Category Archives: shipbio

Royal Viking Sun. A personal glimpse

Royal Viking Sun was scheduled to call on 22 November 1996, and we headed down to Durban to see her.  Originally built in 1988 for Royal Viking Line, she was currently carrying the same name, but with Cunard branding. It … Continue reading

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Sagafjord, a personal glimpse

Having seen Vistafjord before, I was not all that keen to see Sagafjord,  I found Vistafjord very disappointing, and didn’t really expect too much from Sagafjord,  Her arrival in Durban was slated for 14 February 1994 and a ship visit … Continue reading

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Rotterdam, a personal glimpse

The week of 26-29 March 1996 was a busy one for our group of ship watchers. We had three ships lined up for that week, starting with Island Princess and ending with Holland America’s Rotterdam. In between these 2 visit … Continue reading

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MV Doulos. A personal view

I was fortunate that when I returned from my first cruise on the Achille Lauro in January 1987, there was another ship in the harbour to visit before I headed off back to Johannesburg.   While the Achille Lauro is … Continue reading

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Royal Viking Queen. A personal view

The Royal Viking Line is no more, but the legacy of their ships does live on. They were an upmarket cruise line and had very modern and pricey vessels. They also called in South Africa, usually on round Africa voyages. … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan II, a personal view

I have 14 February 1994 down as being a good day for shipwatching in Durban because there were two interesting callers in the port. The first being Sagafjord, and the second: Kazakhstan II Originally one of five sisters of the … Continue reading

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Estrella Do Mar

Another interesting vessel that came to Durban was the small passenger ship/ferry Estrella Do Mar. She was usually up in Mozambique and Mombasa as far as I recall, and only headed South for repairs or dry docking. We managed a … Continue reading

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MV Royal Zulu

The long laid up Royal Zulu was resident in Durban harbour for many years. Originally brought across to Durban she was destined to become THE party ship, operating short cruises and with a disco, gambling, partying and all manner of … Continue reading

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MV Infanta

It was very rare that we got a visit to a Safmarine vessel, and when the invitation came to visit the Infanta in Durban we jumped at the chance. Unfortunately I do not have a date for the visit, but … Continue reading

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Thor 1

One of the regular callers in our waters was the Thor 1, operated by Canadian Christensen Canadian African Lines (CCAL), they traded between South Africa between 1948 and 2000. We had a visit organised to Thor 1 on 01 May … Continue reading

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