International Cruises, The Scholar Ship


        The Scholar Ship was an educational programme organized by Royal Caribbean International and seven universities around the world. Two voyages were sailed in 2007 and in 2008 respectively. Students from different countries gathered in a community, and the onboard academic programmes and residential lives were designed to develop their intercultural leadership skills. In 2008 June, The Scholar Ship cancelled all future voyages due to difficulties in raising necessary funds for running the programme.

        The 2007 September voyage lasted for 16 weeks, and sailed from Athens, Greece to Hong Kong via Central America and South Pacific. The 2008 January voyage also lasted for 16 weeks, which departed from Hong Kong, then travelled to Southeast Asia and Africa, and finally ended at Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In each port of call, various activities were prepared, which included academic field programmes, shore excursions, community services and independent travel. This provided opportunities for students to explore different cultures and broaden their horizons.

Former Ship(s)



Oceanic II

Entered Service

1966 April


John Brown & Company, Clydebank (Scotland)

Original Cost

US$22 million


Nassau, The Bahamas

Gross Tonnage

28891 tons

Length x Beam x Draft

201.2 x 26.6 x 8.6 (m), 660.0 x 87.1 x 28.1 (ft)


20 knots

Passenger Decks


Number of Cabins (Inside/Oceanview/Balcony)

389 (88, 301, 0)

(Standard Occupancy / Full Occupancy)

778 / 1104

Passenger Space Ratio
(Standard Occupancy / Full Occupancy)

37.13 / 26.17

Total Crew

350, International

Crew to Passenger Ratio
(Standard Occupancy / Full Occupancy)

2.22 / 3.15

Navigation Officers


IMO Number, Call Sign

6512354, C6RU6

Sister Ships



1966-1975: Kungsholm <IV> (Swedish America Line)
1975-1979: Kungsholm (Flagship Cruises)
1979-1986: Sea Princess (P&O Cruises)
1986-1991: Sea Princess <I> (Princess Cruises)
1991-1995: Sea Princess (P&O Cruises)
1995-1999: Victoria (P&O Cruises)
1999-2000: Victoria (Union-Castle Line)
2000-2002: Victoria (P&O Cruises)
2002-2006: Mona Lisa (Holiday Kreuzfahrten)
2006-2007: [laid up]
2007-2007: Oceanic II (Louis Cruise Lines)
2007-2007: Oceanic II (Pullmantur Cruceros)
2007-2008: Oceanic II (The Scholar Ship)
2008-2008: Mona Lisa (Lord Nelson Seereisen)
2008-2009: Mona Lisa (Peace Boat)
2009-2010: Mona Lisa (Lord Nelson Seereisen)
2010-2011: [laid up]
2011: Veronica (floating hotel in Oman)

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