MV Cunard Ambassador

MV Cunard Ambassador

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MV Cunard Ambassador

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MV Cunard Ambassador was a cruise ship intended for the use of a company by the name of Overseas National Airways which was a charter airline. Along with this ship, Overseas National Airways planned seven other ships as well. At the same time, the well known Cunard Line saw the cruise market as a positive investment in the early 1960s. How they were planning for this however was very difficult. Because of the mass popularity with cheaper and faster airplanes, this spelled the doom for transatlantic ships which was the only way of transportation over water for years. Now these services were gone and Cunard had to enter the cruise market, or face financial bankruptcy, like many other passenger lines had done before.


Built by Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1972. 14,155 gross tons; long; wide. Diesel powered engines turning two propellers. Service speed . 806 all-one-class passengers.

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Because of the vast amount of money being put into this project with so many ships, Overseas National Airways soon ran into financial troubles, and had to abort their project. Cunard saw the opportunity and quickly took over the project. The eight cruise ships were soon reduced to only two. Cunard christened the two new ships the Cunard Adventurer of 1971 and Cunard Ambassador of 1972. Cunard Ambassador along with her twin sister, didn’t last for very long.

Both ships were intended for seven-day cruises. Some of these cruises...
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