The Mona Lisa is a... Floating Hotel

I snapped this photo of an unidentified floating object just off the shores of the south side of Stanley Park in Vancouver the other day. I couldn't figure out - is it a cruise ship, an old ferry, or possibly some kind of military boat? So I did some research:

The ships name is Mona Lisa. The 660-foot, 29,000-ton ship is currently owned by Leonardo Shipping, and operated under charter by Lord Nelson Seereisen.

She was built in 1966 in Clydebank, Scotland as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship for the Swedish American Line, and has changed names and ownership several times over its 44 years of operation.

From 2007 - 2008, the Mona Lisa was refitted to become an educational vessel for The Scholar Ship international education program, which used to offer undergraduate and graduate semester programs during four-month voyages (but has been discontinued due to lack of funding).

Most recently, the Mona Lisa was chartered as a Peace Boat during the 2008/2009 northern hemisphere winter season.(Peace Boat is a Japan-based, international fleet that helps nations in crisis.)

So, what brings the Mona Lisa to Vancouver waters? She will be used as a floating hotel at the Squamish port in BC for the duration of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.  Up to 700 Olympic volunteers and officials will live on the Mona Lisa; go Canada Go!

Kelsie Struch is a sales representative with Century 21 In Town Realty in Vancouver, BC.

4 Comments

  1. Ines 06/24/2010 at 5:50 PM

    I would like to spend some time on the Mona Lisa. I love ships!

  2. Old Quebec City Hotel 02/14/2011 at 2:36 AM

    Informative Post

  3. Toniotajner 03/23/2011 at 1:50 PM

    great post thanks. I like ships :)

  4. Mississauga Hotels 05/28/2011 at 5:28 AM

    I think this concept is really amazing and this thing makes this mona lisa a world class hotel. I think people like only innovative ideas and these kind of ideas are really very interesting because it gives a freshness to the people. Anyways keep it up and keep continue with your valuable thoughts. Thanks

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