MS Gemini

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MS Gemini in Stavanger
MS Gemini in Stavanger
Career
Name: 1992 - 1993: Crown Jewel
1993 - 1995: Cunard Crown Jewel
1995 - 2009: Superstar Gemini
2009 - 2009: Vision Star
2009 onwards: MS Gemini
Owner: 1992 - 1995: Crown Cruise Line
1995 - 2009: Star Cruises
2009 - present: Jewel Owner Ltd.
Operator: 1992 - 1993: Crown Cruise Line
1993 - 1995: Cunard
1995 - 2009: Star Cruises
2009 - 2011: Quail Travel Group
Port of registry: 1992 - 2009: Panama,  Panama
2009 - 2009: Valletta,  Malta
2010 onwards: Majuro,  Marshall Islands
Builder: Union Navale de Levante, Valencia
Yard number: 197
Completed: 1992
Identification: IMO number: 9000687
Status: Currently for sale or for charter
General characteristics
Type: Motor Ship
Tonnage: 19,093 GT
Length: 163.81 m (537 ft 5 in)
Beam: 22.5 m (73 ft 10 in)
Draught: 5.40 m (17 ft 9 in)
Installed power: 4 x Wärtsilä 8R32 Diesels
Propulsion: 2 x Controllable pitch propellers
2 x bow thrusters
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Capacity: 916 passengers

MS Gemini is a cruise ship operated by Quail Travel Group. She was built in 1992 by Union Navale de Levante, Valencia, Spain for Crown Cruise Line as Crown Jewel. She has also sailed under the name Cunard Crown Jewel. She also operated as SuperStar Gemini for Star Cruises from 1995 to 2008.

History[edit]

The Crown Jewel was built in 1992 for Crown Cruise Line (a subsidiary of EffJohn[1]), and which was itself the merger of Finland Steamship Company and Johnson Line. The vessel Crown Jewel/Gemini is the largest cruise ship ever built in Spain.[2] Crown Cruise Line used the ship for cruises from the United States to Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean. In 1993 the ship was chartered to Cunard Line and renamed Cunard Crown Jewel.[3] In 1995 the ship was sold to Star Cruises, and renamed SuperStar Gemini and placed on cruise traffic from Singapore.[3][4] In February 1997 the ship suffered an engine room fire.[4]

In September 2007 Star Cruises reported that SuperStar Gemini had been sold and left the company fleet in December 2008.[5] Reportedly the buyer was Jewel Owner Ltd., a company in the Bahamas-based Clipper Group of Denmark, who would charter the ship to a new operator in 2009.[6] In 2008, the Clipper Group announced that they would rename the ship the Vision Star and lease the ship to the Spanish cruise ship operator, Vision Cruises. In March 2009, Vision Cruises ceased operations. In early 2009, Mediterranean Classic Cruises (formerly Monarch Classic Cruises) was booking cruises in the Aegean Sea aboard the Vision Star. However, these cruises were cancelled due to the non-availability of the Vision Star from Vision Cruises. Instead, the SuperStar Gemini was renamed Gemini, and currently has a Spanish operator, Quail Travel Group. Since the bankruptcy of Quail in 2011 Gemini has been laid up in Tilbury Docks, Essex, and awaits sale or charter.[7]

Former cruises[edit]

MS Gemini in Stavanger

SuperStar Gemini was based in Singapore and she cruised to various destinations year round in the South China Sea, Gulf of Thailand, and Straits of Malacca. Superstar Gemini embarked on a three month voyage around the Pacific including a full circumnavigation of the Australian continent and visited various cities e.g. Melbourne, Sydney, Perth (Fremantle), Brisbane, Komodo and Bali between November 2007 and February 2008.

For her final 2008 season for Star Cruises after returning from her Australian deployment Superstar Gemini was sailing a combination of Straits of Malacca 7 day cruises and six - 21 day roundtrips from Singapore via Koh Samui, Laem Chebang, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hong Kong, Halong Bay, Nha Trang, Kota Kinabalu, and Kuching returning to Singapore.

The last cruise for Star Cruises departed Singapore for a 7 day cruise to the Straits of Malacca on 28 December 2008. SuperStar Gemini arrived at the Singapore Cruise Centre for the last time on 4 January 2009 at 8.30am after her final cruise in the Straits of Malacca. She was seen leaving the Singapore Cruise Centre at 5.45pm for Port Klang. After that, she was refitted and delivered to her new owners.

Recent cruises[edit]

MS Gemini had a Spanish operator, Quail Travel Group (operating under the trademark "Happy Cruises"), and since November 2010 was sailing the Caribbean, based in La Havana and including stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Paradise Island. From May to October 2011 MS Gemini was scheduled to sail the Mediterranean with stops in (amongst others) Venice, Athens and Istanbul. Due to Happy Cruises ceasing operations on September 24, 2011 she had to terminate her cruise at Valencia, Spain.[8]

International Shipping Partners, the current owner of the MS Gemini and the MV Ocean Pearl, have issued a statement saying that both ships will now be available for sale or charter.[9] After the crew went on strike in Gibraltar,[10] MS Gemini was berthed on October 25, 2011, at Tilbury Docks, UK,[11][12] while the MV Ocean Pearl left Tilbury Docks on April 17, 2012.[13]

Gemini is now on charter to Petrofac. The company who are building an 800 million pound gas plant for French company Total. She is due to arrive in Shetland in the second week of July 2014, and is expected to be berthed at Dales Voe where she will be used to accommodate around 400 more oil workers in a push to complete Total's Gas Plant.

Amenities[edit]

  • Pool Bar
  • Mariner’s Buffet
  • Mariners Patio Bar
  • Bar Gemini
  • Galaxy Bar
  • Ocean Palace Restaurant
  • Fortuna Karaoke
  • Star Club (Games of chance)
  • Galaxy of the Stars (Cabaret and Showlounge)
  • Star Lounge
  • Star Deck (Sunbathing)
  • Swimming Pool & Jacuzzi
  • Spa & Gymnasium
  • Star Track (Jogging track)
  • Salon, Shops, Library with Internet
  • Mahjong & Card Room
  • Library & Internet
  • Video Arcade
  • Children’s Center

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simplon Postcards: Star Cruises / SuperStar Gemini, retrieved 29. 9. 2007
  2. ^ Ward, Douglas: Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2006, page 604. Berlitz Publishing 2006. ISBN 981-246-739-4
  3. ^ a b Miller, William H. Jr: Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994, page 112. Dover Publications, New York, 1995. ISBN 0-486-28137-X
  4. ^ a b (Swedish) Fakta om Fartyg: M/S Crown Jewel (1992), retrieved 29. 9. 2007
  5. ^ Cruise Business Review 29. 9. 2007: Star Cruises sold SuperStar Gemini, retrieved 29. 9. 2007
  6. ^ (Finnish) FCBS Forum: Star Cruises myy SuperStar Geminin, retrieved 29. 9. 2007
  7. ^ "ISP - Fleet Information". International Shipping Partners. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "(Un) Happy Cruises Ceases Operations". 
  9. ^ "ISP Issues Statement on Happy Cruises". 2011-09-28. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. 
  10. ^ "Gemini as of October 4, 2011". shipspotting.com. 2011-10-04. "Currently at Gibraltar, the operators are bankrupt, and crew members on strike as they have not been paid their wages for a couple of months." 
  11. ^ "Gemini - Last Position Received". marinetraffic.com. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "MS Gemini berthed at Port of Tillbury, UK". Google Maps. 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Outward from Tilbury Dock, River Thames on the 11th July 2012 she entered George V Dock in Docklands". shipspotting.com. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 

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