THE EMERALD Mounting A New Career?

THE EMERALD at Eleusis. Photo by Mike Masino, copyright Peter Knego 2010.

In an extremely rare bit of good news on the classic steamship front, a report has surfaced that ALAS International Holdings, Inc./PV Enterprises (VDSC) has announced its purchase of the 1958-built SS THE EMERALD from Louis Cruise Lines. The ship will be chartered to Yeosu Expo Cruise Corporation of South Korea for use as a floating hotel between May 8 through August 12, 2012 and will then proceed to Colon, Panama and Cartagena, Colombia for three, four and seven night Caribbean cruise service.

The 1,000 capacity THE EMERALD was originally Grace Line’s SANTA ROSA and was later rebuilt for Regency Cruises as the REGENT RAINBOW. The ship last sailed for Louis Cruises of Cyprus and had spent several years under charter to British-based Thomson Holidays. Although THE EMERALD has been beautifully maintained, her steam turbine engines make her much more costly than most diesel powered cruise ships to operate.

For more information on THE EMERALD, please see Peter Knego’s “THE EMERALD Of Eleusis” Sea Trek.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
Peter Knego
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