Liner Had Clean Record

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THE Sun Vista was built in 1963, and under its original name of the Galileo was a famous cruise ship through to the 1970s. Following recent improvements, its owners described it as a "top class floating hotel".

The 30,440-tonne vessel was 700ft long with eight decks which could accommodate a maximum1,398 passengers and a crew of 770. The ship was classed by the Bureau of American Shipping, and had a clean safety record for the past nine years.

The previous owner was Celebrity Cruises, the giant American company, when the ship was named the Meridian. It was sold to Singapore-based Sun Cruises in 1997.

A pounds 10m refit then turned her into an elegant seven-day Asian waters cruiser, with 547 air-conditioned cabins each sporting a colour television.

Cabins ranged from standard to full suites. Some had options for a third or fourth bed.

Passengers could enjoy Asian and European dishes in the main Four Seasons Restaurant, and a 24-hour buffet at the Marina Cafe.

The vessel had a fitness centre, health spa, beauty salon, seven bars, a shopping centre, four spa baths, a library and children's play facilities. Activities for youngsters included water sports and treasure hunts.

Bar prices were as low as pounds 1 for a beer, or around pounds 6 for a bottle of wine.

Style on board was relaxed, with passengers only tending to dress up for the once-a-week gala night.