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Maru
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posted 06-02-2011 08:36 AM      Profile for Maru     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oriental Dragon (ex:Sun Viking,SuperStar Sagittarius,Hyundai Pongnae,OmarⅢ, Long Jie) enter servive between Shanghai,China and Jeju,Korea).

One cruise a week, a total of 24 cruises are operated by the end of year.

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seacruiser12
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posted 06-03-2011 10:52 PM      Profile for seacruiser12     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Any larger photos? Interesting to see an all-white hull. Wonder if she's well received in that market?
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Maru
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posted 03-17-2012 10:09 PM      Profile for Maru     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Official site

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Maru
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posted 04-25-2012 10:19 PM      Profile for Maru     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
ORIENTAL DRAGON is from April 21, is scheduled to enter the cruise between Taiwan(Keelun) and Okinawa(Naha or Ishigaki).

Plans to continue cruise untill October 27, if can ensure a stable passenger.
This cruise is not for sale in Japan, because targeted to people in Taiwan .

Taiwanese travel agent

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Maru
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posted 08-16-2012 08:26 AM      Profile for Maru     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Maybe,Taiwanese official website.
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Only in Chinese.


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PamM
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posted 08-16-2012 11:07 AM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thank you. An incredible amount of work was done, basically everything ripped out it seems. The video on the website of all the work for some reason is unlisted on youtube, you can't find it unless you go through the website. Well worth watching here.

Pam


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posted 08-16-2012 12:07 PM      Profile for dmwnc1   Email dmwnc1   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
THANKS Pam for that video link. Incredibly fascinating.
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posted 08-17-2012 01:27 AM      Profile for Grant   Email Grant   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just wondering!! We have seen a sister ship undergo a similar transformation, making her ready to sail the Mexican market off the Pacific coast. Many millions were spent, but all of it on the cosmetics. Little, if any, money was spent on the machinery; both propulsion and hotel services. The outcome was not a surprise; a very short lived operation plagued by mechanical breakdowns and show stopping issues.
Has this operator spent the dollars below decks necessary to make an old cruiser ready for the harships of daily operation? I hope so!
grant

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PamM
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posted 08-18-2012 07:03 AM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Unfortunately it appears the good looks did not last very long. There is a whole series of photos of her being used as a gambling ship in Hong Kong at the beginning of April this year on Flickr.
Although Marine Traffic shows she is now in Keelung, [there are more photos from earlier this year there], and she has been sailing, one cannot tell how much she actually does. Can't see quickly any more recent photos.

Pam


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posted 08-18-2012 07:55 AM      Profile for DAMBROSI2   Email DAMBROSI2   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Seeing the former RADISSON DIAMOND there was a bit of a shock, makes me feel glad the SS NORWAY didn't end up there. One major concern seeing them there, being in the 'ring of fire' area, bottled up in the harbor, makes me think of the 2004 tsunami further south in the Pacific, this would not be where I'd want to be.
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jetwet1
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posted 08-19-2012 05:49 AM      Profile for jetwet1   Author's Homepage   Email jetwet1   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for linking the video, what a great transformation, having spent a lot of time on her when she was the Sun Viking it was interesting to see the rehab and what a great job they did of it....

And then the post further down the page

Such a shame, though honestly, while I was watching the video I couldn't help but notice the number of Baccarat tables and it had me wondering if the owners planned on trying to make a go of it using gaming revenue to subsidize the day to day operations.


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SSTRAVELER
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posted 09-15-2012 10:41 AM      Profile for SSTRAVELER     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Any more updates on her operations?

I tried emailing her operators but did not get a reply.


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PamM
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posted 07-19-2014 11:07 AM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
.. and this is what she looks like now. I suppose it's better than the previous white rust.

Pam


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Patrick
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posted 07-20-2014 09:35 AM      Profile for Patrick     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
She looks very similar in color-sheme to the STARRY METROPOLIS and METROPOLIS.

Any news on her sisters FORMOSA QUEEN and OCEAN STAR PACIFIC?
There were rumors around not so long ago that a chinese company was looking in buying both ships and bring them back to service. From what I know, the FORMOSA QUEEN is still stitting at the Gouangzhou shipyard and has not yet been scrapped as previously announced.

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