MV Aegean Odyssey
Ex Aegean I, Aegean Dolphin, Dolphin, Aegean Dolphin, Alkyon, Narcis
© Dimitris Mentakis
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Santierul Naval Galatz, Galatz, Rumania (Yard No 617) as a RoRo/Cargo Ship
- 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
June 18th 1971: Keel laid.
June 18th 1972: Launched.
1973: Originally built as the RoRo/Cargo vessel NARCIS
© 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.
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.
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 (Piraeus 16/07/2001)
2005: Charter to Louis Hellenic Cruises.
🆕© 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 (Piraeus 12/04/2008)
2009 – 2010: Further rebuild.
© Sebastiaan Toufekoulas
© Gerolf Drebes (26/05/2009)
🆕© Frank Heine (Keratsini 01/08/2009)
© 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 (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.