Henna (ship)

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Henna as the Pacific Sun in Darling Harbour on 19 December 2010.
  • Hen (2017)
  • Henna (2012–2017)
  • Pacific Sun (2004–2012)
  • Jubilee (1986–2004)
Port of registry:
Builder: Kockums Varv, Malmö, Sweden
Cost: US$134 million
Yard number: 596
Launched: 26 October 1985
Acquired: June 1986
Maiden voyage:
  • 6 July 1986 (as Jubilee)
  • 9 November 2004 (as Pacific Sun)
  • 26 January 2013 (as Henna)
In service: 6 July 1986
Out of service: 6 June 2016
Status: Sold for scrap, May 2017[2]
Notes: [3][4][5]
General characteristics
Class and type: Holiday-class cruise ship
Length: 223.4 m (733 ft)
Beam: 28.2 m (92 ft 6 in)
Draft: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
Decks: 9 passenger decks[6]
Installed power:
Propulsion: Two propellers
Speed: 21.7 knots (40.2 km/h; 25.0 mph)
Capacity: 1,486 passengers
Crew: 670

MS Henna (formerly Jubilee and Pacific Sun) was a Holiday-class cruise ship that was owned by the Chinese company HNA Cruise Company, Limited around the West Pacific region. At 47,000 tons, Henna was a medium-sized ship, and was the first and largest luxury cruise liner in mainland China, with 739 passenger cabins and a maximum passenger capacity of 1,965, including nine suites with balconies, 432 ocean-view staterooms and 298 interior staterooms.[7]


The vessel as Jubilee in 2000.

Henna was built in 1986 by Kockums Varv, Malmö, Sweden, for Carnival Cruise Line as Jubilee, along with near-sister ship Celebration. The other near-sister ship of the class, Holiday, was built earlier by Aalborg Værft in Aalborg, Denmark.

The vessel as Pacific Sun in 2007.

In 2004, the vessel was transferred to P&O Cruises Australia and renamed Pacific Sun. Pacific Sun arrived in Australia in 9 November 2004, and began year-round cruises from Sydney to the South Pacific and Tropical North Queensland. From late 2007, she was based at Brisbane, and was then the largest year-round liner to be based in Queensland. After receiving a multimillion-dollar makeover, she sailed in all white colours, like P&O's other ships, along with new amenities.[8] Pacific Sun was the only ship of three sisters (with Grand Celebration and Grand Holiday) whose funnel was changed upon leaving the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet; her sister's funnels were simply painted over and not changed, while Sun had both Carnival's iconic wings and a part of shielding removed. Carnival's first new build ship, the slightly older Tropicale (Now MS Ocean Dream), also had her Carnival funnel removed, and replaced with Costa Cruises's round stove-pipe funnel which she still has today.

Pacific Sun in Lifou, New Caledonia on 15 September 2009.

In late July 2008, 42 passengers were injured in a storm.[9] The event became widely known when video footage was reposted on the internet two years later.[10]

On 18 December 2011, P&O announced that Pacific Sun would leave its fleet in July 2012.[11] Her farewell cruise was an 8-day roundtrip from Portside Wharf in Brisbane, Australia, and stopping at Nouméa, Lifou in New Caledonia, and Port Vila in Vanuatu with three days at sea. Pacific Sun had completed between 314 and 332 cruises, with 2,707 nights at sea and an estimated 586,000 passengers carried.[6]

On 13 September 2012, new owner HNA Cruises renamed the ship Henna; she made her maiden voyage under Chinese ownership on 26 January 2013 from Sanya to Vietnam. From January to April, the ship will run between Sanya and Ha Long Bay and Da Nang in Vietnam. From May to September, her home port will be shifted to Tianjin, with a new route launching between Tianjin and the South Korean ports of Incheon and Jeju Island.[7][12]

In September 2013 the ship was detained at a port on the South Korean island of Jeju after Chinese shipping service company Jiangsu Shagang International applied for a seizure. After several days stuck on board, the 1,659 passengers were flown home via HNA Group's China Hainan Airlines, leaving their cruise uncompleted but safe.[13]

In November 2015, HNA shut down its cruise ship operation after three years of losing money due to newer vessels being deployed to the region. Since the Henna's last cruise with HNA, she was laid up and was placed for sale for $35 million USD.[14][15] With there being no interested buyers, the HNA Henna was sold for scrapping in Alang, India, it was photographed at the ship breaking yard in Alang as the Hen, ready to be scrapped on 1 May 2017.[16][17] By late June, scrapping of the Hen began.[18] By late August, half of the vessel has been scrapped.[19] Scrapping of the vessel was finished by late 2017.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Henna (8314122)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Old Carnival Cruise Ship Waiting to be Scrapped". Cruise Hive. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. ^ Ward, Douglas (2008). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. London: Berlitz. pp. 515–516. ISBN 978-981-268-564-3.
  4. ^ Micke Asklander. "M/S Jubilee (1986)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Pacific Sun – Vessel's Details and Current Position". MarineTraffic. 2011. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Pacific Sun". P&O Cruises. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b Covey, Claudette (28 January 2013). "China's First Luxury Cruise Ship Henna Makes Maiden Voyage". TravelPulse.
  8. ^ "Pacific Sun". P&O Cruises. 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  9. ^ Paul Chapman (1 August 2008). "Passengers hurt as storm rocks New Zealand cruise ship". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  10. ^ Laura Trowbridge (9 September 2010). "Shocking footage of havoc onboard cruise ship caught in big storm". Digital Journal. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  11. ^ "P&O Australia sells Pacific Sun". Seatrade Insider. 19 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "China's largest cruise ship Henna takes maiden voyage, from Sanya to Vietnam". 29 January 2013. Archived from the original on 28 February 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Henna dispute: Chinese cruise ship passengers evacuated". BBC News. 15 September 2013.
  14. ^ "HNA Shuts Down Cruise Operation in China". Cruise Industry News. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Henna - 1960pax Luxury Cruise Ship". NautiSNP. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  16. ^ https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18119575_1690321357651481_7567142604754458319_n.jpg?oh=bf82a6e2f97644985a64b070c863deb8&oe=5986C1FB[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Old Carnival Cruise Ship Waiting to be Scrapped". 1 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Pictures of the Ex Pacific Sun at Alang". Cruising Forums.
  19. ^ Staff, C. I. N. (26 August 2017). "Henna Scrapped in India". www.cruiseindustrynews.com.

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