MV Island Princess – Past and Present

MV Discovery

ex Platinum, Hyundai Pungak, Island Princess, Island Venture

Roy Thornton Collection

Island Princess – Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1972 by Rheinstahl Nordseewerke, Emden, Germany (Yard No 414) for Norwegian Cruise Ships, Oslo, Norway

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $25 million
  • Length on deck: 168.74m
  • Breadth of hull: 24.59m
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 7.40m
  • Tonnage: 19,907 gross/3,390 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 10-cylinder Fiat geared diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 13,240kW/2
  • Speed: 21.5 knots
  • Capacity: 767 passengers (1971), 600 (1974)710 (2009)
  • Crew: 317/350
  • Passenger Decks: 8
  • IMO Number: 7108514
  • Registry: London, Hamilton
  • Sister Ships: Sea Venture


March 6th 1971: Launched.

November 20th 1971: Trials.

December 14th 1971: Christened in Oslo.

January 4th 1972: Delivered. Cruising between New York and Hamilton under the management of Flagship Cruises.

September 1972: Taken over by Fearnley & Eger, Oslo having been previously under the joint ownership of Lorentzen and Fearnley & Eger. Renamed ISLAND PRINCESSCruising from US ports.

© Carsten Dettmer  © Raisuke Numata

Island Princess – © Carsten Dettmer (left) and © Raisuke Numata (right)

August 1974: Sold to P&O Line, London. Continued cruising from US ports.

1986: Transferred to Princess Cruises, London.

May 1999: Sold to Hyundai Merchant Marine Co, Panama and renamed HYUNDAI PUNGAK.

2001: Sold to Fiducia Shipping Co. S.A., Panama and renamed PLATINUM.

2002: Renamed DISCOVERY.


© Aleksi Lindström (both)

May 2003: Cruising for Voyages of Discovery.

© Ken Lubi  © Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi (both)

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: Carsten Dettmer, Aleksi Lindström, Ken Lubi and Raisuke Numata for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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