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Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Author

MS Caribe I

ex T.S.S. Olympia, Caribe – Later MS Regal Empress

Caribe I was built as the Greek Line TSS Olympia

(the author’s private collection)


Photographs on this page show MS Caribe I in dry-dock for her 1988 refit, which included the removal of a hideous funnel that was fitted in 1983. It was replaced by a more conventional funnel giving her a pleasing profile once again.

We thank Michael Goldsby for (most of) the photographs on this page. Michael worked in the Casino on the Caribe I as a slot technician in the late 80's. He has also worked on other ships, including - The Azur, The Victoria, Meridian, Britanis and the Amerikanis.

 Caribe I enters dry-dock in 1988 for a refit including the removal of THAT hiddeous funnel!


 This monstrosity was fitted in 1983

(photograph Peter Knego)


A brilliant photograph of her bow whilst in dry-dock


Receiving much needed work


Caribe I seen here with her new funnel. She is now under the management of Commodore Cruise Line.

Note her funnel marking with the Commodore Cruises flag


A magnificent photograph of Caribe I at anchor


 We thank Michael Goldsby for the photographs he kindly provided


TSS Olympia INDEX – Note new feature - # 8.


1… TSS Olympia - The only Greek Trans Atlantic Liner ever to be built. Sold to become the Caribe and Regal Empress


2… Caribe refit photographs - Photos and story by ex crew member Michael Goldsby


3… Photo Album One


4… Photo Album Two - Photos by an Australian passenger, Michael Barnes


5 Deck Plan


6… The ex Save the TSS Olympia Campaign – The History of the Campaign


7… Read the Memorandum of Agreement - Proof of how Senator Leonidas Raptakis turned TRAITOR and deserted TSS Olympia!


8… Birth at Sea – The fascinating story of how Jim (Olympios) Bournelis was born mid Atlantic!



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