Commodore Holdings Limited will be purchasing, subject to final documentation, the 820-passenger cruise vessel Crown Dynasty, which it presently charters. The ship will be bought from Helsinki-based Neptun Maritime for $86.2 million and the transfer is expected to take place in January, 2000.
The Crown Dynasty has undergone a $5 million upgrading program and has started its sailings under the Crown Cruise Line brand, a newly formed upscale brand of Commodore Holding Limited. CCLN will market the 4 1/2 star elegant cruise ship to those seeking a somewhat more sophisticated and higher quality cruise experience at a moderate price.
The Crown Dynasty entered service in 1993 and is known in the industry as an elegant vessel with a full array of passenger amenities. According to the Guide to Cruises, "It is one of the prettiest of the 1990's with a sleek contemporary profile. Its warm interiors and quality furnishings convey a deluxe small ship feeling with modern cruise ship facilities.''
As of December 18, 1999, the Crown Dynasty will sail every Saturday on 7-night cruises from Aruba
to five "hidden harbor'' ports of call visiting at Barbados
, St. Lucia, Grenada
, Bonaire, and Curacao, before returning to Aruba the following Saturday.
Marketing and sales activities will be a joint activity between Crown Cruise Line and Apple Vacations. Non-stop air service is being offered by Crown from Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa. Apple Vacations will provide direct service from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York
, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago.
On May 10, 2000, the Crown Dynasty will start its exclusive operations from Philadelphia and Baltimore to Bermuda
for twenty-two 7-night cruises.