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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Song of Norway, Swan Song.

Sad news came last month when it was announced that the Formosa Queen was sold to Chinese Scrappers. The Formosa Queen started her life as Royal Caribbean's Song of Norway.









Royal Caribbean's Song of Norway as Originally Constructed.


Over a long career spanning 43 years, she sailed under quite a few other names including SUNDREAM, DREAM PRINCESS, DREAM, CLIPPER PEARL, CLIPPER PACIFIC, FESTIVAL and OCEAN PEARL. Under the name FORMOSA QUEEN for Asia Star Cruises she spent her final active days as a gambling ship, until recently sold for scrap in China. 

The ship has been plagued with mechanical difficulties for years probably getting the most attention during her stint with the Peaceboat and an Israeli operatior, who reportedly intentionally tried to sink her. 
Song of Norway After Lengthening For Royal Caribbean.
Song of Norway After Lengthening For Royal Caribbean.

Th ship's most successful span of its life was as the Song of Norway for Royal Caribbean - establishing the cruise line as a major player in the Caribbean and leading the way into new markets. She was so popular that the ship was lengthened in order to increase her passenger capacity. After her career with Royal Caribbean she successfully sailed with the UK's Airtours operating out of the UK and the Mediterranean. Royal Caribbean demanded as part of the Terms of Sale that the Royal Caribbean signature Viking Crown Lounge be removed from the ship.
Shown as the Carousel for Airtours. Note the Viking Crown Lounge is Removed
Shown as the Carousel for Airtours. Note the Viking Crown Lounge is Removed
Proposed Artist Rendition of Formosa Queen - floating Casino Asia Star Cruises


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