MS Braemar

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BREAMAR (36487157951).jpg
Braemar in Nieuwe Waterweg
History
Bahamas
Name
  • 1993: Crown Dynasty
  • 1993–1997: Cunard Crown Dynasty
  • 1997–1997: Crown Majesty
  • 1997–1999: Norwegian Dynasty
  • 1999–2001: Crown Dynasty
  • 2001 onwards: Braemar
Operator
Port of registry
BuilderUnion Navale de Levante, Valencia
Yard number198
Laid down21 March 1991
Launched31 January 1992
Completed21 June 1993
In service1993–2020
Identification
StatusOut of Service, to be sold[1]
General characteristics [3]
TypeCruise ship
Tonnage24,344 GT[2]
Length195.82 m (642 ft 5 in)[2]
Beam22.52 m (73 ft 11 in)[2]
Draught5.41 m (17 ft 9 in)[2]
Installed power4 x Wärtsilä 8R32 Diesels
Propulsion
Speed17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Capacity929 passengers[4]
Crew371

MS Braemar (formerly Crown Dynasty, Cunard Crown Dynasty, Crown Majesty, and Norwegian Dynasty) is a cruise ship, most recently operating with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. During her Cunard ownership, she was marketed as Cunard Crown Dynasty, but her official name remained Crown Dynasty.[5]

History[edit]

Crown Dynasty in Cunard livery
Norwegian Dynasty

The vessel was constructed in 1993 for Crown Cruise Line, as Crown Dynasty, but she was marketed as the "Cunard Crown Dynasty" when Cunard Line signed an agreement to manage marketing, sales, and reservations for Crown Cruise Line.[6] The vessel sailed under this name until 1997, when she was transferred to Majesty Cruise Line, which renamed her Crown Majesty. This only lasted until the end of 1997, when the vessel was transferred again, this time to Norwegian Cruise Line, which renamed her Norwegian Dynasty.

The vessel returned to her original fleet and name in 1999, but was sold to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2001, where the vessel currently operates under the name Braemar. Her sister ship,[citation needed] originally named Crown Jewel and now known as Celestyal Nefeli, currently sails for Celestyal Cruises and operates cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean.

When built, the ship had a gross tonnage of 19,089, but she was stretched to her present size by Fred. Olsen Lines in 2009.

On 9 October 2019, while carrying her full capacity of 929 passengers, she became the longest ship ever to cruise through the Corinth Canal.[7]

Braemar with former sister ship Gemini in London

Coronavirus pandemic[edit]

Croisiére BRAEMAR en mer -.jpg

On 8 March 2020, government officials in Cartagena, Colombia, announced that a recently disembarked passenger had tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019, and was accepted by a private local clinic for care. On 9 March 2020, government officials in Alberta, Canada, announced that a recently disembarked passenger had tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019.[8] A day later, Alberta officials confirmed a second infection of a passenger returning from Braemar.[9] On 13 March, the ship was denied entry to the Bahamas as a result of five passengers testing positive for the virus. For the same reason.[10] Sint Maarten also denied a request from the cruise ship to allow passengers to fly out.[11] The infected passenger disembarked off the cruise in Kingston, Jamaica, but it was unknown where they contracted the disease.[10] On 16 March, it was announced that Cuba would accept the ship and evacuated all travelers to the United Kingdom.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fred. Olsen To Sell Braemar".
  2. ^ a b c d "Equasis". www.veristar.com.
  3. ^ Faktaomfartyg. "M/S Crown Dynasty (1993)". Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  4. ^ Fred Olsen Cruises. "Our Ships - Braemar". Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Braemar (9000699)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  6. ^ Co, Lakeside Publishing (11 November 1993). "Cruise Travel". Lakeside Publishing Co. – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Woodyatt, Amy (12 October 2019). "Huge cruise ship squeezes through Greek canal to claim record". CNN Travel. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  8. ^ Bennett, Dean. "Alberta announces seven new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 14". National Post. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Alberta's COVID -19 cases rise to 14". Lethbridge News Now. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Cruise Ship Carrying Persons With Coronavirus 'Will Not Be Permitted To Dock'". The Tribune. 13 March 2020. Archived from the original on 27 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  11. ^ "St. Maarten denies 'MS Braemar' request to allow passengers to fly out". The Daily Herald. 12 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Coronavirus-hit cruise ship in diplomatic scramble to find somewhere to dock". cnn.com. 16 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Coronavirus-infected cruise ship stranded at sea for weeks to dock in Cuba". ABC News. 17 March 2020.

External links[edit]

Media related to IMO 9000699 at Wikimedia Commons