MS Southward

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MS Southward
"Southward" - Miami, 1986.JPG
MS Southward leaving the port of Miami, 1981
  • MS Southward (1971–1995)
  • Seawing (1995–2005)
  • Perla (2005–2008)
  • The Aegean Pearl (2008–2010)
  • Rio (2010–2012)
  • Venus (2012–2013)
  • Norwegian Cruise Line (1971–1994)
  • Airtours (1994–2004)
  • Louis Cruise Lines (2004–2005)
  • Pearl Navigation, Ltd. (2008–2009)
  • Eagles Shipholding SA (2010–2011)
  • Mediterranean Cruises, Ltd.
Port of registry:
Ordered: 1971
Builder: Cantiere navale di Riva Trigoso
Yard number: 288
Launched: June 5, 1971
Christened: November 30, 1971
Completed: 1971
Maiden voyage: November 30, 1971
In service: 1971
Out of service: 2013
Identification:IMO number7111078
Fate: Sold for scrap in 2013
General characteristics
Tonnage: 16,710 GRT
Length: 536 ft (163 m)
Beam: 75 ft (23 m)
Decks: 8
Installed power: Fyra Fiat SGM10 Diesel
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 802
Crew: 302

MS Southward was a cruise ship owned by Norwegian Cruise Line, operated between 1971 and 1994, and later on to other cruise liners until she ended operation in 2013.


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.[2]

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.[3] 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.


  1. ^ Southward - Oslo
  2. ^ MS Southward appeared in the TV series Baywatch Season 3 episodes 15 & 16 in 1993.What Happened To MS Southward?
  3. ^ NCL Southward