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Old 07-04-2006, 03:02 AM
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Robyn,

the most famous "Big Red Boat" was the S/S "Oceanic", still sailing under that name today, but for Spanish operator Pullmantur Cruises:



Then there was the "Royale", which sank in December, 2000 off Cape Charles with no casualties:

http://www.faktaomfartyg.com/royale_1958_b_1.htm

Another "Big Red Boat" was the "Starship Atlantic", today MSC Crociere's "Melody":

http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/PremierJP...Atlantic01.jpg

And then, there was also the "Starship Majestic", today operating as "Elysian Flamenco" for Spanish operator Globalia:

http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/FestivalJ...majestic01.jpg

In 2000, the year of its collapse, Premier Cruises decided to rebrand another two of its ships which previously sported blue hulls "Big Red Boats". Plans to rebrand the "Rembrandt" (the former S/S "Rotterdam"), as well, were abandoned after major protests from shiplovers all over the world.

Instead, Premier chartered the ship "Edinburgh Castle" from its owners, British Cammell Laird shipyard, and renamed it "The Big Red Boat II". The ship was laid up following Premier's bankruptcy in September, 2000 and was scrapped in India, last year:

http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/PremierJP...I-03_CC320.jpg

Also, Premier's own "IslandBreeze" was renamed "The Big Red Boat III". This ship was scrapped in India in 2003:

http://members.aol.com/draikar/images/ib4.jpg
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