MV Glory Sea
ex Celestyal Odyssey, Explorer, Olympia Explorer, Olympic Explorer
© Gena Amfimov
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2002 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, Germany (Yard No 962) for Royal Olympic Cruises, Piraeus, Greece
- Length: 180.40m (overall), 161.55m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of hull: 25.50m
- Depth: 12.7m
- Draught: 7.30m
- Tonnage: 24,318 gross/2,500 deadweight
- Engines: Four Wartsila 9L46C diesels
- Power/Propellers: 37,800 kW/2
- Speed: 28.0 knots
- Capacity: 800 passengers, 927, 836
- Crew: 360
- Passenger Decks: 7
- Call Sign: C6TN4, C6CI6
- IMO Number: 9183518
- MMSI Number: 311000482
- Registry: Greece, Bahamas, Valletta/Malta
- Sister Ships: Olympic Voyager
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May 19th 2000: Launched as OLYMPIC EXPLORER.
March 9th 2001: Sea trials.
April 2001: Renamed OLYMPIA EXPLORER. (In Gibraltar,registered under the Greek flag).
April 24th 2001: “Shakedown” cruise for employees of Blohm & Voss.
April 27th 2001: Owners refused to take delivery until certain technical problems were resolved.
April 25th 2002: Delivered to Royal Olympic Cruises, Piraeus, Greece.
2002: Owners changed name to Royal Olympia Cruises.
June 28th 2004: Sold to Stella Maritime, Nassau, Bahamas (Management Institute for Shipboard Education, Pittsburgh, USA). Renamed EXPLORER.
December 2007: Sold to Explorer Maritime LLC, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Sailing under Bahamian flag, home port Nassau.
© Aleksi Lindström (all)
May 5th 2015: Chartered to Celestyal Cruises and renamed CELESTYAL ODYSSEY.
© Dennis Mortimer
May 18th 2015: Arrived in Piraeus.
October 28th 2015: Sold to Diamond Cruise International, Athens, Greece.
December 2015: Arrived in Shanghai and underwent a refit at Huarun Dadong Shipyard
March 1st 2016: Renamed GLORY SEA and last known to be sailing short cruises to Japan and South Korea. Registered manager; Shanghai Xinhong Shipping.
We would like to thank: Gena Amfimov, Aleksi Lindström and Dennis Mortimer for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.