10,545 grt; 3,700 dwt; 503 passengers.
Operator: Delian Athina Cruises SA (John C Karras), Piraeus, Greece. Flag: Panama
Built: 1955 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend/Tyne UK. Yard no: 1827.
Propulsion: twin-screws with 2 x six-cylinder, two-stroke, opposed-piston Wallsend Slipway-Doxford 67LBD6 of 13,200 bhp (total) bhp at 112 rpm. Speed: 16 knots. LR/IMO no: 5282627.
Built for Port Line, London as 11,683 grt/14,164 dwt part-refrigerated general cargo ship PORT SYDNEY.
1972-sold to John C Karras, Piraeus, Greece, renamed AKROTIRI EXPRESS (Greek flag).
1972-4-rebuilt as cruise ship by Chalkis Shipyard, Piraeus, renamed DAPHNE.
1979-chartered to Costa Armatori for five years, then purchased by Costa.
2002-renamed OCEAN ODYSSEY (Panama flag)
2002-renamed OCEAN MONARCH (Portuguese/Madeira flag).
2007-sold to World Cruises Agency, Lisbon, Portugal (Trading as Classic International Cruises). Lisbon, Portugal.
2008-renamed PRINCESS DAPHNE.
This ship is probably the last surviving in the world to be powered by the classic, British-design Doxford marine diesel engine, with two pistons in each cylinder, acting in opposite directions to each other.
Near-sister vessel PRINCESS DANAE (ex-PORT MELBOURNE) is also powered by opposed-piston diesels but these are of Harland & Wolff/Burmeister & Wain design.
Photo: Tilbury Landing Stage October 1976