MV Corinthian

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Corinthian arriving at Tallinn 12 August 2015.JPG
Cruise ship Corinthian arriving at Tallinn 12 August 2015
  • Renaissance Four
  • Clelia II
  • Orion II
Owner: GCCL Malta Fleet 4
Port of registry:
Builder: Cantieri Navale Ferrari-Signani, Italy
Launched: March 1990
Completed: 1990
Refit: 2009
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Type: Passenger ship
Length: 88 m (288 ft 9 in)[1]
Beam: 15.3 m (50 ft 2 in)[1]
Draft: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)[1]
  • 2 × 2,520 kW (3,379 hp) MAN B&W diesel engines
  • Bow thrusters[1]
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)[1]
Capacity: 100 passengers[1]
Crew: 70[1]

MV Corinthian is a cruise vessel that operates on the Great Lakes, in the Mediterranean, and around Antarctica.[3][4][5] Summer ports of call in the Great Lakes include Toronto, Port Weller, Little Current, Mackinac Island, Houghton, Michigan, Thunder Bay and Duluth, Minnesota.[6] She was launched in 1990, built by Cantiere Navale Ferrari-Signani in La Spezia, Italy and was operated by Renaissance Cruises and Great Lakes Cruise Company[6] as the Renaissance IV. After Renaissance Cruises ceased operations, she was known for a time as the Clelia II.

In December 2010 the Clelia II was partially disabled by a rogue wave while transiting the Drake Passage.[5] The rogue wave also damaged the ship's bridge.[7] The nearby National Geographic Endeavour rendered assistance.

The London Free Press reported that during its thirteen visits during the 2010 season passengers and crew spent $600,000 CAD in Little Current, a small community on Manitoulin Island.[8]

Chartered by New York-based Travel Dynamics International, on 26 December 2009, the Clelia II, ran aground along the Antarctic Peninsula, its starboard propeller hitting the rocks resulting in the shutdown of the starboard engine and loss of electrical power aboard the ship. Another tourist ship, the Corinthian II, was nearby and helped pull it off the rocks.[9]

She is currently operated by Grand Circle Cruise Line. She carries approximately 100 passengers.

Cabin Features[edit]

  • All outside cabins
  • Cabin sizes are each at least 215 sq. ft. in area
  • Queen-size bed (convertible to twin beds)
  • Private bath with shower
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • TV, DVD/CD player, and telephone
  • In-room safe
  • All non-smoking cabins [10]

Ship and crew information[edit]

  • Length: 290 ft.
  • Beam: 50 ft.
  • Draft: 12 ft.
  • Cabin size: 215 sq ft. minimum, with queen beds (convertible to 2 twins)
  • Capacity: 98 passengers, 55 crew (and a 6-member Expedition Team in Antarctica)
  • Grand Circle Cruise Line group: 4 groups of no more than 25 travelers, each with its own expert, resident Program Director (aboard a 98-passenger ship)
  • Elevator service to all passenger decks
  • Built: 1990
  • Refurbished: 2015 [10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "MV Orion II". 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "ORION II". 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Media Advisory and Photo opportunity - Toronto Port Authority welcomes M.V. Clelia II as first cruise vessel in port for 2010". Canada Newswire. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2012-04-23. The Clelia II will make 7 trips to Duluth from Toronto with 7 trips back this season (the same as in 2009).  mirror
  4. ^ Jeff Sutton (2010-05-27). "Small wonder - Clelia II makes cruising the Greek Islands an elite experience". Boston Herald. p. 47. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  5. ^ a b "Storm-Battered Antarctic Cruise Ship Limps Home". CBS News. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2012-04-23. Video of the Clelia II bobbing in high waves was filmed from another ship, the National Geographic Explorer, which saw the Clelia II in distress and stopped to monitor the situation. Crew members were able to rig a line to send a satellite phone over to the crippled ship. The Clelia II was heading for home on reduced engine power.  mirror
  6. ^ a b "Ontario Marine Transportation Study – Phase I Final Report: Industry Profile and Economic Impact" (PDF). Ontario Ministry of Transport. April 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-23.  mirror
  7. ^ Danial Choy (2010-12-12). "Around the World 12/13 - Day Ed". Arirang. Retrieved 2012-04-23. The forces of nature battered the ship's bridge, broke a window and even soaked the communications equipment. 
  8. ^ Chip Martin (2011-05-12). "Port Stanley a port of call?". London Free Press. Retrieved 2012-04-23. Thirteen visits from the Clelia II, a ship with 100 passengers and crew of 60, boosted the local economy by nearly $600,000 last year, Luoma said.  mirror
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  10. ^ a b "Corinthian | Grand Circle Travel". Retrieved 2016-11-17. 


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