© Nigel ScuttMv Empress – Past and Present

Mv Empress

ex Empress of the Seas, Nordic Empress

Chantry Classic Postcard

Chantry Classic Postcard

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France  (Yard No G29) for Admiral Cruises.

Technical Data

  • 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

Current Location

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November 30th 1988: Keel laid.

August 25th 1989: Launched as NORDIC EMPRESS.

© Robert J Smith  © Don Hazeldine

© Robert J Smith (left)   © Don Hazeldine (right)

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.

© Jens Boldt  © Jens Boldt

  © Jens Boldt

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

Arriving at Dover on the 19/05/15 © Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina)

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: Jens Boldt, Don Hazeldine, Aleksi Lindström, Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina) and Robert J Smith for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

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

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