Princess Iris

Princess Iris Review and Specifications

Specifications of Princess Iris

Year built1992  /  Age : 27
Flag state Panama
BuilderWartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)
Building costUSD 230 million
OwnerMano Maritime
OperatorMano Cruises (Israel)
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)207 m / 679 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage40876 gt
Passengers1462 - 1970
Passengers-to-space ratio28
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesBirka Queen, Royal Majesty, Norwegian Majesty (NCL), Louis Majesty, Thomson Majesty, Celestyal Majesty, Crown Iris
Christened byLiza Minnelli

Review of Princess Iris

Launched in 1992, MS Princess Iris cruise ship is owned by Mano Maritime - Israeli shipping company( subsidiary of Mano Holdings Group) and owner of boxships (container carriers). Its fleetmate is Golden Iris.

History - construction and ownership

Ship's previous owner (Louis Group Plc) leased it to Celestyal Cruises (Louis Group's subsidiary company). The liner was built as "MS Royal Majesty" and in 2012-2017 was operated under long-therm by the UK company Marella Cruises (formerly "Thomson Cruises").

In 2017, Thomson UK ended the charter with Louis Group. The cruise ship left Thomson's fleet in November 2017 and joined Celestyal Cruises fleet (starting operations in March 2018). The ship was renamed to "Celestyal Majesty" and deployed in Western Mediterranean to operate on roundtrips leaving from Greece and Turkey.

In July 2018, Louis Group announced that the Malta-flagged liner was sold to Mano Cruises (Israel). The vessel was laid up in Piraeus-Athens, waiting for drydock refurbishment before entering service for Mano (now Panama-flagged). Following the drydock, it would be renamed "Crown Iris", starting operations in 2019. The refurb will result in upgraded staterooms and 5 new restaurants

Thomson Majesty cruise ship

The 40,876-ton, 1,506-passenger Princess Iris was originally ordered as "MS Royal Majesty" for Majesty Cruise Line. In 1997, the cruise liner was sold to NCL Norwegian Cruise Line. The vessel has the highest Finnish-Swedish ice class for passenger ship. As Norwegian Majesty, in 1998 the vessel was stretched (elongated) by adding a 33-m long midship section. The project was done at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven GmbH (Bremerhaven Germany). The ship was sold to Louis Group in 2008.

Cruise itinerary program

Princess Iris cruise itineraries are from homeport Haifa Israel. Itinerary options range from 2-day to 14-day long voyages. 2-day mini cruises visit Limassol (Cyprus). 14-day itineraries visit Black Sea ports (in Bulgaria and Romania) as well as Greece.

Celestyal Majesty itinerary program offered 3-day and 4-day Eastern Mediterranean ("Greek Isles") cruises leaving roundtrip from homeports Piraeus-Athens (Greece) and Kusadasi-Ephesus (Turkey).

Thomson Majesty itinerary program was based on Mediterranean Sea voyages leaving roundtrip from Greece (Athens) and Canary Islands (homeports Tenerife and Gran Canaria).


Princess Iris has a total of 727 cabins (of which 6 Suites, 477 Oceanview, 250 Inside, 20 Single, 4 Wheelchair accessible) in 16 grades. Most Princess Iris staterooms are 110-sq.foot Oceanview. Only 4 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Thomson Majesty are the Grand Suites (400 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

There are 5 restaurants onboard Princess Iris. The open-seating Seven Seas Restaurant offers elegant waiter-service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Four Seasons Restaurant is a smaller and intimate dining room with the same dining choices as the Seven Seas. Le Bistro is a la carte and boasts stylish interiors and a small cover charge. Cafe Royale buffet spreads 24 hours a day. Guests can enjoy cooked breakfasts and even late-night snacks. Piazza San Marco serves snacks like pizzas and burgers out on the pool deck. Room service can be ordered 24 hours a day for your cabin. Remember the Gala night - weekly Captain's Gala Dinner and Cocktail Party, worth dressing up for.

Thomson Majesty cruise ship

Follows the complete list of cruise ship's restaurants and food bars.

  • Four Seasons Restaurant (the smaller of the two Dining Rooms; offers more intimate atmosphere; dinner only, with 5-course dinner menu)
  • Le Bistro Restaurant (French cuisine specialty restaurant, reservations-only with a la carte priced menu; also offers vegetarian choices)
  • Seven Seas Restaurant (the bigger Dining Room, open-seating; offers waiter-service Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Buffet style dining is offered at breakfast; the restaurant hosts the formal Captain's Gala Reception and Dinner)
  • Cafe Royale (the smaller of the two buffet restaurants; operates as self-service dining venue, part of which are The Chef's Corners Buffets)
  • The Chef's Corners (offers pancakes, freshly baked waffles, classic fast food; serves the pool area with complimentary fast food and ice cream which costs extra)
  • Piazza San Marco Restaurant (casual Lido buffet restaurant with large wraparound panoramic windows).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

There are 5 bars on the ship. The Royal Observatory with its live music and great views is one of the most sophisticated cocktail bars onboard a cruise ship. Rendezvous also offers live music and late-night cabarets. Polo Club is a central bar suitable for pre-drinks. The Coffee Bar is ideal for afternoon pick-me-ups, and Topsiders Bar is a poolside bar for drinks in the sunshine - in the evenings, it’s a setting for deck parties. The two lounges onboard are the Jubilee Lounge, bringing performances from UK guest acts and crew singers, live band sets, game shows, late-night discos; the Royal Fireworks, offering cabarets, quizzes, performances from resident trios. Another opportunity for entertainment is the large Monte Carlo Casino, with full range of slot machines and gaming tables. The stage for pilates and zumba during the day is Frame 52. Two swimming pools are also available for cruisers.

Thomson Majesty cruise ship

Follows the complete list of the cruise ship lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Royal Fireworks Lounge (served by the Wi-Fi spot Rendezvous Bar; daily entertainment features trivia quizzes, bingo games, live piano performances; in the evenings it offers cabarets and live band music)
  • Browsers’ Corner (24-hour combined Library and Internet Cafe)
  • Broad Street Shops (duty-free shopping arcade with boutiques selling watches, fine jewelry, Mano Cruises logo merchandise, luxury perfumes, fashion clothes, liquor, tobaccos, convenience goods); Boutique (luxury Spa cosmetics, beauty products)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Card Room; Reading Room; Coffee Bar (Wi-Fi spot)
  • Polo Club (a classy cocktail bar with a grand piano and party band)
  • Jubilee Lounge (ship’s theater for grand-style evening production shows: music revues, cabaret, comedy acts, live music performances; transforms into a disco nightclubat nights; Afternoon Tea is served on sea days)
  • Monte Carlo Casino (served by its own Bar)
  • The Frame 52 Disco nightclub (daily wellness classes: Aerobics, personal training, Yoga and Pilates are at extra charge)
  • Royal Observatory (indoor observation lounge/Wi-Fi spot)
  • Main Pool area (2 swimming pools - one main flanked by two whirlpools, and one adult-only, sunbathing area; served by Pool Bar and Topsiders Bar)
  • Kids’ Club (play area, complimentary; offers supervised age-appropriate activities for kids 3-11 yo); Video Games Arcade; Graffiti’s Teen Area
  • Sana Wellness Centre (Spa complex, consisting of Beauty Salon, well-equipped Gym, 4 Treatment Rooms, room with whirlpool tub, Sauna)
  • Oceans Spa & Gym (Wellness Centre: Spa treatments, hairdresser/barber services, Massage Rooms, Saunas, Beauty Salon, Relaxation Area; The Gym has a separate Aerobic Studio).

Princess Iris wiki

The vessel was built in 1992 and originally ordered as "MS Birka Queen" by Birka Cruises. However, it was completed and launched under the name "ms Royal Majesty" and her godmother is Liza May Minnelli (US actress and singer). The ship debuted as a part of Majesty Cruise Line's fleet (operational between 1992-1997, now defunct). Since then the vessel's name (and owner) has been changed 3 times, with former names "Norwegian Majesty" (for NCL Norwegian) and Louis Majesty (Louis Cruises / Celestyal Cruises). The vessel was sold to NCL in 1997 when was enlarged during a drydock refit (lengthened by 34 m / 112 ft) at Lloyd Werft shipyard (Bremerhaven, Germany).

The ship was part of 1995's "Titanic Cruise" expedition to the sinking site of RMS Titanic. Royal Majesty carried survivors from the Titanic disaster while parts of the sunken liner were being salvaged.

In 2012-2017, the ship (previously "Louis Majesty") was operated under charter by Thomson UK (Marella Cruises). Thoson carried out fleetwide refurbishment plan for upgrades to in-house category "Platinum Status" (akin to 4-star ranking).

The following table shows ship's last cruise for Thomson (Marella). The 7 nights / 8 days itinerary (themed "Spirit of Iberia") was roundtrip from Spain. Prices started from USD 680 pp (double occupancy).

19 Nov      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
21 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
22 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Portimao, Portugal   
23 Nov 09:00 - 19:00     Casablanca, Morocco   
24 Nov 09:00 - 18:00     Gibraltar, UK   
25 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Cadiz, Spain   
26 Nov      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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