Royal Star arrives in South African waters
Jan 22, 2007
An unexpected visitor spent about 8 hours in the port of Durban yesterday (Sunday). She was the 51 year old mini cruise liner ROYAL STAR, operated by Starline Cruises of Mombasa, Kenya.
The ship was built in Italy in 1956 as SAN GIORGIO for Adriatica Line services from Italian ports to Greece and Turkey. After 20 years service she was sold to Greek owners and converted into the cruise ship CITY OF ANDROS, operating 3 or 4 day cruises out of Piraeus.
In 1984 she was purchased by a new cruise venture, Ocean Cruise Lines, and converted into a luxury cruise liner named OCEAN ISLANDER. As such, she sailed along the Dalmatian coast from Venice in summer, while in winter she was based at Barbados and cruised the Caribbean Islands.
In 1990 she was acquired by Starline Cruises of Kenya and is now used on cruises out of Mombasa to the Indian Ocean islands with occasional calls at Durban.
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