© Dimitris MentakisMV Aegean Odyssey – Past and Present

MV Aegean Odyssey

Ex Aegean I, Aegean Dolphin, Dolphin, Aegean Dolphin, Alkyon, Narcis

© Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Santierul Naval Galatz, Galatz, Rumania (Yard No 617) as a RoRo/Cargo Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 128.33 – 154.50 m (overall) 111.51 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 20.50 m
  • Depth: 12.60 m
  • Draught: 6.579 m
  • Tonnage: 8,224-11,563 gross/3,928-4,777 net/4,174 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 4SA 14-cylinder Pielstick-Crossley 4PC2V-400 diesels
  • Power: 10,154 kW/13,804 HP
  • Speed: 16.0 (service) – 17.5 knots (max)
  • Originally: 2 decks/stern door
  • Capacity: 386 – 720 passengers (after rebuild)
  • Crew: 190
  • Call Sign: 4XLA (Narcis), SWEO, 9HA2404, HOBW.
  • IMO Number: 7225910
  • Official Number: MS212
  • Port of Registry: Haifa/Israel (Narcis), Piraeus/Greece/ Valletta/Malta, Panama.
  • Sister-ships: Paltinis, Iris, Pacani, Peris

Current Location

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June 18th 1971: Keel laid.

June 18th 1972: Launched.

1973: Originally built as the RoRo/Cargo vessel NARCIS

© Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters  (photo of now GRAMOSTI unchanged sister PALTINIS)

August 22nd 1973: Delivered to Zim Israel Navigation Co, Haifa, Israel.

1985: Sold to Dolphin Hellas Shipping, Piraeus and renamed ALKYON.

1986: Converted, in Chalkis, Greece, to a cruise ship, also lengthened by 29 metres.

1986: Renamed AEGEAN DOLPHIN.

  © Tony Garner

Postcard (left) © Tony Garner (right)

1988: Re-delivered and introduced into cruising in the Mediterranean from Venice.

1989: Charter to South Pacific Cruise Services in Australia and renamed DOLPHIN.

September 1989: Charter completed.

1990: Renamed AEGEAN DOLPHIN.

1992: Refit.

October 31st 1994: Laid up in Piraeus.

1995: Charter to Epirotiki Line, Piraeus – Greece.

1996: Renamed AEGEAN I and to Discovery Cruises.

April 1996: Charter to Renaissance Cruises.

1997 – 1998: Charter to Golden Sun Cruises, Piraeus – Greece.

1998: Sold to Golden Sun Cruises, Piraeus, Greece.

© Frank Heine

🆕© Frank Heine (Piraeus 16/07/2001)

2002: Refit.

2005: Charter to Louis Hellenic Cruises.

© Frank Heine

🆕© Frank Heine (Piraeus 29/07/2005)

© Aleksi Lindström

2006: Laid up at Eleusis Bay.


© Aleksi Lindström

2008: Registered to Aegean Experience MC, Piraeus, Greece.

© Frank Heine

🆕© Frank Heine (Piraeus 12/04/2008)

2009 – 2010: Further rebuild.

© Sebastiaan Toufekoulas

© Sebastiaan Toufekoulas

© Gerolf Drebes

© Gerolf Drebes (26/05/2009)

© Frank Heine

🆕© Frank Heine (Keratsini 01/08/2009)

© Sebastiaan Toufekoulas

© Sebastiaan Toufekoulas(06/03/2010)

April 2010: Registered to Aegean Experience Maritime-Mta, Piraeus, Greece. Operator; Voyages to Antiquity, UK and renamed AEGEAN ODYSSEY.


© Manuel Hernández Lafuente

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt (Dover Marina)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Gerolf Drebes, Tony Garner, Frank Heine, Manuel Hernández Lafuente, Aleksi Lindström, Dimitris Mentakis, Nigel Scutt (Dover Marina), Sebastiaan Toufekoulas and Wil Weijsters for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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