The MS Ocean Village 2 is the latest offering from cruise operator Ocean Village. Ocean Village needed a new vessel to expand its operation into the summer Mediterranean and winter Caribbean markets. The ship was launched from Southampton, UK, after an extensive refit in May 2007
The MS Ocean Village 2 was constructed in 1990 by Fincantieri Maritimo of Italy for Sitmar Cruises and has sailed under three brands. The ship originally sailed as the Crown Princess for Princess Cruises (later taken over by Sitmar Cruises), then as the Arosa Blu for A’Rosa in 2002 before a 2004 refit for Aida Cruises as the AidaBlu.
The ship can carry 1,708 passengers at regular passenger capacity but has a maximum of 2,014 passengers if required. The ship is staffed by 619 crewmembers. There are 835 passenger cabins. 628 are outside cabins, of which 198 have a balcony. There are 197 inside cabins and ten cabins with wheel chair access.
The ship has 13 decks, eleven of which are for passenger accommodation. There are four restaurants: The Bistro offers formal dining, La Luna serves a Mediterranean menu and the Plantation and Waterfront buffets are open 24-hours.
There are eight bars and four entertainment venues including the Marque show lounge theatre, a casino, nightclub and cinema. Extensive health and spa facilities include the state-of-the-art Ocean View Gym (Karma Gym and Fitness), aerobics studio, pilates, yoga and dance classes, two pools and two Jacuzzis.
The two-level spa has ocean-view treatment rooms and a suite of steam rooms, saunas and relaxation zones on the lower level. The ship also has an internet cafe, four retail shops, a hair and beauty salon, children’s areas and a night nursery.
The ship has two diesel engines allowing a speed of 20kt. There are two fin stabilisers, two bow thrusters and two stern thrusters. The ship is 245.6m long with a breadth of 32m and a draught of 8.2m. The vessel has a gross registered tonnage of 70,310t.