Her maiden cruise departed London on the "Spring Garden and Bird Quest" cruise, on a tour taking in the gardens and bird life of Northern France, Channel Islands and Scilly Isles.
Built in 1991 as RENAISSANCE VI, she was originally one a fleet of Renaissance class cruise ships for the once very popular and now defunct Renaissance Cruise Lines. Of note it is interesting to see that she will join her original Renaissance sister ISLAND SKY which was originally built as RENAISSANCE VIII. She then had various owners and names but was most recently known as the HEBREDIAN SPIRIT operating niche cruises for the Hebredian International Cruise Line up until 2008. Her last and most interesting role saw her owners, reported to be connected to the Dubai Royal Family, turn her in to an 80 guest luxury Super Yacht named SUNRISE.