Premier Cruise Line was
originally formed in 1983 by the Greyhound Bus Company of the
USA and cruise execs Bruce Nierenberg and Bjornar Hermansen.
The first ship was the Costa liner Federico C, which was
refitted and given a distinctive red hull. She was renamed
often described as StarShip Royale, and operated 3-day
and 4-day Bahamas trips out of Port Canaveral. The second ship,
acquired in 1986, was the superb Home Lines flagship Oceanic,
referred to as StarShip Oceanic. Subsequent purchases
in 1988 were the Home Lines Atlantic, sold by Holland
America when Home Lines were acquired, and the Sun Princess
of Princess Cruises. These became StarShip Atlantic
and StarShip Majestic. StarShip Royale was sold
to Dolphin Cruise Line as SeaBreeze in the same year,
when these newer ships arrived. The Company was earning in excess
of $20 million annually on a gross revenue of $100 million during
the 1980's. Nierenberg and Hermansen sold their shares back to
the Greyhound Corp ( which had become the Dial Corp) and left
the business. SeaBreeze rejoined the 'new' Premier Cruises fleetwhen it amalgamated
Premier became the "official
Disney cruise line", and marketed cruises as part of a package
including visits to the Disney theme parks in Florida. This connection
was severed when Disney decided to create its
own cruise line. StarShip Majestic was sold to CTC in 1994,
becoming their Southern Cross, and the
was sold to MSC to become their Melody. This left only
the StarShip Oceanic in the fleet before the amalgamation
with Dolphin and Seawind to form the 'new'
in September 2000.
Spirit of London, Sun Princess,
Southern Cross, Flamenco
Premier Cruise Line Fleet
Cruise Lines: 1983-88)
Premier Cruise Lines'
first ship was the StarShip Royale, previously the Costa
C, built 1958.
C was the first
new ship built for
Line (Linea "C").
She worked for them from 1958 until 1983, initially on liner
voyages from Italy to South America, and then from Italy to Florida
and the Caribbean. In later years
Federico C devoted more and more time to
cruises. In 1983, she was sold to
Premier Cruise Lines, becoming
Royale and then
StarShip Royale. Premier in turn sold her to Dolphin in 1988, where StarShip
SeaBreeze. More recently, both Dolphin and
Premier Cruise Lines were acquired by Cruise Holdings, who merged them
into an enlarged
Cruises fleet in
1997, for whom
SeaBreeze continued to operate. In September
2000, the predicted collapse of
Premier Cruises occurred. In December 2000,
SeaBreeze was reported to have sunk off
the US coast in heavy weather whilst sailing light. All crew
had been taken off by helicopter.
card gives the following information:- PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA Gross tonnage 21,000 tons - Length 606 feet - Draft 27 feet
- Cruising speed 22 knots - Double occupancy cabin capacity 770
of passenger decks 8 - Modern fin stabilizer system - Fully air-conditioned
- Outdoor swimming pool - Outdoor whirlpool
communications - Theater with first run movies - Casino Royale
Las Vegas-style gambling - Outer Limits Disco
Dipper ice cream parlour - Captain Video arcade - Apollo Observatory.
Ships Registry Panama.
card of StarShip Royale, serial number 158
Editions FISA, Barcelona - Photo: P.Asenjo
Editions FISA card of StarShip Royale, serial number 157a,
again using a photo by P.Asenjo.
Hinde Curteich card from the Bahamas, showing StarShip Royale,
serial number 2BH 92-B.
official cards showing both Royale and Oceanic.
cards give the following details:- The Official Cruise Line of
Walt Disney World
Premier's StarShip Fleet - the largest and most luxurious cruise
fleet in Bahamas cruising.
from Port Canaveral, Florida, on 3-and 4-night cruises to Nassau
and the Out Islands.
entertainment on every cruise year-round.
the "Cruise and Wait Disney World Vacation Week," which
combines a cruise with a free visit to the world's #1 vacation
Scenic Prints postcard (serial 54-E) showing both StarShip
Royale and StarShip Oceanic, at Nassau.
Cruise Lines: 1986-2000)
Oceanic was originally built for Home
Lines in 1965. The
Oceanic was completed in 1963 by Cantieri
Riuniti dell'Adriatico, Monfalcone.
Home Lines first purpose-built ship, designed as a two-class
liner to operate in summer on their Canadian route from Cuxhaven,
le Havre and Southampton. By the time of her delivery, Home Lines had dropped the Atlantic liner
Oceanic ran 7-day cruises to Nassau from
New York through the summer. In winter she ran longer trips to
the Caribbean. She was sold to
Premier Cruise Line in 1985, when replaced by the new Homeric.
Oceanic became the sole remaining ship
in the Premier fleet in 1996, before it was enlarged again following
the amalgamation with Dolphin and Seawind in 2000.She was later
was frequently marketed as the
Big Red Boat. This later became her official
in September 2000.
Oceanic was acquired by Spanish operator
Pullmantur, who had previously chartered
the Seawind Crown.