Oriental Dragon

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This article is about the ship ordered by the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. For other uses, see Oriental Dragon (disambiguation).
Name: SS Oriental Dragon (2011–2013)
Long Jie (2007–2011)
Omar III (2003–2007)
Pongnae (2001–2003)
Hyundai Pongnae (1998-2001)
Superstar Sagittarius (1998)
Sun Viking (1972–1998)
Owner: Capital Dragon Global Holding[1]
Operator: Island Ship Management, Ltd.[1]
Port of registry: 1972–1998: Oslo,  Norway
1998–2013: Panama City,  Panama
Builder: Oy Wärtsilä Ab Helsinki Finland
Yard number: 394
Completed: 1972
Identification: Call sign: 3FDZ8
IMO number: 7125861
MMSI number: 353669000
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 18,455 GRT
3,202 DWT[1]
Length: 171.69 m (563.29 ft)[2]
Beam: 24 m (78.74 ft)[2]
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)[2]
Capacity: 882 (lower berths)[3]
Crew: 350[4]

SS Oriental Dragon, originally named Sun Viking, was one of the three original cruise ships ordered by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as part of their early fleet. The ship was first put into service in the year 1972. Along with her sister ships, the Song of Norway and Nordic Prince, the class comprised the first purpose built ships intended for Caribbean based cruise travel. Sun Viking cruised the Mexican Riviera on a 7 day itinerary out of L.A. in the early 1990s. Along with her sister ships, the Sun Viking was retired in the late 1990s by Royal Caribbean, but remains in service with other cruise lines.[5]

In 1998 the Sun Viking was sold to Star Cruises and renamed SuperStar Sagittarius. She was later renamed Hyundai Pongnae in 2003, sailing for the Hyundai Merchant Marine Company, before being renamed Omar III for Asia Cruises.[2]

The ship was renamed Long Jie in 2007.[4] The Long Jie was put up for sale on June 10, 2010.[citation needed] After being dry docked in Singapore, the Long Jie was transformed into the Oriental Dragon, leaving Singapore on 24 March 2011 bound for Guangzhou, China.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c "Oriental Dragon (7125861)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2013-Apr-06. (registration required (help)).  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d "LONG JIE". Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  3. ^ Asklander, Micke. "M/V VIKING SUN.". Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Long Jie". 
  5. ^ Beneath Crown and Anchor, a History of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines First 25 Years. [Maxtone Ghram]