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Odysseus in her Royal
1961, Soc. Espanola de Construccion Naval,
Princesa Isabel as built
Dimensions: Length - 483 ft/ 147.30m, Beam - 61 ft/18.67m, Draught – 24.1 ft/ 7.35m, Machinery - B & W type Diesels, Twin Screws. Accommodation: First Class, 200 passengers – 29 double and 46 three-berth cabins. Tourist Class, 250 passengers – a small number of two/three berth cabins, but mostly four berth cabins. Some cabins were interchangeable. She is fully air-conditioned and fitted with Denny-Brown stabilisers.
Due to poor loadings,
Princesa Isabel was laid up in
Dominion Lines Marco Polo
In the mid seventies, the
larger P&O, Sitmar and
Marco Polo seen in 1977
After an extensive refit
Marco Polo’s identical sister, Coral Princess
However, after her first
season it became obvious that loadings were poor and she was laid up in
Her interiors were greatly modernised with her décor being designed by the famed Arminio Lozzi. Accommodation was increased to 454 two bedded basis, 496 all beds, now having a crew of 194. Her 226 cabins became bright and airy. Upon completion, she was 12,000 tonne.
In April 1989, Odysseus
commenced 3, 4 with the option of 7 day summer Aegean cruises. Later she
undertook occasional cruises in South America and the
After the Epirotiki and Sun Line merger, Odysseus hull was painted in Royal Olympic colours
In December 1995, merger
took place between Epirotiki and Sun Line, giving birth to the new Royal
Olympic Cruises. At the time, Odysseus became the flagship of the fleet. Her
exteriors took on a new look as her hull and funnel were painted dark blue. She
was placed on her previous cruise program. Later she undertook a number of
--The Main Lounge & Showroom
Above Left: Bar - Centre: Pool – Right: Restaurant
Odysseus in her dark blue hull is an attractive ship with a balanced profile and classic lines. She has a vast deck space, open air for the sun lovers. She has two spacious teak-decked Promenade walking areas, which includes a covered jogging track below the promenade.
A warm and pleasing Mediterranean décor is featured throughout the ship. In addition Odysseus also features an excellent collection of art. Most lounges are located on Promenade Deck. Two decks down the popular Marine Club and covered deck is located just aft of the Dinning Room.
Odysseus is a delightful smaller cruise ship that offers a traditional environment. The minute you step onboard Odysseus, you know that you have arrived in a unique world that only a true ocean-going liner can provide. She oozes a maritime atmosphere, with her covered promenades and delightful interiors.
The Dinning Room has the kind of ambience you expect of a cruise liner. The ship carries around 450 passengers, thus with two sittings, the Dinning Room is never crowded like on many ships which will seat up to 600. Buffets for breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed in the Marine Club, which is adjoined to the Restaurant.
Accommodation is attractive and roomy compared to the newer cruise ships. Many outside cabins have convertible sofabeds. Thus, during the day, it provides a pleasant lounge area, and at night, it becomes a bed. Most cabins are twin bedded, whilst there are a several double-bedded cabins. In addition, a small number of cabins have upper berths fitted. However, all cabins have ample wardrobe and drawer space, adorned with tasteful wood trim features. All cabins have bathrooms, although these, like on most ships, are relatively small, but adequate.
Berlitz has given Odysseus a three star rating. Undoubtedly she offers good value cruising, yet in comfort and style.
When it became apparent
that Royal Olympic Cruises was heading for financial troubles, the attractive
Odysseus, as well as several other ships of the fleet, was laid up in 2003.
Then, Odysseus re entered service for a short time, but was soon laid up again.
She was sold by auction and was purchased by Mantovana Holdings Ltd a V-Ships
subsidiary, and has been leased to Everis Capital Holdings for casino
cruises out of
Lucky Star being refitted as a Casino
cruise ship in
Photograph used with thanks - www.faktaomfartyg.com
April 2008 Update: Lucky Star, the once superb; ex Odysseus, Aquamarine, Marco Polo, Princesa Isabel
was sold to be broken up and has been beached at Alang
Photo by Mike Goddin
Unfortunately, I have lost the name of the photographs above and below
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