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Renaissance Cruises

Renaissance Cruises was formed in 1989 by the Norwegian Fearnley & Eger-group and started sailing with a small luxury cruiseyaught from december 1989. In rapid succession eight of these ships entered service for them and they sailed mostly to remote ports that could not be entered by the bigger cruiseships. In 1991, Fearnley & Eger was declared bancrupt and Renaissance Cruises was sold to the Italian Cameli Group. At the end of the nineties, the line had become a well-known name in the modern cruiseworld, and the company decided to built six new and bigger ships to replace the smaller yaughtlike vessels. The first of these ships entered service in august 1998 under the inventive name of R One. R Two followed in november, and R Three sailed in the beginning of 1999. Surprisingly, this naming was continued and two more ships were ordered. The last one that entered service was R Eight in february 2001. Renaissence Cruises announced that real names would be given to the ships in time. This never happened, as Renaissance Cruises itself was declared bankrupt at the 25th of september 2001. The finances of the company had been bad for some time, but the terrorist attacks in America and the global downturn in tourism were the final push. The ships were taken over by Cruise Invest and were chartered out to several companies since then. This big and rapid expansion could simply not be paid.

Below, R Seven is entering the large north lock at IJmuiden in the summer of 2001. She is pulled by a tug from Wijsmuller, the company that operated tug services on the Northsea Canal for a long time. In 2001, Wijsmuller was sold to the multinational Möller-Maersk and also in the same year, Renaissance Cruises was declared bankrupt.

For the moment, one of the former ships of Renaissance Cruises is feautured under this banner, the Hebridean Spirit.

Furthermore, also there are two another ships (outside the R-class) on the site that once sailed for Renaissance Cruises

Renaissance IV (1991-1997) is placed under Grand Circle as their Corinthian

Renaissance V (1992-1997) is placed under Quark Expeditions as Sea Spirit

Because it is very easy to loose track of all these R-class ships I will post an up-to-date history of these ships on this page also. Because they are all added to this site, I also added links to their pages at castlesoftheseas.

R One

1998-2001      R One                       Renaissance Cruises

2003-2012       Insignia (II)             Oceania Cruises

2012-2014       Columbus 2              HAPAG-Lloyd (charter)

2014-now        Insignia (II)              Oceania Cruises

R Two

1998-2001       R Two                       Renaissance Cruises

2003 (2-4)      Insignia (I)                 Oceania Cruises

2003 (4-6)      Insignia                      TMR (marketingname Vaissau Renaissance (charter))

2003-now       Regatta                      Oceania Cruises

R Three

1999-2001      R Three                       Renaissance Cruises

2002-now        Pacific Princess (II)    P&O Princess Cruises

R Four

1999-2001       R Four                        Renaissance Cruises

2002-2009       Tahitian Princess         P&O Princess Cruises

2009-2015       Ocean Princess (III)   Princess Cruises

2016-onwards  Sirena                         Oceania Cruises

R Five

2000-2001        R Five                        Renaissance Cruises

2003                 Blue Dream                 Pullmantur Cruises

2004                 Nautica                       TMR

2005 (3-11)      Blue Dream                  Pullmantur Cruises

2005-now         Nautica                        Oceania Cruises

R Six

2000-2001        R Six                            Renaissance Cruises

2003-2004        Blue Star/ Blue Dream  Pullmantur Cruises

2004-2007        Blue Dream                  Pullmantur Cruises

2007-now          Azamara Journey         Azamara Cruises

R Seven

2000-2001        R Seven                       Renaissance Cruises

2003-2006        Delphin Renaissance     Delphin Seereisen

2006-2007        Blue Moon                   Pullmantur Cruises

2007-now         Azamara Quest             Azamara Cruises

R Eight

2001                 R Eight                         Renaissance Cruises

2003-2006       Minerva II                    Swan Hellenic Cruises

2006-2011        Royal Princess (II)        P&O Princess Cruises

2011-2016         Adonia (II)                    P&O Cruises

2016-2017         Adonia                          Fathom Impact Travel

2017-now          Adonia (II)                    P&O Cruises

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