Chinese Taishan

MS Chinese Taishan is a cruise ship that was formerly owned by Royal Olympic Cruises and Carnival Corporation & plc, sailing for Carnival subsidiaries Costa Crociere and Ibero Cruises as Grand Voyager.

Chinese Taishan moored in Nagasaki in 2019
  • 2000–2004: Olympic Voyager
  • 2004–2005: Voyager
  • 2005–2011: Grand Voyager
  • 2011–2014: Costa Voyager
  • 2014 onwards: Chinese Taishan
Owner: Bohai Ferry Company
Port of registry:
Builder: Blohm + Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 961
Laid down: 2014
Launched: 14 July 1999
Christened: 22 June 2000[1]
Maiden voyage: 24 June 2000[1]
In service: 24 June 2000
Status: In service
General characteristics [2]
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 24,427 GT[3]
Length: 180.7 m (593 ft)
Beam: 25.6 m (84 ft)
Decks: 6
Installed power: 4 × - Wärtsilä 9L46C (4 × 12852 HP / 9450 kW)


Twin-Propeller Inboard
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph) Max.
Capacity: 832[2]/927 passengers in 416 cabins[4]
Crew: 353

On 14 February 2005, the MV Grand Voyager was struck by a freak wave during a mistral storm while operating in the Mediterranean. A 40 to 50 foot tall wave knocked out a window on the bridge and ingressing water disabled the ship's engine controls. Dramatic video of the ship helplessly adrift and rolling to extreme angles was captured by rescue helicopters. This incident occurred less than a month after a similar situation happened aboard Grand Voyager's sister-ship the MV Explorer operating in the Pacific.

She entered service for Costa in December 2011, originally planned to sail Costa's Corals and Ancient Treasures Red Sea itinerary. Due to fleetmate Costa Allegra's generator-room fire, Costa Voyager temporarily suspended her cruises and assumed all of Costa Allegra's cruises from March 18 to July 1, 2012. She sailed in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, dedicated to guests from the French market.[5] The ship has sailed voyages from Amsterdam and the Mediterranean Sea.

The vessel was sold for 43.68 million US-Dollar to Bohai Ferry Company from Yantai in February 2014, and was renamed Chinese Taishan.[6][7][8]


  1. M/S Olympic Voyager, Fakta om fartyg (in Swedish)
  2. "Costa Voyager". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  3. Costa Voyager No 88846
  4. "Costa Cruise - Costa Voyager". Archived from the original on 16 January 2012.
  5. "Costa Voyager to Replace Costa Allegra on Planned Itineraries". Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  6. "Bohai Ferry to buy Costa Voyager". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  7. "COSTA VOYAGER Sold To Bohai". Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  8. "Bohai Ferry to Start with Bought Costa Voyager, Now China Taishan". Retrieved 2014-10-15.
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