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MV Regal Princess (1991) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8521232

MV Ambience

ex Ex Satoshi, Pacific Dawn, Regal Princess

© John Wilson

Pacific Dawn –  © John Wilson (Brisbane, 29/04/2017)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1991 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5840) as a Passenger (Cruise) Vessel for Sitmar Cruises

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $276.8 million
  • Length: 244.96 m (overall) 204.0 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.25 m
  • Depth: 11.40 m
  • Draught: 8.100 m
  • Tonnage: 69845 gross/34907 net/6896t deadweight
  • Engines: Four MAN-B&W 8L58/64 diesels
  • Power: 12000 kW/16314 bHP
  • Speed: 19.5 knots (22.5 knots max)
  • Capacity: 1900 passengers
  • Crew: 621/710
  • Passenger Decks: 11
  • Call Sign: ICGP, 2AGH7, 3ZGF5
  • MMSI Number: 355852000
  • IMO Number: 8521232
  • Official Number: 1166
  • Port of Registry: Palermo/Italy, Monrovia/Liberia, Hamilton/Bermuda, London/UK, Panama
  • Sister Ships: Crown Princess

Location Data

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1988: Ordered by Sitmar Cruises.

March 29th 1990: Launched.

June 5th 1991: Trials.

July 20th 1991: Delivered to Astramar, Palermo, Italy. (P&O Cruises).

August 8th 1991: Christened in New York by Margaret Thatcher (the then Prime Minister of the UK).

© Wolfgang Kramer

Regal Princess – © Wolfgang Kramer (27/06/2003)

© Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton  

Regal Princess © Nigel Thornton (Dover) (Both)

© John Mavin © John Mavin  

Regal Princess © John Mavin (Dover) (Both)

1992: Transferred to Princess Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia.

October 2007: Transferred to P&O Australia, London, U.K. and renamed PACIFIC DAWN

January 1st 2008: Registered owner: Carnival PLC

© John Wilson

Pacific Dawn – © John Wilson (Brisbane, 03/08/2013)

© John Wilson © John Wilson  

Pacific Dawn © John Wilson (Brisbane, 20/12/2014)

© John Wilson © John Wilson  

Pacific Dawn © John Wilson (Brisbane, 16/03/2017)

April 2020: Arrived in Brisbane and laid up owing to the Coronavirus Pandemic

October 30th 2020: Arrived Piraeus.

© Dennis Mortimer

PacificDawn © Dennis Mortimer (Piraeus, 30/10/2020)

November 1st 2020: Sold to Ocean Builders Central Inc, Panama and renamed SATOSHI. The intention was to operate her as a “Crypto-Cruise ship” (being used for tourism, home residence, research and office space).

November 4th 2020: Transferred to her new owners.

December 3rd 2020: Arrived Gibraltar Anchorage.

December 4th 2020: Left Gibraltar showing destination as Panama.

December 19th 2020: Announcement made:

“After buying the ship, hiring a vessel management company and even completing a class drydocking, the company said they had hit an insurance roadblock. The ship has since quickly been sold to scrap and will sail to India.”

“”After an exhaustive search for an International Group P&I Club insurance group to insure the Satoshi we have hit the roadblock of having no insurance company willing to insure the MS Satoshi upon dropping anchor in the Gulf of Panama”

Cruise Industry News

November 23rd 2020: Arrived Gibraltar.

December 2nd 2020: Left Gibraltar,

December 22nd 2020: Arrived Balboa (Panama) and arrested.

© Bengt-Rune Inberg

Satoshi – © Bengt-Rune Inberg (Cristobal Outer Anchorage, Panama, 26/12/2020)

December 28th 2020: Anchored off Port Colon (Panama).

February 23rd 2020: Left Panama.

March 27th 2021: Arrived Bar (Montenegro).


March 28, 2021

“Former Bitcoin Cruise Ship Sold to New Startup”

“The ship was sold to Ocean Builders, which planned to turn it into a cryptocurrency tech hub off the coast of Panama with apartments aboard up for auction.

Ocean Builders took delivery of the ship in November, hired a vessel management firm, paid for a drydocking and even sailed the ship to Panama, but abandoned the project citing insurance issues.

At that point, the vessel was arrested in Panama.

Now, legal issues aside, the cruise ship may have a new life with a new cruise line, yet to be revealed, starting service later this year.”

Cruise Industry News

May 21st 2021:

“Currently laid up it is set to start a new life with Ambassador Cruise Line, a new British cruise line. Beginning in spring 2022, the 1991-built ship will sail from London Tilbury as the AMBIENCE, offering no-fly cruises to the UK market.”

Cruise Industry News

Ambience – Artist Impressions

October 11th 2021: Sailed from Bar.

© Ambassador Cruise Line © Ambassador Cruise Line © Ambassador Cruise Line

Satoshi – 🆕 © Ambassador Cruise Line (Bar, 11/10/2021)

October 13th 2021: Arrived Rijeka Anchorage (Croatia) before going to “Viktor Lenac” repair shipyard for an extensive overhaul.

© Lappino

Satoshi – © Lappino (Rijeka Anchorage, 13/10/2021)


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: Ambassador Cruise Line,  Bengt-Rune Inberg, Wolfgang Kramer, Lappino, John Mavin, Dennis Mortimer and John Wilson for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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