Cunard Countess was built in Denmark and was prepared for passenger use in Italy. She was christened by Mrs Armstrong, wife of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
Cunard Countess began service with Cunard, after being registered in the Bahamas, and she became one of the better-known cruise ships to cross the Caribbean Sea and middle Atlantic ocean, becoming a regular sight at San Juan in Puerto Rico, as well as Miami and Santo Domingo.
One of her strongest competitors in the Caribbean during the 1980's was the equally famous Carla C (of similar dimensions), operated by the Costa Line.
In 1996, Cunard Countess was sold to Awani Cruises, and renamed Awani Dream II. The Awani cruise company ran into financial trouble, and soon after, the ship moved to the Royal Olympic cruise company, as Olympic Countess.
Ocean Countess was charted as Ruby for Louis Cruise Lines for the summer of 2007, however today she sails under charter with Cruise & Maritime Voyages currently operating out of the UK for the British cruise market.