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10 Oldest Cruise Ships That Still Operate Cruises

6 minutes read • November 1st, 2019
We cannot stop talking about new cruise ships, waiting for their delivery, watching the process of their construction, tracking the news, searching for video reviews, etc. This is not surprising. After all, each modern newbuild is a true masterpiece and is absolutely worth attention. But! This story will be about experience. Are you intrigued?
Dear friends, today we are going to talk about 10

oldest cruise ships

that still operate cruises. Let’s go!
Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
MV Boudicca
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10th place
46 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
Photo by Lindemann97/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

Aegean Odyssey began operations in 1973 as the ro-ro ferry Narcis. 15 years later, she was converted into a cruise ship and named Aegean Dolphin. She was known under various names, including Alkyon and Dolphin. Currently, she operates cruises for Voyages to Antiquity.

9th place
46 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
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Boudicca started her career in 1973 as a member of the Royal Viking Line. For almost 20 years, the liner had sailed as Royal Viking Sky. She also bore the names of Sunward, Golden Princess, SuperStar Capricorn, and others. Now the liner offers sailings under the flag of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

8th place
48 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
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Black Watch joined Royal Viking Line in 1971. The liner had operated cruises as Royal Viking Star for almost two decades. Later, our heroine sailed as Westward and Star Odyssey. Today, she is part of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

7th place
49 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
Photo by alexleo/Wiki/CC BY 4.0

Knyaz Vladimir entered service as a cruise ferry in 1970. In 1981, she was converted into a cruise ship. The vessel’s well-known names include Eagle, The Azur, and Royal Iris. Now she offers cruises banned by sanctions to Crimea occupied by Russia.

6th place
49 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
Photo by Orlovic/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

The small cruise ship known as Monet was completed in 1970 as Yushar. In 1997, the ship was rebuilt into a cruise yacht and renamed Stella Dalmatiae. Currently, the vessel operates Adriatic cruises as part of Div Cruises.

5th place
54 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
Photo by Pjotr Mahhonin/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

Ocean Majesty began operations in 1965 as a ferry named Juan March. In the late 1980s, she was rebuilt into a cruise ship. During her career, she bore the names of Sol Christina, Kypros Star, Olympic, Homeric. She has been part of Majestic International Cruises for the last two decades.

4th place
55 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
Photo by Cavernia/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

Marco Polo was completed in 1964. Initially, she was an ocean liner. She had operated voyages as Aleksandr Pushkin for 35 years. Then our heroine was converted into a cruise ship. Today Marco Polo operates sailings for Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

3rd place
55 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
Photo by Ronnie Robertson/Wiki/CC BY-SA 2.0

Hebridean Princess was completed in 1964 as a small car ferry. The vessel was known as Columba. After 25 years, she was rebuilt into a small cruise ship. Now she offers the British Isles cruises.

2nd place
59 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
Photo by Pjotr Mahhonin/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

Serenissima was built in 1960 under the name Harald Jarl. After 43 years, she was renamed Andrea. Today a small cruise ship operates sailings in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

1st place
73 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
Photo by Cavernia/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

Astoria started her career in 1946 as an ocean liner. She was named Stockholm. Her collision with Andrea Doria led to the flooding of the latter. Throughout her long career, the liner bore various names, including Völkerfreundschaft, Fridtjof Nansen, Italia Prima, Caribe, Athena, and Azores. Currently, she is a member of Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet.

Bonus
88 years in service

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
Photo by Zinnmann/Wiki/CC BY-SA 3.0

Sea Cloud was built in 1931 as a private yacht with the name Hussar V. During the Second World War, she served as part of the US Navy under the name Sea Cloud. Further, the yacht was known as Angelita, Patria and served as a presidential yacht and a school ship. In 1978, the yacht was converted into a sailing cruise ship. Now she offers sailings in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

The oldest cruise ship in service!
96 years old!

Oldest Cruise Ships In Service
Photo by RAF-YYC/Wiki/CC BY-SA 2.0

Mandalay was built in 1923 as a luxury yacht named Hussar. During the Second World War, the yacht was a training patrol ship for the cadets known as Vema. Then she served as a research vessel. In 1982, she was converted into a cruise yacht. Currently, Mandalay operates cruises in the Caribbean.


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