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NAMES

OCEAN DIAMOND (LE DIAMANT) (SONG OF FLOWER) (EXPLORER STARSHIP) (BEGONIA)

CLASS

SMALL CRUISE SHIP

ENT/SERVICE

1986

BUILT

LLOYD WERFT / BREMERHAVEN / GERMANY

WEIGHT

8,282 TONS

LENGTH

407 FEET

WIDTH

52 FEET

SPEED

16 KNOTS - DIESEL ENGINES

This ship was originally built in 1973 as the Ro Ro ship Begonia for the Norwegian shipping company Fearly and Eger. Begonia’s superstructure was dismantled in 1986 so her hull could be used to build a small cruise ship for the Exploration Cruise Line named Explorer Starship. This line had acquired a fleet of eight small cruise ships to be operated throughout Alaska and the Caribbean. After the Exploration Cruise Line was declared bankrupt in 1988, the Japanese Meiyo Corporation bought, and extensively redesigned Explorer Starship. This company then founded a new cruise line named Seven Seas Cruises and began operating their ship on cruises from Canada - Alaska under the name Song of Flower.

By 1993, Seven Seas Cruises had merged with Diamond Cruises. This was another one ship company operating the 20,295-ton twin hulled cruise ship Radisson Diamond. These two companies, now based at Fort Lauderdale, operated under the name Radisson Seven Seas Cruises untill changing their name to Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2006.

This ship has 6 decks, 1 pool, 3 bars, casino, fitness center, showroom, 99 cabins that are all situated on the outside with 10 having balconies, can carry 198 passengers and a crew of 144.

As Song of Flower, she was mainly operated by RSSC on cruises throughout the Baltic Sea, Norwegian Fjords, Mediterranean, Holy Lands & Middle East.

From 2004, this five star ship was operated by the french company Compagnie Des Iles Du Ponant as their luxury M.S. Le Diamant in Asia / Middle East / Europe / India & Baltic Sea.

In late 2011, Compagnie du Ponant sold the ship to Quark Expeditions to be operated as their Ocean Diamond.

Websites: www.rssc.com & www.quarkexpeditions.com.

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