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MV Renaissance (ex Maasdam) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8919257

MV Renaissance

Ex Aegean Myth, Maasdam

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (River Schelde, 01/06/2000)

Steel twin screw (Statendam Class or ‘S’ Class) motor vessel built in 1993 by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5882) as a Passenger ship.

  • Original Cost: $215 million
  • Length: 218 m (overall( 185m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 24.0 m
  • Depth: 19.20 m
  • Draught: 7.7 m
  • Tonnage: 55451 gross/ net/ 7406t deadweight
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder 12ZAV40S and two 8-cylinder 8ZAL40 Sulzer-Grandi diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 34560 kW
  • Speed: 20 knots
  • Capacity: 1629/1258/1100 passengers
  • Crew: 557/560
  • Navigation Officers: Dutch
  • Passenger Decks: 10
  • Call Sign: C6VF, PFRO, ZCEZ8
  • MMSI Number: 310805000
  • IMO Number: 8919257
  • Registry: Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Rotterdam/The Netherlands 🇳🇱, Curacao 🇨🇼, Hamilton/Bermuda 🇧🇲, 
  • Sister Ships: Ryndam (5883), Statendam (5881), Veendam (5954)


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November 1989: Ordered as one of four “S” Class .

December 12th 1992: Launched.

October 3rd 1993: Delivered to Holland America Line Westours, Nassau, Bahamas.

December 17th 1993: Maiden cruise from Port Everglades to St Thomas.

1996: Registered in the Dutch ships register with home port as Rotterdam.

© Ken Larwood © Mike Jackson

© Ken Larwood (Dover, July 1996)(Left) © Mike Jackson (Right)

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Rotterdam, 02/08/2005)

2006: Refit at Grand Bahama Shipyard, Freeport, Bahamas.

2011: Refit at Grand Bahama Shipyard, Freeport, Bahamas.

© John Mavin © John Mavin

© John Mavin (Dover 11/08/2011)

© Cees Bustraan © Cees Bustraan © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 18/01/2016)

March 9th 2020: With 842 guests and 542 crew members on board, the ship was barred from disembarkation in Honolulu, Hawaii due to fears surrounding COVID -19. The ship was allowed to take on appropriate provisions and supplies, however, and began a return journey to the Port of San Diego for debarkation.

June 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holland America suspended its cruise operations through and sailings aboard the vessel were cancelled

July 2020: Sold en-bloc with the  RYNDAM to Seajets Catanaran JV, Piraeus for transfer in August 2020.

July 7th 2020: Arrived at Limassol anchorage

August 22nd 2020: Arrived at Piraeus and handed over to Mediteranean Majesty Inc.

© Dennis Mortimer

© Dennis Mortimer (Piraeus, 24/08/2020)

August 27th 2020: Renamed AEGEAN MYTH.

© Dennis Mortimer

© Dennis Mortimer (Piraeus, 30/08/2020)

August 2020: Laid up in Agio

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Agio, 08/08/2021)
August 23rd 2022: Sold to CFC (Compagnie Francaise De Croisieres) 30 million US dollar and  has now been renamed RENAISSANCE

October  7th 2022: Arrived in Brest for remodelling for her new owners.

June 28th 2023: Christened by French actress Anne Parillaud in Le Havre.

© Pascal Bredel © Pascal Bredel

© Pascal Bredel (Le Havre, 23/06/2023)

June 29th 2023: Maiden cruise from Le Havre.

May 7th 2024: Called at Dover.

© Port of Dover © Port of Dover

🆕 © Port of Dover

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: Pascal Bredel, Cees Bustraan, Carsten Dettmer, Mike Jackson, Ken Larwood, John Mavin, Dennis Mortimer, Port of Dover, Derek Sands and  Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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