture, 2-seat dining table, minibar), bedroom (double bed with separate mattresses), bathroom (with whirlpool bathtub).
- All staterooms have as standard amenities flat TV, radio, phone, electronic safe, hairdryer, writing desk (mirrored vanity table with chair), bedside tables and reading lamps, en-suite bathroom (washbasin, WC, shower), individually controlled air conditioning.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
The main meals onboard are based on classic Crusader times. Pacific Restaurant operates with assigned seating (fixed dining times). Dining tables as capacity are 4-6-8-seat. In addition to dinner, there are up to 6 meals served per day - from early breakfast to a midnight snack. Coffee, tea and cakes are served every afternoon, light snacks are served at midnight. Breakfast includes an extensive buffet. Lunch and dinner are with multi-course menus.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
The Grand Salon is the ship's theatre (main show lounge). Other venues and facilities include Lido Bar, Wine Bar, Salon Penguin, Dolphin Lounge, Sky Club (disco), retail shopping arcade (Board shop, Boutique, Parfumery), PhotoShop, Tour Office (travel agency / onboard cruise booking and information), Library. The ship has its own fleet of Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable boats used for passenger landings). One lift (elevator) connects all the 7 passenger decks.
Fitness (Gym and Studio for classes), outdoor jogging track, deck games (shuffleboard), ping pong / tennis tables, darts, sports court (volleyball / basketball), heated swimming pool (outdoor), Finnish Sauna and Steam Room (both free of charge), Spa and Beauty Salon (hairdresser, cosmetics, aromatherapy, massages, manicure and pedicure).
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Vessel's construction started with the keel-laying ceremony on October 1, 1973. It was completed (delivered to the shipowner Black Sea Shipping Company, Russia / USSR) on January 15, 1975, as the ferry "Belorussiya" (capacity 505 passengers, 256 cars).
As Belorussiya-class ferry, the vessel has 4 1975-built sisterships - Gruziya (now "Salamis Filoxenia" for Salamis Cruises), Kareliya (now "Starry Metropolis", casino ship in Hong Kong), Kazakhstan (ferry scrapped 2011) and Azerbaijan (now "Enchanted Capri", hotel ship for oil rigs in Gulf of Mexico).
The ship is powered by two 4-stroke MAN marine diesel engines (model SEMT-Pielstick 18PC2-2V) with combined output 13,25 MW. Propulsion consists of 1x bow thruster and 2x shafts with variable pitch propellers. Electrical power is generated by 4x diesel generators. The hull is ice-strengthened ( ice class E1).
The ship was drydock rebuilt twice - in 1986 (converted to the cruise ship by Lloyd-Werft in Bremerhaven Germany / car deck was converted to cabins) and in 1993 (when was renamed to "Kazakhstan II").
In May 1996 the ship was purchased by the Malta-based company "Sea Delphin Shipping" and renamed to "MV Dolphin". In January 2012, the vessel was sold to Vishal Cruises Ltd. Between March 2012-December 2015, it was chartered to the German company Passat Kreuzfahrten.
January through August 2015, the ship was chartered by the US Navy, permanently moored at Viktor Lenac shipyard (Rijeka, Croatia) and used as a hotel ship for the military personnel. June 2016 through November 2017, the cruise ship was chartered by ETStur (Turkey-based tour travel agency).
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