MV Oriental Dragon

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Oriental Dragon Kowloon Bay (cropped).jpg
Oriental Dragon at night
History
Name:
  • 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:
Builder: Oy Wärtsilä Ab Helsinki Shipyard, Finland
Yard number: 394
Completed: 1972
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage:
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]
Oriental Dragon as MS Sun Viking

MV 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.

Oriental Dragon as MS Sun Viking

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. The Sun Viking was retired in the late 1990s by Royal Caribbean, but remains in service with other cruise lines.[5]

Oriental Dragon as Omar III

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]

Oriental Dragon as Long Jie

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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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Oriental Dragon (7125861)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2013-Apr-06. (Registration required (help)).  Check date values in: |access-date= (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". Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. 
  5. ^ Beneath Crown and Anchor, a History of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines First 25 Years. [Maxtone Ghram]