The cruise ferry CRUISE OLYMPIA of MINOAN LINES, departs Ancona for Patras, the ship is the newest of the current fleet and displays just over 54.000 G.T., she was introduced in 2010, her sister ship the CRUISE EUROPA operates on the same route and came into service one year earlier. Photos 28.5.2016
"AURELIA" is a ferry owned by TIRRENIA and operated on the Ancona to Split route by SNAV, she debuted in 1980, the ship went into massive conversions in 2002 and 2003, decks 10 and 11 were totally modified in order to accommodate first class cabins, for her volume, just over 14.000 G.T., she has a very high passenger capacity nearing 2200, she can transport 650 vehicles, it was really good to meet the ship for the first time last weekend and see her sailing almost to full capacity on the Saturday 20.15 sailing to Split in Croatia, she gets at her destination about 7am, the following morning, cruising at about 14 to 15 knots, just to appreciate the transformation from new, when built she was less than 10.000 G.T. with capacity for only 1000 passengers and 450 vehicles.
"OLYMPIC CHAMPION" owned and operated by ANEK LINES departing the Italian Port of Ancona, the ship links the Italian city with Igoumenitsa and Patras, she is a very fast cruise ferry with a top speed of 32 knots, built in Norway by FOSEN MEK and displays just over 32.000 G.T., the ship has capacity for 670 vehicles and 1850 passengers, she was built in 2000, the first of two super cruise ferries for ANEK, her sister ship is the HELLENIC SPIRIT, delivered in 2001. Both ships are among the most beautiful cruise ferries I have seen, they have a very sleek profile with a distinctive and original funnel. Photos at Ancona, 28.5.2016