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NAME

SS. EMPRESS OF BRITAIN III (QUEEN ANNA MARIA) (CARNIVALE) (FIESTA MARINA)  (OLYMPIC)  (TOPAZ)

CLASS

LINER

LAUNCHED

JUNE 22nd 1955

BUILT

FAIRFEILD SHIPBUILDING / GOVAN / GLASGOW / SCOTLAND

WEIGHT

25,500 TONS

LENGTH

640 FEET

WIDTH

85 FEET

SPEED

20 KNOTS - TURBINE ENGINES - TWO PROPELLERS


Empress of Britain was the first liner built for the Canadian Pacific Line after World War Two. The launch of her near identical sister ship Empress of England followed at Vickers-Armstong/Newcastle May 9th 1956. Empress of Britain set new standards on the Canadian run, as she was the first liner to be operated on that route with full air-conditioning. Along with her sister ship Empress of England, they provided a service from Liverpool or Greenock - Quebec and Montreal. Empress of Britain set out on her first winter cruise from New York - Caribbean in January 1963. She was used more as a cruise ship from that time as jet aircraft were beginning to attract more of the Trans Atlantic trade.

Empress of Britain

Empress of Britain had only been in service for seven years when the Canadian Pacific Line sold her to the Greek Line in 1963. She underwent an extensive refit at that time before entering service for the Greek Line in 1965. Under the name Queen Anna Maria, the Greek Line operated her between Naples, Lisbon and New York. The collapse of the Greek Line in 1975 led to her being sold to the newly formed Carnival Cruise Line to be operated under the name Carnivale, this giving Carnival two ships at that time. After Carnival’s new purpose built cruise ships began entering service, she was transferred to their subsidiary Fiesta Marine Cruises and renamed Fiesta Marina. The Greek ‘Epirotiki’ line acquired Fiesta Marina in 1994 to be operated under the name Olympic. They then chartered her to the British tourist firm Thomson Cruises to be operated on Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises under the name Topaz. The Japanese Peace Boat organisation has since chartered Topaz from 2003 untill 2006. Empress of England was sold to the Shaw Savill & Albion Line in 1970 to be operated under the name Ocean Monarch. She was taken out of service after only five years with that company and scrapped at Kaohsiung/Malasia in 1975.

Carnivale

Olympic

Topaz

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