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NAME

FLAMENCO 1 (NEW FLAMENCO) (FLAMENCO) (SPIRIT OF LONDON) (SUN PRINCESS) (MAJESTIC)

CLASS

CRUISE SHIP

ENT/SERVICE

1972

BUILT

CANTIERI NAVALE DEL TIRRENO RIUNTI / ITALY

WEIGHT

17,042 TONS

LENGTH

536 FEET

WIDTH

81 FEET

SPEED

18 KNOTS - DIESEL ENGINES

The Greek owned Festival Cruise Line bought Flamenco in 1996. This cruise line was founded in 1993 when they began operating two-converted cruise ferry's, the Azure and Bolero. Festival Cruises headquarters were based at Piraeus/Greece. They established their North American sales marketing in 1997 under the name First European.

Flamenco was originally built for P&O in 1972 as their Spirit of London. Following P&Os takeover of Princess Cruises in 1974, Spirit of London joined the Princess Cruises fleet under the name Sun Princess. After 14 years cruising throughout the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera and Alaska, she was sold to the Premier Cruise Line to be operated under the name Majestic on cruises from Port Canaveral - Bahamas. Seven years later, Premier sold her to the British based cruise line CTC to be operated on cruises from ports in Britain. With this company soon hitting financial problems, Majestic became Festival Cruises Flamenco in 1996.

Flamenco has 7 passenger decks, 1 pool, 4 bars, casino, fitness center, theatre, 272 outside cabins, 129 inside cabins, can carry over 800 passengers and a crew of 350.

Flamenco was normally operated on cruises from Genoa - various ports throughout the Mediterranean & Canary Islands, and cruises from Kiel/Germany - Baltic Sea & Norwegian Fjords.

After Festival Cruises stopped operating in 2004, this ship was sold to Ravenscroft Shipping Florida and renamed New Flamenco then chartered to Globalia Tours from Spain.

In 2007, this ship was sold to Club Cruise for £26 million and renamed Flamenco I. In November 2008, after Club Cruise defaulted on their payments, she was sold at auction for just $3.4 million.

Then under the name Flamenco 1, she was deployed as a floating acommodation for miners in New Caledonia for about 1 year before being laid up at Singapore. This ship was scrapped at Alang, India in late 2010 early 2011.

Festival Cruise Line ships list and images: www.simplonpc.co.uk/FestvalPCs

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