MV Aegean Odyssey
The MV Aegean Odyssey is a cruise ship owned and operated by Voyages to Antiquity, a one-ship cruise company established in 2009. Originally built as a ferry, it was converted to a cruise ship in 1988, and substantially rebuilt again in 2010.
Built in 1973 as the Zim ro-ro ferry Narcis, she was bought by Dolphin Hellas Cruises in 1986, and renamed Aegean Dolphin after conversion to a cruise ship in 1988. In 1995 the ship was listed as operating for Epirotiki Line. It was renamed Aegean I whilst on charter to Renaissance Cruises in 1996. Then the ship operated for Golden Sun Cruises on Mediterranean cruises since 1997–1998, still owned by Dolphin Hellas. In 2005, she was bought by Louis Hellenic Cruise Lines, but the deal fell through due to legal problems, and the ship was laid up. She was bought by the new cruise company 'Voyages to Antiquity' in 2009, as part of a new venture by cruise line veteran Gerry Herrod.
The ship has been refitted and renovated in Piraeus to cater for cruising in the coastal waters of the central and southern Mediterranean – she can visit ports that are too small for most cruise ships and can also pass through the Corinth Canal – and began operation again in May 2010, renamed Aegean Odyssey.
The passenger capacity was reduced from 570 to around 380, in order to provide more spacious accommodation; the cinema was removed in favour of a lecture hall, and new dining areas established.
The ship's ownership changed, four days before its inaugural cruise departure, on 30/4/10. Its registered owner is Samos (Island) Maritime Co. Ltd based in Piraeus.
Classically elegant, but far from stuffy and formal, Aegean Odyssey has been designed to offer the sophisticated traveller every comfort at sea. With tastefully understated interiors, Aegean Odyssey combines the best of traditional elegance with all the modern conveniences of a first-class ship.
She offers the personal service and intimate surroundings of a small ship, has the ability to visit ports that are too small for larger vessels, navigate close to scenic islands of the Adriatic and Mediterranean, as well as berth upriver in the heart of Bangkok, Yangon and Ho Chi Minh City.
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