MV Athena

5th October 2005, 17:00
Hello everyone. I have just booked my first cruise, its on the Athena around the West Indies in March 07. I just wondered if anyone has any gossip/news/feedback good or bad, about the ship, so I know what to expect!

5th October 2005, 17:15
Ahoy Phil,

Enjoy yourself, here some links:

5th October 2005, 18:00
Thank you, I am surfing away madly!

5th October 2005, 19:52
Phil go to, the site has exactly the same setup as this site. plenty of info on site.
Also that has links to hundreds of web sites for cruises.

Bob S
5th October 2005, 19:55
There's a thread for the ATHENA with a lot of info. She's had quite a busy life assuming this is the same ship of course.

Enjoy your cruise.

6th October 2005, 09:58
Thank you all.
Bob, pardon my ignorance, but I don't seem to be able to find the thread you refer to. When I put 'Athena' into the search it just points me here. Am I being dull?

Jan Hendrik
6th October 2005, 10:56
Phil, type in Athena and you will get two postings. The second one is what you are after.

Further on the Gallery there is another posting.
Go to the Gallery and halfway that page there is another search option. Type Athena


6th October 2005, 11:32
Athena 16,144 grt built Gothenburg 1948 as Stockholm,
1960 East German Volkerfreund-Schaft,
1985 Panamanian Volker,
1986 Italian-Swiss Fridtjof Nansen,
1993-94 converted to cruise ship and renamed Italia Prima.
2000 renamed Valtur Prima
2003 Festival cruises renamed Caribe
2004 renamed Athena.
Chequered career Phil. Hope the cruise goes well. Bon voyage.

6th October 2005, 12:59
Phil, Athena is the same company as Arion. I met some passengers from her in Bergen when on Oriana and they spoke very highly of her. So if the service on Athena is as good, you will have no problem. Princess Danae and Funchal are also with this company and all have good write up's. All are small, but very friendly so I am told as is most small ships. You will have a great time.

20th October 2005, 13:27
Thanks everyone. Very useful and encouraging stuff.
I'll let you know if it turns out any different!