MV Ola Esmeralda (1966)

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Black Prince in Nantes, April 2009
Name: 2009–: Ola Esmeralda[1]
2009: Prince
1966–2009: Black Prince
1970–1985 (summers): Venus
Owner: Fred. Olsen & Co.[2]
Operator: 1966–1986: Fred. Olsen Lines/Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
1970–1983 (summers): BDS
1983–1985 (summers): DFDS
1985 (summer): Norway Line
1987 onwards: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines[2]
Port of registry: 1966–1986: Kristiansand,  Norway
1986–1990: Manila,  Philippines
1990–2001: Hvitsten,  Norway
2001–2009: Nassau,  Bahamas[2]
2009–:  Venezuela[1]
Builder: Lübecker Flender-Werke, Lübeck, West Germany[2]
Cost: $20 million[3]
Yard number: 561[2]
Launched: 14 May 1966[2]
Acquired: October 1966[2]
In service: October 1966[2]
Identification: Callsign YYLS
IMO number: 6613328
MMSI number: 775509000
Status: sold for scrapping in November 2012
General characteristics (as built)[2]
Class and type: Black Watch-class ferry
Tonnage: 9,499 GRT
3,440 DWT
Length: 141.64 m (464 ft 8 in)
Beam: 20.02 m (65 ft 8 in)
Draught: 6.10 m (20 ft 0 in)
Installed power: 2 × Crossley-Pielstick 18PC2V
12,310 kW (combined)
Propulsion: 2 propellers[3]
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph)
Capacity: 693 passengers
350 berths
200 cars
General characteristics (as rebuilt, 1987)[4]
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 11,209 GT
3,043 t DWT
Length: 141.62 m (464.6 ft)
Draught: 6.42 m (21 ft 1 in)
Depth: 8.8 m (28 ft 10 in)
Decks: 7 (passenger accessible)[3]
Speed: 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph)[5]
Capacity: 472 passengers[3]
Crew: 200[3]
Notes: Otherwise the same as built

Ola Esmeralda was a cruise ship, owned and operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. She was built in 1966 by the Lübecker Flender-Werke in Lübeck, West Germany for Fred. Olsen Lines for combined ferry/cruise ship operations. From 1970 until 1983 she sailed the northern hemisphere summer seasons on ferry service for Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab as Venus, while returning to cruise service with Fred. Olsen for the winter seasons. In 1983 the summer ferry service was taken over by DFDS, and in 1985 it passed to Norway Line. In 1986 Fred. Olsen bought the ship outright and she was converted to a full-time cruise ship, retaining the name Black Prince.[2]

The Black Prince has been retired from the Fred. Olsen fleet on 16 October 2009.[6] Although her withdrawal is reportedly due to the new SOLAS 2010 regulations,[7] she has been sold to SAVECA for further cruise service in Venezuelan waters.[6] SAVECA plans to use the ship for cruises between islands within Venezuelan waters then as a floating hotel there. Its last stop was in port of Santo Domingo. There was a rumor that a company was going to restore it so it could come back to service; nevertheless, it was scrapped.


The cruise ship Black Prince has on board: A show lounge (towards the stern) which is spread over two decks, with a bar on each level - the majority of the seating is on the lower level. The bar on the upper level also opens to the outside but this is more for waiter service on the open decks than as a traditional bar, and a piano lounge & bar (towards the bow which also contains a small Casino; three Restaurants - a buffet-style restaurant on the upper deck and two traditional restaurants (both serve the same menu); an Outdoor Pool with two Whirlpool spas.


  1. ^ a b "Ola Esmeralda (6613328)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2012-09-28. (registration required (help)). 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Asklander, Micke. "M/S Black Prince (1966)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Ward, Douglas (2008). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 218–219. ISBN 978-981-268-240-6. 
  4. ^ "Black Prince - Dimensions". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Black Prince brochure" (PDF). Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Reinikainen, Kari (2009-05-06). "Fred. Olsen sells Black Prince for further trading". Cruise Business Online. Cruise Media Oy Ltd. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  7. ^ Reinikainen, Kari (2009-02-28). "At least 7 old cruise ships face uncertain future due to SOLAS 2010". Cruise Business Online. Cruise Media Oy Ltd. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 

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