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What happened to the R Ships?
Between 1998 and 2001, French shipbuilder Chantiers de l'Atlantique delivered no less than eight identical 30,277 ton ships to Renaissance Cruises. Unimaginatively named R One to R Eight, the ships were designed by acclaimed British designer John McNeece. They sported a classic "Titanic Moderne meets Ritz Carlton" style, including a grand staircase that made you wonder whenever Leo and Kate would appear. The happiness of the unprecedented newbuilding order was very short lived as Renaissane filed for bankruptcy on September 25, 2001. The eight sisters were laid up, offered for sale and ultimately all received new identities. So, where are they now? ShipParade is counting down from R One to R Eight.
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R One
The very first ship in the series of eight, R One turned eyes wherever she went. Her eclectic yet very warm interiors were hot news and passengers raved about service, food, the choice of restaurants and the smart casual dress code. She remained in layup until 2003, when she became Oceania Cruises' second ship Insignia. She was briefly chartered to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, but returned to the Oceania fleet in 2014.
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R Two
Oceania Cruises saw light after the demise of Renaissance Cruises and has many similarities with the Renaissance product. R Two was the first ship to join Oceania Cruises as Regatta in 2002. She has remained loyal to Oceania Cruises every since.
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R Three
1999-built R Three was picked up by Princess Cruises in 2002 and became their Pacific Princess
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R Four
Just like R Three, R Four was purchased by Princess Cruises. Renamed Tahitian Princess, she sailed Tahiti year-round before being deployed on more varied itineraries as Ocean Princess. As I write this in March, 2016, Ocean Princess is in drydock for her transformation into Oceania Cruises' Sirena. She enter service at the end of April after a major refurbishment.
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R Five
Chartered to Pullmantur in 2002, Blue Dream sailed the Mediterranean and South America waters before being snatched up by Oceania Cruises as their Nautica
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R Six
In 2003, R Six was put into service in the Pullmantur fleet as R Six Blue Star and later Blue Dream before being sold to Azamara Cruises in 2007. She is now the popular Azamara Journey.
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R Seven
R Seven entered service for Renaissance Cruises in 2000. After the bankrupcty, she was Delphin Seereisen's Delphin Renaissance, Pullmantur's Blue Moon and ultimately Azamara's Azamara Quest
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R Eight
2001-Built R Eight only sailed for Renaissance Cruises for a very short time. She was renamed Minerva II by Swan Hellic Cruises and later became Princess Cruises' Royal Princess. In 2011, she was transferred to the P&O fleet and was renamed Adonia. Later in 2016, she will start service for Fathom Impact Travel on "travel with a purpose" cruises to the Dominican Republic and later Cuba.
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