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MV Crown Princess (1990) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8521220

MV Karnika

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

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Dover, May 2000)

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 (5840)


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.

© Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

© Fotoflite, Ref 247536

🆕 © Fotoflite (Dover, 23/08/2000)

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

June 15th 2002: Maiden cruise from Hamburg.

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström  

© Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, August 2002)

Internet Source © Benoit Donne  

Internet Source (Dover, 2003)(Left) and © Benoit Donne (Right)

2004: Refitted and renamed AIDABLU.

2004: Commenced service for Seetours.

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström  

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

© Simonwp

© 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

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

© Wil Weijsters © Wil Weijsters  

© 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  

© John Wilson (Brisbane, 13/07/2014)

February 2010: Management Carnival Australia.

© Walter Pless © Glen 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.

Internet Source

Internet Source

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

October 12th 2020: Jalesh Cruises ceased trading, blaming coronavirus and mounting debts. The ship, currently anchored off Mubai, will be sold for scrap.

November 28th 2020: Arrived at Alang for breaking.

December 4th 2020: Beached and scrapping commenced.


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, Fotoflite, 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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