ex Empress of the Seas, Nordic Empress
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Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France (Yard No G29) for Admiral Cruises.
- Original Cost: $170 million
- Length: 210.81 m (692.2 ft)(overall) 177.21m (581.43 ft)(registered)
- Breadth of hull: 30.70m (100.7 ft)
- Depth: 9.40m (30.84 ft)
- Draught: 7.30m (24.8 ft)
- Tonnage: 48,563 gross/26,281 net/5,344 deadweight
- Engines: Two 8-cylinder Atlas Copco Crepelle 8 R 32 diesels
- Propulsion/Propellers: 16,200 kW/2
- Speed: 19.5 knots
- Capacity: 805 passengers
- Crew: 686
- Navigation Officers: Scandinavian (2003), European
- Passenger Decks: 9
- Call Sign: ELJV7 (Nordic Empress), 9HJE9 (Empress)
- IMO Number: 8716899
- MMSI Number: 249056000
- Registry: Monrovia/Liberia, Bahamas, Valletta/Malta
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November 30th 1988: Keel laid.
August 25th 1989: Launched as NORDIC EMPRESS.
May 1st 1990: Completed.
May 31st 1990: Delivered to Royal Caribbean Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia.
June 25th 1990: Began cruising from Miami to the Caribbean.
2002: Registry transferred to Bahamas, home port Nassau.
May 15th 2004: Renamed EMPRESS OF THE SEAS.
March 2008: Taken over by Pullmantur, Valletta, Malta and renamed EMPRESS.
© Aleksi Lindström
November 2012: Was the first of the fleet to receive a brand new logo as well as new hull colour scheme, it is not known at the moment when the rest of the fleet will receive the new re-branding.
Arriving at Dover on the 19/05/15 © Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina)
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