Crown Cruise Line

Crown Cruise Line

Crown Cruise Line

Crown Cruise Line History

Crown Cruise Lines, started by Oddmund Grundstad and Grundstad Maritime began operations in 1984. This was headquartered in Boca Raton; FL.The cruise line was small but upper class operator. But eventually Effjohn’s International’s Commodore Cruise Line began overseeing its operations and ultimately all ships were leased out to other cruise operators.

Crown Cruise Line Information

Industry Cruise ships
Founded 1984
Defunct 2001
Headquarters 1984-1992: Boca Raton, FL, United States
1992-2001: Hollywood, FL, United States
Parent Grundstad Maritime Overseas Inc.
Effjohn International
Commodore Holdings LTD

Crown Cruise Line Destinations

The operations of the Crown Cruise Lines started with the 1st ship named Vikings Princess. It started out from San Diego, A to places like Ensenada, Baja California, Santa Catalina Island, California. The operators then reached an agreement with Port of Palm Beach in FL and the ship was transferred from CA to Palm Beach and sent to newer destinations like Freeport, Bahamas and also it sailed on coastal cruises to nowhere. Excited by the success of Viking Princess, the founders invested in a second ship which was 1967 Spanish built, named Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and was revamped in 1986 to become suitable as a cruise liner. The ship was called Crown del Mar and it operated from Palm beach to Bahamas and Western Caribbean islands on two  night and five nights itenieries respectively.

The third ship made its entry in 1990 named Crown Monarch. It sailed to destinations like Key West, Grand Cayman, Cho Rios (Jamaica) and Labadie, Haiti which were all seven day cruise destinations. Also the ship departed from Canada and New York in September and October to the Caribbean Islands.

Crown Cruise Line Fate of the Liner

Tourism industry suffered a setback in 1991 due to economic recession and Gulf war and the cruise company had to scale down their operations. Grundstad Maritime, which was the parent company of Crown Cruise line split the company as Palm Beach Cruises (which undertook day cruises aboard the Viking Princess), the other 50% ownership and the name Crown Cruise Line were taken over by Commodore Cruise Line which was a Scandinavian shipping company. The Crown Monarch continued to sail under Grundstad Maritime.

In 1993 Cunard became the marketing head of Crown and eventually moved out of Palm Beach and shifted the business to Port Everglades in Florida.  Two more sister ships had also been included in the fleet.

Crown Cruise Line Former Ships

Ship Year
Gross Tonnage Length Port of Registry
Viking Princess 1964 6,659 GT 128 m (419 ft 11 in) Panama
Crown Del Mar 1967 9.725 GT 130.6 m (428 ft 6 in) Panama
Crown Monarch 1990 15,271 GT 152.5 m (500 ft 4 in) Panama
Crown Jewel 1992 19,089 GT 163.68 m (537 ft 0 in) Panama
Crown Dynasty 1993 19,089 GT 163.68 m (537 ft 0 in) Panama

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