Cruise ShipsPast and Present

MV Hebridean Sky – Past and Present

MV Hebridean Sky

Ex Sea Explorer I, Sea Explorer, Corinthian II, Island Sun, Sun, Ranai I, Renaissance Seven

© Dennis Mortimer

© Dennis Mortimer (Piraeus, 17/07/2011)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1991 by Nuovi Cantieri Apuania, Marina di Carrara, Italy (Yard no 1146) for Renaissance Cruises, Palermo, Italy.

Technical Data

  • Length: 90.60 m (overall)78.780 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 15.30 m
    Depth: 8.55 m
    Draught: 3.950 m
    Tonnage: 4280 gross/1284 net/450 – 550 deadweight
    Engines: 2 Oil SA 8-cylinder MAN – B & W 8L28/32A-FHO diesels
    Power: 3520 kW/4785 BHP
    Speed: 15.5 knots
    Passenger Decks: 5
    Capacity: 114 passengers
    Crew: 72
    Call Sign: ICPG, 9HCO8, V7WD8, C6BG2
    IMO Number: 8802882
    Official Number: 1174
    Port of Registry: Palermo/Italy, Monrovia/Liberia, Nassau/Bahamas, Valletta/Malta, Majuro/Marshall Islands, Nassau/Bahamas
    Sister-Ship: Renaissance Five, Renaissance Six, Renaissance Eight
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1991: Launched for Yachtship Italy, Italy.

December 2nd 1991: Delivered to Renaissance Cruises, Palermo, Italy and named REGINA RENAISSANCE.

© Carlo Martinelli

© Carlo Martinelli (Genoa, 13/05/1994)


© Carlo Martinelli

© Carlo Martinelli (Livorno, 04/10/1998)

© Aleksi Lindström (1999)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Amsterdam 01/07/2000)

October 2001: Arrested in Gibraltar.

December 2001: Laid up in Marseille.

December 2001: Sold to Grand Seaways, Palermo and renamed RENAI I.

November 2003: Arrived in Barcelona for refit.

November 2003: Sold to Sun Shipholding Ltd-Ber, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed SUN.

2004: Arrived in Drammen, Norway for conversion.

May 2004: Sold to Mauritius Island Cruises, Port Louis, Mauritius and renamed ISLAND SUN.

June 2004: Chartered to Noble Caledonian, London.

June 26th 2004: Maiden cruise from Dover to Travemünde.

June 2004: Baltic cruising from Travemünde.

© John Mavin  © John Mavin

© John Mavin  © John Mavin

© John Mavin (Dover, 18/08/2004)

September 2004: Cruising the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

November 2004: Cruising around Mauritius.

November 8th 2004: Maiden cruise from Port Louis to La Reunion and the Cargados Islands, but the Coastguard forbade passengers to land there so the remaining cruises were cancelled.

December 4th 2004: Arrived in Freemantle to do two and three day cruises, but only one was completed.

January 2005: Laid up in Singapore.

February 23rd 2005: Sold to Corinthian II Owner Ltd, Valletta, Malta and renamed CORINTHIAN II.

March 2005: Chartered to Travel Dynamics.

© Dennis Mortimer  © Dennis Mortimer

© Dennis Mortimer (Naplion, 17/11/2009) & (Piraeus, 28/06/2010)

March 2013: Renamed SEA EXPLORER.

© Robbie Cox

© Robbie Cox (Dublin, 15/05/2013)

October 2014: Renamed EXPLORER I.

October 2014: Sold to Hebridean Sky Shipping Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas. Management Salen Ship Management.

April 13th 2016: Arrived at Öresund Drydocks for refit.

April 2016: Renamed HEBRIDEAN SKY.

May 4th 2016: Trials in Öresund.

May 5th 2016: Left Landskrona for Kirkwall.

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 24/04/2017)

April 21st 2018: Ran aground in northern central Cuba waters off the Cayo Media Luna islet. The ship became stuck on sandy bottom and re-floated by her own means early the same evening. She reached safe waters and resumed sailing. The vessel was en route from Havana to Antilla.

October 1st 2019: Due at 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: Cees Bustraan, Robbie Cox, Aleksi Lindström, Carlo Martinelli, John Mavin, and Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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