Alexander von Humboldt (II) Southampton Debut
The latest Phoenix Reisen ship, Alexander von Humboldt, made her Southampton debut on the 29th October 2008.  It would be the first of two calls, the other on the 2nd November.  It was also the third Phoenix ship to visit this year.  We only needed Albatros for the set!  Sadly she wasn't coming.  This 15,271grt ship entered service as Crown Monarch on the 1st December 1990, doing cruises from Palm Beach for Crown Cruises.  She and her sisters Crown Jewel (SuperStar Gemini for Star Cruises until her final cruise for them in December 2008) and Crown Dynasty (currently Braemar (III) for Fred Olsen) as Cunard Crown Cruises.  In 1993 she was transferred to Australia to cruise out of Sydney.  After the charter ended in October 1994, she was renamed Nautican for a gambling cruises charter.  In 1997 she was relocated to Hong Kong to continue her role under the new name of Walrus  By April 2005 she was laid up with various charter rumours coming to nothing.  She was sold in 2006 and renamed Jules Verne in 2007, when she was chartered to Cruceos Vision.  They cancelled the charter as of the 27th October when the owners chartered her to Phoenix Reisen to replace the original Alexander von Humboldt which was returning to Swan Hellenic as Minerva from 2008, where she remained despite being sold to All Leisure Group in 2009 until becoming Voyager from December 2012 for Voyages of Discovery.  All Leisure Group went bust in January 2017.  Voyager was subsequently sold in March to Hoteles Dinamicos Sa De Cv in Mexico and renamed Vidanta Alegria.  I was supposed to see Jules Verne in Madeira and Tenerife but got Athena instead so it was wonderful to see her at last!  The itnerary listed her arrival as the usual 9am.  VTS said 8.30am which was changed to 10am.  It was freezing cold so the delay was welcome as it was slightly warmer when she arrived, but not much.
We didn't stay until she docked because we were just too frozen.  She was originally supposed to sail to Bremerhaven at 9pm but it was deferred half an hour, probably due to her late arrival.  I sailed on her in 2014 as Voyager and the review of that can be found here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 29th October 2008
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14th April 2017