© Ray GoodfellowMv Albatros – Past and Present

Mv Albatros

ex Crown, Norwegian Star I, Royal Odyssey, Royal Viking Sea

© Marc Piché

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Oy Wartsila Ab, Helsingfors, Finland (Yard No 397) for Royal Viking Line, Oslo, Norway

Technical Data

  • Length: 177.70m (overall) (1971), 205.46m (1981)
  • Breadth of hull: 25.20m (extreme) (1971), 27.00m (1981)
  • Draught: 7.30m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 20,018 gross (1971), 21,848 (1981), 28,018 (1983), 5,660 deadweight (1971), 3,594 (1981), 5,660 (1983)
  • Engines: Four 9-cylinder Sulzer-Wartsila diesels
  • Power: 13,240kW
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Capacity: 536 (1971), 812 (1981)
  • Call sign: LECH, C6CN4
  • MMSI Number: 308784000
  • IMO Number: 7304314
  • Registry: Oslo, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister Ships: Royal Viking Sky (1973) , Royal Viking Star (1972)


Current Location

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History

January 19th 1973: Launched.

November 16th 1973: Delivered to Viking Line, Oslo, Norway.

November 25th 1973: Maiden voyage Bergen – Newcastle.

December 11th 1979: World cruising.

 © Simonwp

 © Simonwp

March 11th 1983: Arrived at Bremerhaven for lengthening, by insertion of 27.7m prefabricated section, at AG “Weser” Seebeckwerft.

June 5th 1983: Delivered back to owners

© Brian Fisher

 © Brian Fisher

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

 Courtesy of Chris Howell

November 29th 1983: Rescued 151 survivors from Indian ferry DOFO adrift 11 days off Celebes.

May 1984: Agreement in principle for sale to US investor group did not proceed.

August 1984: To Norwegian Caribbean Line A/S, Oslo, but continued under Royal Caribbean Viking Line management.

1987: Registered under ownership of Nassau, Bahamas.

1991: Renamed ROYAL ODYSSEY. Owned by Royal Cruise Line.

May 2nd 1996: Suffered engine problems and was repaired in San Francisco.

May 27th 1996: Returned to service.

July 17th 1996: Suffered engine problems and as results a 2 week cruise was cancelled. Repaired in Vancouver.

August 1996: Returned to service. .

April 1997: 350 suffered from food poisoning. All her cruises were suspended.

November 1997: Sold to Actinor Cruise, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed NORWEGIAN STAR

© Glenn Towler

© Glenn Towler

November 1997 – December 1998: Chartered to Norwegian Cruise Lines, cruising from Houston, Texas.

January 1999 – June 2001: Cruising for Norwegian Capricorn Line.

October 2001: Returned to Actinor Cruise and all connections with Capricorn Holidays terminated.

November 2001: Renamed NORWEGIAN STAR I.

May 24th 2002: Charter completed.

June 2002: Chartered to Crown Investments and renamed CROWN. Commenced casino cruising from Shanghai to Cheju Island.

Crown - © Carlos Poveda (Visual Ships)

© Carlos Poveda (Visual Ships)

November 2002: Arrested in Shanghai, China owing to unpaid bills by Crown Investments.

February 2003: Guarantee from owners wiped out debts.

June 2003: Cruising in the Mediterranean.

January 2004: Chartered to Phoenix Reisen, Germany and renamed ALBATROS.

Albatross - © Carlos Poveda (Visual Ships)

© Carlos Poveda (Visual Ships)

2007: Remains on charter to Phoenix Reisen, Germany.

© Aleksi Lindstrom  © Aleksi Lindstrom

© Aleksi Lindstrom

Registered Owner Albatros Shipping Limited, Nassau, Bahamas.

© Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

© Ken Lubi  © Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi

© Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Brian Fisher, Chris Howell, Aleksi Lindstrom, Ken Lubi, Marc Piché, Carlos Poveda (Visual Ships), Nigel Scutt, Simonwp and Glen Towler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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