MV Crown Princess (1990) – Past and Present

MV Karnika

ex Pacific Jewel, Ocean Village Two, Aidablu, A’Rosa Blu, Crown Princess

© Benoit Donne

Crown Princess – © Benoit Donne

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5839) as a Passenger (Cruise) Vessel for Sitmar Cruises

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $276.8 million
  • Length: 245.08 m (overall) 204.40 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.25 m
  • Depth: 20.03 m
  • Draught: 8.20 m
  • Tonnage: 69845 – 70285 gross/34907 net/6995 – 5758t deadweight
  • Engines: Four MAN-B&W 8L58/64 diesels
  • Power: 38880 kW/52858 bHP
  • Speed: 19.5 knots (22.5 knots max)
  • Capacity: 1900 passengers (1748 after rebuild)
  • Crew: 621
  • Passenger Decks: 11
  • Call Sign: ICBB, MPRZ, C6GE9
  • IMO Number: 8521220
  • Port of Registry: Palermo/Italy, Monrovia/Liberia, Hamilton/Bermuda, United Kingdom, Hamilton/Bermuda
  • Sister Ships: Regal Princess


Current Location

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History

1988: Having previously been ordered by Sitmar Cruises she was sold to P&O whilst being built.

May 25th 1989: Launched.

June 29th 1990: Delivered to P&O Cruises, Palermo, Italy.

July 8th 1990: Maiden cruise from Piraeus – Mediterranean Sea.

September 13th 1990: Left Southampton for New York.

October 1990: Cruising around the Caribbean.

1992: Transferred to Princess Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia.

© Ken Larwood

Crown Princess © Ken Larwood (Dover, May 2000)

June 14th 2002: Transferred to Seetours, London and renamed A’ROSA BLU.

June 15th 2002: Maiden cruise from Hamburg.

 

A’Rosa Blu © Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, August 2002)

 © Benoit Donne

A’Rosa Blu (Dover, 2003) and © Benoit Donne (right)

2004: Refitted and renamed AIDABLU.

2004: Commenced service for Seetours.

 

AIDAblu © Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 02/06/2004)

© Simonwp

AIDAblu © Simonwp (Kiel, 01/07/2006)

March 28th 2007: Arrived at Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven for refit.

March 2007: Renamed OCEAN VILLAGE TWO.

April 2007: Registered owner; Carnival UK plc.

April 17th 2007: Left Bremerhaven.

April 25th 2007: Maiden cruise from Southampton.

© Wil Weijsters

Ocean Village Two © Wil Weijsters (Bridgetown Barbados, 23/01/2008)

© Wil Weijsters  © Wil Weijsters

Ocean Village Two © Wil Weijsters (St Lucia, 26/01/2009) (Left) and Entering the Bosphorus, 20/06/2009 (Right)

November 2009: Renamed PACIFIC JEWEL.

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

Pacific Jewel © John Wilson (Brisbane, 13/07/2014)

February 2010: Management Carnival Australia.

© Walter Pless  © Glenn Towler

© Walter Pless (left) and © Glenn Towler (right)

August 22nd 2018: Announced by P&O Cruises Australia that she would leave their fleet in March 2019.

© Tony Martin

© Tony Martin

February 19th 2019: Final voyage, for P&O Cruises Australia, departed Melbourne.

March 20th 2019: Transferred to the newly formed Jalesh Cruises Mauritius Ltd (Manager; Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services) and renamed KARNIKA, serving in the Indian market.

April 17th 2019: Made her maiden cruise from Mumbai to Goa.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Benoit Donne, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, John Wilson, Tony Martin, Walter Pless, Glenn Towler and Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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