MS Sirena

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For the former Princess Cruise Lines ship named Ocean Princess operated from 2000 to 2002 now owned by P&O Cruise Lines, see MV Oceana.
Croisiére SIRENA en maneuvre au port de Casablanca.jpg
Sirena in the port of Casablanca, Morocco, in 2016
History
Name:
  • 1999–2002: R Four
  • 2002–2009: Tahitian Princess
  • 2009-2016: cean Princess
  • 2016-present: Sirena
Owner:
Operator:
  • 1999–2001: Renaissance Cruises
  • 2001–2002: laid up
  • 2002–2016: Princess Cruises
  • 2016-present: Oceania Cruises
Port of registry:
Builder:
Cost: GB£150 million
Yard number: O31
Christened: December 1999
Acquired: 1999
Identification:
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics (as Ocean Princess)
Class and type:
Tonnage:
Length: 181.00 m (593 ft 10 in)
Beam: 25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)
Draught: 5.80 m (19 ft 0 in)
Decks: 11 (9 passenger accessible)[3]
Installed power:
Propulsion: Twin propellers
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Capacity:
  • 688 (lower berths)
  • 826 (all berths)
Crew: 373
Notes: [1][2]

Sirena, formerly R Four, Tahitian Princess, and Ocean Princess is an R-class cruise ship formerly owned by Princess Cruises. Along with the Pacific Princess, the smallest in the Princess fleet, she mostly sails in Europe and to exotic destinations such as Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific. In March 2016, she was sold to Oceania Cruises and renamed Sirena.

History[edit]

Sirena As Tahitian Princess, while anchored in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, 17 August 2009.

The vessel entered operation in 1999 under the flag of Renaissance Cruises. The ship was not owned by the company; instead she was owned by a group of French investors. When Renaissance declared bankruptcy in 2001, the ship was seized by creditors, along with the other seven vessels in the fleet.

In 2002, Princess Cruises secured a two-year lease for R Four and her sister ship R Three (now Pacific Princess). The vessel entered operation at the end of 2002, and was renamed Tahitian Princess. At the end of the lease, Princess Cruises purchased both vessels.

In November 2009 the Tahitian Princess was renamed Ocean Princess to "reflect a more global theme."[4]

It was announced on November 25, 2014, that the ship is to be sold to Oceania Cruises under a definitive agreement. The ship was sold for 82.000.000 $.[5] She is expected to depart the Princess fleet in March 2016 when she will undergo a 35-day, $40 million refurbishment in Marseille, France to become Sirena.[6] [7] On April 27, 2016, The Sirena was christened and entered service for Oceana Cruises.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Asklander, Micke. "M/S R Four (1999)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Ward, Douglas (2006). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 609–610. ISBN 981-246-739-4. 
  3. ^ "Tahitian Princess Deck Plans". Princess Cruises. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tahitian Princess to be renamed Ocean Princess to reflect better new deployments". Cruise Business Review. Cruise Media Oy Ltd. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Carnival Corp. Provided Financing on Sirena Ship Transfer to NCLH". 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  6. ^ http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/11912-ocean-princess-sold-to-oceania.html
  7. ^ http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/14076-photos-oceania-sirena-technical-call.html
  8. ^ http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=6985

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