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MS Renaissance (1992)

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Renaissance in the Grand port maritime Of Marseille, Marseille, 2024 January
  • Maasdam (1992–2020)
  • Aegean Myth (2020–2022)
  • Renaissance (2022–present)
Port of registry
Ordered29 November 1989
BuilderFincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy
CostUS$180 million
Yard number5882
Launched12 January 1992
Completed26 October 1993
Maiden voyage3 December 1993
In service1993
StatusIn service
General characteristics
Class and typeS-class cruise ship
Length220 m (721 ft 9 in)
Beam30.937 m (101 ft 6.0 in)
Height40 m (131 ft 3 in)
Draught7.6 m (24 ft 11 in)
Ice class1D
Installed power(All engines built under license by Fincantieri/Grandi Motori Trieste) 2 × Sulzer 12ZAV40S, 3 × Sulzer 8ZAL40 diesels
PropulsionElectric shaftline
Speed22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity1,258 passengers

The MS Renaissance is a cruise ship that re-entered service in June 2023.[5] The ship was built in Italy in 1992 as Maasdam for Holland America Line. While sailing for Holland America, the vessel operated primarily in North American waters. In 2020 she was bought by Seajets and renamed Aegean Myth, but did not trade. The ship was bought in 2022 by a new French operator, Compagnie Française de Croisières.

Design and description


As Maasdam, the ship featured a teak promenade deck and her interior motifs paid homage to the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company. The centerpiece of the ship's atrium was a sculpture crafted by Luciano Vistosi and featured over 2,000 pieces of glass. Other pieces of ancient artifacts and art pieces were also spread throughout the ship.[6]


Maasdam and Westerdam at Half Moon Cay

Maasdam was a member of Holland America's Statendam class, otherwise known as S class. She was ordered in November 1989 alongside two sister ships of her class, and was designated hull number 5882.[1] Her keel was laid by Fincantieri in early 1992.[7] Throughout 1992 and 1993, the ship was completed and underwent sea trials, and on 3 December 1993, Maasdam was christened by actress June Allyson at Port Everglades, Florida. Upon her maiden voyage into the Caribbean Sea, she became the fifth Holland America Line ship to bear the name Maasdam.[6]

During her early planning and architectural design phases, there were concerns that Maasdam and the S class would not be in compliance with specific vessel stability requirements mandated by SOLAS 90. The hull design of Maasdam and her sister ships are largely based on Costa Classica, a ship operated by sister brand Costa Cruises. These fears were alleviated, however, following the successful sea trials of the class's lead ship, MS Statendam.[1]

Holland America Line


Maasdam served different regions of the world based on the seasons during her tenure at Holland America. During winter months, she cruised to the Caribbean from Port Everglades. During the summer season, she sailed from Boston, Massachusetts to Europe, Atlantic Canada and New England.

In 2006, Maasdam underwent dry dock renovations at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama. In 2011, Maasdam underwent dry dock renovations at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama which increased her passenger capacity.[8]

In December 2016, she visited Oceania, where she undertook voyages from New Zealand.[9]

On 7 November 2018, during a 'Polynesian & South Seas Sampler' cruise, a 70-year-old female American passenger fell between the ship's Deck 3 tender platform and one of the ship's tenders. She was crushed, and she fell into the waters off of Rarotonga, Cook Islands and was later pronounced dead on board the same day. Maasdam returned to Rarotonga a few days later, but despite much calmer seas, Captain Ryan Whitaker canceled all tender operations.[10][11][12][13][14]

In December 2019, the New Zealand Youth Choir used the Maasdam as a way to complete a planned South Pacific tour. The choir boarded Maasdam in Auckland, and gave several concerts aboard the ship, as well as at ports of call including Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia and Sydney.

On 19 March 2020, 842 guests and 542 crew members on board Maasdam were barred from disembarkation in Honolulu, Hawaii due to fears surrounding COVID-19.[15] The ship was allowed to take on appropriate provisions and supplies, however, and began a return journey to the Port of San Diego for debarkation.[16]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holland America suspended its cruise operations through 30 June 2020, and sailings aboard Maasdam were cancelled.[17] The following month it was announced that the ship was sold to Piraeus-based ferry operator Seajets, and she was laid up in Greece.[18][19]

Compagnie Française de Croisières


In September 2022, after 2 years laid up, the ship was purchased by the newly-formed cruise line Compagnie Française de Croisières (CFC) and renamed Renaissance. CFC intended to reduce her capacity from 1,258 passengers to 1,100 passengers, served by 560 crew, with a launch date in February 2023 from Le Havre, France.[20] In October 2022 the ship was sent to Damen Shipyards Brest for refit.[21] Technical problems during the refit twice delayed re-entry into service[22] and she began cruising from Le Havre in June 2023.[23]


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  17. ^ Norton, Theresa (15 April 2020). "Cruise lines Holland America, Princess Cruises and Seabourn suspend sailings through June 30". Fox News. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
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  20. ^ "New French cruise line CFC to revive long sea voyages". seatrade-cruise.com. 6 September 2022. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  21. ^ "Tomas Tillberg Design tapped to oversee CFC's Renaissance makeover". Cruise News. Seatrade. 7 December 2022. Archived from the original on 8 December 2022. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  22. ^ Valandina, Michèle (1 May 2023). "Compagnie Française de Croisières' Renaissance delayed to late June Article-Compagnie Française de Croisières' Renaissance delayed to late June". Seatrade Cruise News. Colchester. Archived from the original on 4 July 2023. Retrieved 21 October 2023.
  23. ^ "CFC's Renaissance Arrives in Le Havre". Cruise Industry News. New York. 23 June 2023. Archived from the original on 5 July 2023. Retrieved 21 October 2023.