MS Southward leaving the port of Miami, 1981
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|Builder:||Cantiere navale di Riva Trigoso|
|Launched:||June 5, 1971|
|Christened:||November 30, 1971|
|Maiden voyage:||November 30, 1971|
|Out of service:||2013|
|Identification:||IMO number: 7111078|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap in 2013|
|Length:||536 ft (163 m)|
|Beam:||75 ft (23 m)|
|Installed power:||Fyra Fiat SGM10 Diesel|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
Southward was NCL's fourth cruise ship, the others being Sunward (1966), Starward (1968), and Skyward (1969). Initially, she was operated on Caribbean cruises out of Miami. In 1987 however, she was dispatched to the west coast of the United States to begin operating out of Los Angeles (San Pedro) on three and four-night cruises to Catalina Island, San Diego and Ensenada, BC, Mexico. As a result of this move Norwegian Caribbean Line changed its name to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) in late 1987.
By 1994, she was sold off to Sun Cruises, a cruise division of the UK-based travel company Airtours, and renamed Seawing. She cruised seven-nights through the Mediterranean during the spring/summer season and the Far East in the winter season. Seawing later on ran fourteen, sixteen, and thirty-night cruises from 2002 and 2003.
From 2004 she joined the Louis Cruise Lines fleet, under the name of Perla. In 2005 she operated cruises out of Piraeus to the Greek Islands and Turkey, after a winter in the Far East. In May 2008, she was chartered to Golden Sun Cruises (a Greece-based company) and renamed The Aegean Pearl, operating between three and four nights cruises from Piraeus. After the chartered ended with Golden Sun Cruises in 2009, she returned to Louis Cruises with her name remaining unchanged.
In 2010, she was transferred to Rio Cruises and renamed Rio and again in 2012 sold off to Venus Cruise Lines and renamed Venus. She was scrapped in 2013.
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