Cunard Crown Monarch
The Cunard Crown Monarch’s time with Cunard was short. The ship became part of the Cunard fleet when Cunard Line entered into a joint venture with Crown Cruise Line.
As Cunard Crown Monarch, the 1990-built ship was deployed to the Australian market. The ship was placed on itineraries that saw her on voyages between Darwin and Sydney, as well as trans Tasman cruises to New Zealand.
With Cunard Crown Monarch, Cunard intended to bring a new standard of sophistication to the Australian market. This market had been dominated by P&O Holidays’ aged cruise ship Fairstar. Fairstar offered very basic, very casual 3-star cruises; however the ship enjoyed a loyal following.
Cunard Crown Monarch proved too sophisticated for the local market. The ship was not successful and was later withdrawn and returned to Crown Cruise Line which operated her as Nautican.
She has since operated as a Casino ship in Hong Kong, as well as a cruise ship for Phoenix cruises. Today she operated as Voyager for Voyages of Discovery.
Image source: Simplon Post Cards