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Louis And Thomson Swap MAJESTY For DESTINY –Updated

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by

LOUIS MAJESTY at Genoa, photo © Peter Knego, February 2010

Louis Cruise Lines which charters or sub-charters several ships to Thomson Cruises has agreed to swap their recently acquired LOUIS MAJESTY (ex ROYAL MAJESTY, NORWEGIAN MAJESTY) for the older THOMSON DESTINY (ex SONG OF AMERICA, SUNBIRD).  The two ships carry almost exactly the same number of passengers, approximately 1,460, but were built 10 years apart in 1992 and 1982 respectively.  Thomson has been hoping to update and modernize their existing fleet of five ships, all built in the 1980’s, including one operating under their Island Cruises brand.  The 40,876 gross ton, 680 foot long LOUIS MAJESTY will be renamed THOMSON MAJESTY.*

THOMSON DESTINY (ex SONG OF AMERICA, SUNBIRD) at Gran Canaria, January 12 2007. Photo by Kalle Id, published under Creative Commons license.

When the former THOMSON DESTINY, which measures 37,584 gross tons with dimensions of 705 feet long and 93 feet wide, begins operating three and four day Greek Islands and Turkey cruises for Louis in May, the ship will be renamed LOUIS OLYMPIA.   Thomson stated their new acquisition will be more suitable for longer voyages.  Ironically, both ships were built for the shorter 7-day cruise market out of North American ports, the SONG OF AMERICA for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and the ROYAL MAJESTY for the now defunct Majesty Cruise Line.


*in the first version of this article this line read: LOUIS MAJESTY will most likely be renamed THOMSON MAJESTY.

Thanks to Kalle Id, Peter Knego and Martin Cox


9 Responses to Louis And Thomson Swap MAJESTY For DESTINY –Updated

  1. Kalle Id

    March 7, 2012 at 1:34 am

    THOMSON MAJESTY already appears on the Thomson Cruises website (http://www.thomson.co.uk/cruise/ships/thomson-majesty-ship-details.html), so we can probably drop the “most likely” from the ship being renamed. I’m a bit surprised the THOMSON DESTINY did not become the LOUIS DESTINY, though LOUIS OLYMPIA is certainly a better name. I did my very first “proper” cruise on the THOMSON DESTINY back in the day (if you don’t count Baltic Sea tripping on the SILJA OPERA, present-day LOUIS CRISTAL), maybe now would be a good time to visit the ship again…

  2. Glenn L.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Never had the honor of sailing Majesty but she certainly had a loyal following on the Boston/St. George Bermuda run, I wonder why NCL quit this still untapped run. She was always solidly booked.

    Song of America was/still is such a disjointed ship, a common response to directions onboard was: “You can’t get there from here”.
    Her cabins were/are unusually small and reminded me of sleeper cars on a cross country rail car. Dined in the M.Butterfly dining room onboard, waitstaff would cook up crepes tableside and cut your lettuce with white gloves-that was 1994 NCL, my have times changed.

    No doubt Solas had a hand in their departures from the North American market but I think balcony fever played a bigger role.

  3. Kalle Id

    March 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

    @Glenn L.: Do bear in mind that SOLAS is the same in all countries. If these ships would have been non-SOLAS compliant in North America, they would be the exact same in Europe.

  4. Kenneth Eden

    March 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

    The “older” RCCL and RCI cabins are notoriously t-i-n-y so they live on for a few more years. Still, all told, glad to see another one not going to the scappers. China is now geting the old bags, who might be next?

    For me the WORST part of any cruise was confinement in the cabin when I wanted to read or just relax. Hated not having a balcony. Loved the ship(s) and cruises, not the cabin without a balcony. Now, the balcony is as common as a/c and private baths, which were once rare (loooong ago rare).

    Best part about the balcony – the cost has become affordable to a wide range of people, regardless of ship.

  5. Glenn L.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Meanwhile NCL Dream remains laid up. Hard to believe it will be four years since she’s carried a passenger.

  6. Julian Fletcher

    December 2, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Does anyone know what is happening to LOUIS OLYMPIA (ex THOMSON DESTINY, SUNBIRD, SONG OF AMERICA)????
    Its currently laid up in Athens – like a few other Louis vessels. I have searched hard on a global basis to try and unearth what is happening, but have not been able to find any confirmed cruises for 2013 as Louis Olympia or under any other brand. Its for sale for 45m Euros online, but so are other Louis ships – a case of refinancing the debt I imagine.
    Does anyone have any ideas? Would hate to see this get sent to alang too early……

  7. Grez

    January 2, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Dear Julian,
    Just to respond to your comment regarding Louis Olympia. Louis have now changed their plans for the coming summer, and the Olympia has taken over from Cristal. The cruises are now showing up on the Louis website’s calander.
    Warm regards,

  8. Shawn Dake

    January 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Thank you Grez for the update. And just an update for Glenn L., the NORWEGIAN DREAM has finally been refurbished and left on its inaugural trip as SUPERSTAR GEMINI on December 28, 2012 for Star Cruises.

  9. Lee

    February 13, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I was saddened to read of the deaths of 5 crew members on the above ship.
    For the record as an ex Chief Engineer in merchant navy, wire hawsers (cables) used on lifeboat davits are designed to take 2.5 times the working load. The lifeboat should have still be held on one wire albeit vertical, the crew members may have fallen out but they would have had life jackets on and may well have survived the fall into the water, albeit from quite a height.
    Having two wire hawsers fail one after the other, I would postulate that if the wires are the same age as the ship i.e. 20 years, then corrosion could have played an significant part in their failure.
    I suggest that tests are carried out on the remaining lifeboats before the ship sails again and in the extreme case the cables should be changed forthwith and the ship stopped from sailing until this is done regardless of time scale.

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