MV Van Gogh

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MV Van Gogh was built at the Wärtsilä Turku Shipyard as a Belorussiya-class cruise ferry for the Ukrainian Black Sea Shipping Company she entered service in 1975 as MS Gruziya, and was able to accommodate 1009 passengers and 256 cars, during the 1980s the vessel was converted to a cruise ship 80 cabins was built in to the upper level of the car deck and the lower car deck 3 was converted to a cinema, bar and casino complex.

The ship continued to operate as MS Gruziya until 1995 when she was transferred under the ownership of Blasco UK, and renamed Odessa Sky , following a engine overall in 1996 the vessel was sold at auction as her owners blasco could not afford to pay for the repairs in march 1999 the ship had a major refit and was renamed club 1, she began running unsuccessful short cruises for the Netherlands-based cruise ship company club cruise as a result the ship was laid up in September 1999,the ship was put back into service in December 1999 and renamed van Gogh she was chartered to UK based Travelscope in 2002 where she was popular in the UK cruise market until Travelscope went bankrupt late 2007, a new company Van Gogh cruises was set up staffed mostly by ex-Travelscope employees to run the ship but this never took off Due to difficulties in acquiring membership of the Association of British Travel Agents, the new company were unable to sell any cruises forcing van Gogh cruises to cease trading, following the collapse the van Gogh was briefly charted to the Russia-based Metropolis Tur before being sold at auction in 2009 to Salamis Cruises who have now renamed her MS Salamis Filoxenia.

on board the ships entertainment consists of a sea water swimming pool and smaller childrens pool, club live show lounge, a casino, shop, library, nightclub, cinema, piano bar, deck games, small gymnasium, self serve buffet, nautillus restaurant, nautillus bar ,lido bar, sky bar, and various children’s activity clubs.






Onboard Entertainment and Facilities


Pools tick-icon whirlpools Cross-icon
Flowrider  Cross-icon Rock wall  Cross-icon
Restaurants & Bars  tick-icon Shops tick-icon
Fast Food  tick-icon Room Service  tick-icon
Nightclub or Disco  tick-icon Lounge  tick-icon
Theater  tick-icon Cafe's  tick-icon
Casino  tick-icon Piano Bar  tick-icon
Pursers desk  tick-icon Excursion desk  tick-icon
Library  tick-icon Photo shop  tick-icon
Card room  Cross-icon Medical room  tick-icon
Laundry room  tick-icon Sauna/steam room  tick-icon
Gym  tick-icon Childrens activity clubs  tick-icon
Babysitting service  tick-icon Video games room  Cross-icon
Sports facilities  Cross-icon Outdoor movie theater  Cross-icon



Ship Specifications

  • Size: Small
  • Length: 512 feet
  • Beam: 72 feet
  • Speed:  21 Knots
  • Tonnage: 16,331
  • Decks: 7
  • Crew: 216
  • Passengers: 1,009
  • Maiden Voyage: 1975 (As MS Gruziya) 
  • Christened: 
  • Godmother:

Van Gogh Review's

2011-08-19, 19:45
The staff couldnt do enough for you and the food is as good ...
2011-07-19, 17:29
We had two wonderful cruises on the Van Gogh - food great, s...

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