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---SS Aegean two---


 Ex SS Ivory, SS Ausonia


Deck Plan



Above: SS Aegean two – Below: Seen as built - SS Ausonia




Farewell Ausonia!

It had already been rumoured in 2008 that this superb ex Italian liner, now operating as a Greek cruise ship, would be decommissioned, which was such a sad thought for she was still in perfect condition in every sense of the word, and I personally know many who sailed on her and raved about her interior and exterior state!

However, the sad fact is that she was eventually was laid up in Greece and was sold to Indian breakers who took her to Alang where she arrived on March 3, 2010 where she was broken up. Farewell Ausonia, you were a wonderful ship indeed and I am well aware that countless thousands and all ship lovers will never forget your sheer beauty and the delights you have given so many at sea, for you have were one of the last real ships left!

Farewell Ausonia you were a wonderful ship indeed and will never to be forgotten!


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