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NAME

COSTA VOYAGER (GRAND VOYAGER) (OLYMPIC VOYAGER)

CLASS

CRUISE SHIP

ENT/SERVICE

2000

BUILT

BLOHM & VOSS / HAMBURG / GERMANY

WEIGHT

24,391 TONS

LENGTH

590 FEET

WIDTH

84 FEET

SPEED

27 KNOTS - DIESEL ENGINES

Grand Voyager was originaly built for Royal Olympic Cruises as their Olympic Voyager. The second ship in this class Olympic Explorer entered service in 2001. This cruise line began operating in 1995 after the merger of two Greek lines, Epirotiki that had been founded in the mid 1800s and the Sun Line founded in 1957. Voyager and Explorer were Royal Olympic Cruises first new builds. They joined their fleet of five aging mid sized cruise ships. Explorer is slightly different from her sister ship as she had a few modifications made to her passenger decks, the most noticeable being, she has twice the amount of verandas as that on Voyager. These two ships were the fastest of all the new cruises ships built in recent years.

Both ships have 6 passenger decks, 1 pool, 6 bars, casino, fitness center, 420-seat entertainment lounge, 270 outside cabins, 126 inside cabins, can carry over 800 passengers and a crew of 360.

The main route for these ships was from Piraeus/Greece - eastern Mediterranean and western Mediterranean cruises out of Venice and Barcelona. Cruises between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles traveled around South America by the Cape of Good Hope.

Olympic Voyager and Explorer were both sold at auction in 2004 as ROC stopped operating after running into financial difficulties.

Olympic Voyager was chartered by the Spanish company Iberojet to be operated under the name Grand Voyager. This ship was sold to Costa in 2011 to be operated as their Costa Voyager for cruises throughout the Mediteranean & Red Sea. Itinerary.
Websites, US: www.costacruise.com UK: www.costacruises.co.uk .

Olympic Explorer is now used as a floating college under the name Explorer.
Website: www.semesteratsea.com.

For a photo history of Royal Olympic Cruises, view: www.simplonpc.co.uk/RoyalOlympicPCs.

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