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In 10 Photos: Cruise Ships in Piraeus, Greece
A surprising number of ships call the Greek port of Piraeus home. Ferries of all shapes, sizes and ages shuttle back and forth and make this one of the liveliest ports for ship spotters. Here are my ten favorite photos of cruise ships in or around in Piraeus.
October 31, 2002 - I took this photo from the top floor of the Epirotiki building. From left to right: Epirotiki's pretty Jason, Royal Olympic's 1953-built Stella Solaris and Festival Cruises' The Azur. The only ship of the three surviving these days is The Azur. She is currently Mano Maritime's Royal Iris .
July 17, 2013 - Looking good in the setting sun is Explorer of Semester at Sea. Built in 2002 at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, she was designed as a high-speed cruise ship by Greek owners Royal Olympic Cruises and had a service speed of 28 knots which enabled her to visit an unprecedented number of Greek islands during a one-week cruise. After her stint as floating campus, she briefly sailed for Celestyal Cruises as Celestyal Odyssey and was reportedly sold to Chinese company Diamond Cruises for cruises out of Shanghai.
November 1, 2002 - The famous Stella Solaris was built in 1953 as the French passenger/cargo liner Cambodge . She was extensively rebuilt by new owners Sun Line in the seventies and has been cruising as Stella Solaris ever since. Only months after this photo was taken, the ship was sold to Indian breakers.
November 24, 2005 - Cruises in the Greek Isles is very much a seasonal business. Many Greek cruise operators used the winter to lay up and/or maintain their ships, resulting in a true "ShipParade" in the port of Piraeus. Pictured here are Thomson Destiny, Perla, Serenade and Aegean I.
July 8, 2006 - The start of a new week long cruise for SeaDream I for 100 guests.
November 24, 2005 - Laid up for winter is the beautiful Ausonia. She entered service in 1957 for Italy's Adriatica di Navigazione on liner voyages from Triest to Alexandria and Beirut. In 1979, she was rebuilt as cruise ship and she was quite successful in her new role. Her last owners were Louis Cruise Line, who ultimately renamed her Ivory. After a career of 53 years, she was broken up in India in 2010.
October 31, 2002 - Globe trotting Deutschland is shown making a rare appearance at Piraeus. The pinnacle of classic German style, the ship still has a very loyal following despite the bankruptcy of her original owners. She is now World Odyssey and she divides her time as a floating campus for students and cruise ship.
November 30, 2013 - Photographed from the decks of Holland America's Rotterdam is Louis Aura, seen laid up for the winter. This ship was once Norwegian Cruise Line's Starward and one of the pioneers of the Caribbean cruise trade.
November 1, 2002. Another Norwegian Cruise Line veteran is Triton. Ordered by Cunard for the booming Caribbean trade, she entered service in 1971 as Cunard Adventurer. Her Cunard career was short-lived and in 1977 she was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line and became their Sunward II. She was a success on 3/4 day cruises out of Miami to the Bahamas for well over a decade. In 1991, she was sold to Epirotiki Lines and renamed Triton. At the end of her career she became Coral for Louis Cruise Line. She was broken up in 2014.
September 29, 2008 - A shot of the immaculately maintained MSC Armonia leaving Piraeus.
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