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Grand Voyager

Grand Voyager
off Nea Kameni
Santorini, Cyclades
June 2007

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Very nice image taken from Santorini the best island in the world
 

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She definitely has more pleasing lines and layout to the bigger box shaped Cruise ships on the sea today. The fact that the cruise companies are still building the very large "mobile resorts" with all the outside balconies must mean that they are serving the market very well however odd they look.

Personally it will be a sad day when the QE2 stops next year but modern cruise passengers demand an outside cabin with a balcony so we must keep our archives carefully so we can continue to view the more traditional Liners.
 

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Grand Voyager is certainly not a traditional cruise ship Davie and regrettably she is very much a problem child. She and a sister are very high speed ships were ordered from Blohm+Voss by Royal Olympic with the idea that their 28 knot service speed would enable them to operate 7 day cruises covering Greece, Egypt, Israel and Turkey with the sales pitch of “Three Continents in Seven Days”.

The design baseline was a never built Blohm+Voss project for a very high speed container feeder ship. That project was hybrid naval / submarine / merchant hull form with a single screw, which was not acceptable for a passenger vessel. As a result the Royal Olympic ships have two shafts, close together with the propellers overlapping in a tunnel stern.

The entire Royal Olympic concept for these ships fell apart because the rising Middle East political tensions destroyed the market for their itinerary. After operating Olympic Voyager at a considerable loss in 2000, Royal Olympic refused delivery of the second ship on the grounds of excessive vibration and noise in both ships. Whether these objections are valid or merely an excuse is debatable.

After a long haggle Royal Olympic accepted the second ship but promptly became bankrupt. Olympic Voyager’s contract price was $150.8 million. Four years later the Spanish operator Iberojet bought her for $97.2 million.

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I have also heard that the stewards are in 4-birth cabins , whereas they were in 2-birth ones, in the older ships of the ROC fleet! Is this progress or what!
 

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Well I did say that she was built to naval standards. Four-berth cabins are normally only provided to senior-rates!(Jester)

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IMO 9183506 , Call Signal D5MU2 , Flag Liberia.
Class : China Classification Society.
Ship Type : Cruise Ship.
Dim : Loa / Lpp x Beam - 180.45 / 155.0 x 25.5 mtr.
Passenger Capacity : 920 Guests.
Officers & Crew Approx : 353 Members.
Built in 2000 by Blohm & Voss AG Hamburg Germany as " OLYMPIC VOYAGER " for Royal Olympic Cruise Ltd ( Olympic World Cruise Ltd Piraeus as manager ) Piraeus Greece.

Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 24.456 / 10.083 / 2.359.
Main Engine : Wärtsilä 8L46C - 4 x 12.852 bhp / 28.0 knots.

2001 Renamed " OLYMPIA VOYAGER ".
2004 Sold to Horizion Navigation Ltd ( V Ship Leisure SAM Monte Carlo Monaco as manager ) Nassau Bahamas,renamed " VOYAGER ".
2005 Sold/Transferred to Voyager Shipping Ltd ( Same manager ) Nassau Bahamas.
2006 Sold to Societa de Crociere Jupiter (Costa Crociere SpA Genova as manager) Genova Italy,renamed " GRAND VOYAGER ".
2008 Sold/Transferred to Grand Cruise Ship Unipessoal Ltd (Iberocruceros SL Madrid Spain as manager) Funchal Madeira.
2011 Sold to Grand Cruise Investment (Costa Crociere SpA Genova as manager) Genova Italy.
2011 Sold to Costa Crociere SpA (Same manager) Genova Italy.
2014 Sold to Bohai Cruise Co Ltd (Yantai Bohai Ferry International Ship Management Co Ltd Yuntai Shandong China as manager ) Monrovia Liberia,renamed " CHINESE TAISHAN ".




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