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The venerable cruise ship Black Prince, which has sailed under the Fred Olsen flag since 1966, is to get a new life.
It has been bought by a South American company, Servicios Acuaticos de Venezuela CA (SAVECA), and is expected to be adapted for short cruises in Venezualan waters.
The 11,200-ton, 450-passenger ship will be handed over to its new owners after it completes the last of a series of farewell cruise in Southampton on October 16. Olsen decided to retire the ship rather than carry out extensive modifications which would ne necessary under new safety regulations which will come into force next year.
Black Prince entered service for Fred Olsen in dual roles, as a cruise ship and vehicle ferry, also being used to carry tomatoes from the Canaries to the UK.
Thousands of British passengers have fond memories of their time on the friendly little ship, and there will be many a tear shed when it sets off across the Atlantic for the last time.