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NAMES

BLACK PRINCE (VENUS)

CLASS

SMALL CRUISE SHIP

ENT/SERVICE

1966

BUILT

FLENDER WERFT / GERMANY

WEIGHT

11,209 TONS

LENGTH

470 FEET

WIDTH

66 FEET

SPEED

18 KNOTS - DIESEL ENGINES

The Fred Olsen cruise line is a Norwegian owned company based at Ipswich/England. Black Prince was one of two car ferries built for the Fred Olsen and Bergen Lines. The Bergen line used this ship in summer as a passenger/car ferry between Newcastle/England and Bergen/Norway under the name Venus. The Fred Olsen Line operated her in winter as a cargo/cruise ship between the UK and Canary Islands under the name Black Prince. The ending of the partnership of these two companies in 1986 saw Fred Olsen taking control of Black Prince. This ship was then converted to only carry passengers before being operated as a full time cruise ship.

Black Prince has 7 decks, 2 pools, 3 bars, casino, fitness center, show lounge, 168 outside cabins, 70 inside cabins, can carry 446 passengers and a crew of 200.

Black Prince was operated on cruises out of Liverpool - Iberia, Europe & Canary Islands. Other cruises from Liverpool took in the Mediterranean. Her cruises throughout Northern Europe from the Scottish ports of Greenock & Leith took in Scandinavia & the Baltic Sea.

Black Prince was retired from the Fred Olsen fleet 16th October 2009. She has been sold to SAVECA for cruises in Venezuelan waters.

Website: www.fredolsencruises.com.

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