Making her first appearance on the Clyde on Friday was one of two passenger ships to call at Greenock on the one day. AMADEA, presently operating for the German cruise company Pheonix Reisen, was built in Japan as ASUKA in 1991 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK). She was the largest passenger ship built for the Japanese market in the 20th Century. In 2006, after a successful career that had included annual world cruises in each of the preceding ten years, she was brought to European waters and given a major refit to adapt her for the German cruise market. On her present cruise, which started at Bremerhaven, she visited Greenwich, the Isles of Scilly and a number of other ports before coming to Greenock. She would be following in the wake of WESTERDAM once she sailed, calling at Portree and Invergordon before returning to Bremerhaven. AMADEA is 28,856 gross tons, and is 193 metres in length. She can accommodate up to 620 passengers, and is registered in the Bahamas.