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mv Aegean Odyssey

Former names: Aegean I, Dolphin, Aegean Dolphin, Alkyon, Narcis

mv Aegean Odyssey Review and Specifications

Specifications of mv Aegean Odyssey

Year built1973  /  Age : 46
Flag state Malta
BuilderSantierul Naval Galatz (Galati, Romania)
OwnerAegean Odyssey Maritime Co Ltd
OperatorRoad Scholar Cruises
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)141 m / 463 ft
Beam (width)20 m / 66 ft
Gross Tonnage11563 gt
Passengers350 - 396
Crew180
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks8
Cabins216
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesAegean I, Dolphin, Aegean Dolphin, Alkyon, Narcis

Review of mv Aegean Odyssey

MV Aegean Odyssey cruise ship was last operated/chartered by Voyages to Antiquity – a small (one-ship) company founded in 2009. The liner was originally built (in 1973) as a ferry (Zim ro-ro ferry Narcis) and in 1988 converted to a cruise vessel. Its second major drydock refit/reconstruction was in 2010.

NEWS: In late-August 2019 was announced that Aegean Odyssey will be 3-year chartered to Road Scholar (fka Elderhostel). The 1975-founded, Boston MA-headquartered nonprofit organization specializes in study tours (throughout Canada and USA) with 5500+ educational programs which are geared mainly to older travelers. The ship will be chartered by Road Scholar for cruises (educational voyages) scheduled between April 2020 and April 2023.

History - construction and ownership

The 388-passenger liner Aegean Odyssey is a classically elegant vessel offering its passengers a relaxed travel atmosphere and high level of personalized service.

Aegean Odyssey cruise ship

In early-August 2019, the ship charterer Voyages to Antiquity (one of the industry's small cruise lines) officially announced that the company ceases operations at the end of October (2019). Earlier in 2019, Voyages to Antiquity was forced to cancel ten Aegean Odyssey cruises due to engine problems. 2019's final 4 voyages remained on schedule. In a letter, Jos Dewing (company's Managing Director) said:

“Since the announcement [of chartering the ship] was made, the executive management at Voyages to Antiquity has been looking at various alternative options to continue the company and serve our loyal clients. However, this process was severely impacted by the unforeseeable engine failure that occurred in April this year, forcing the company to cancel most of our remaining 2019 summer cruises. While we are pleased to advise that the ship has now been fully repaired and that the final four cruises of the 2019 season will go ahead as scheduled, this serious issue has had an impact on the future plans for Voyages to Antiquity and repairing the ship has been the absolute priority for management and the focus of the company during this difficult period. It is therefore with regret that we have taken the difficult decision to close Voyages to Antiquity at the end of October 2019, at which point our office in Oxford will also close. It is very much business as normal until this point and we have staff answering calls and supporting those passengers still traveling with us in 2019."

Cruise itinerary program

Aegean Odyssey itinerary program is based on the Canary Islands and Mediterranean cruises departing from Rome, Venice, Athens, Istanbul, as well as Asia cruises sailing out of Singapore. Aegean Odyssey is perfectly suited for cruising to the smallest Mediterranean inlets that larger cruise ships can’t reach. She also navigates the great Asian rivers, including Saigon and Yangon, as well as Guadalquivir River in Spain.

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Cabins

There are seven passenger decks on mv Aegean Odyssey. The total number of cabins is 198, in 14 grades, of which 6 are Suites, 42 - Balcony rooms, and 41 Inside. The additional works in 2013 created new 18 outside cabins on the Lido Deck. 57 of the existing staterooms were rebuilt, and 80 additional were reconfigured into 40 staterooms with private balconies.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The open-seating Marco Polo Restaurant is the main dining room aboard Aegean Odyssey. The Terrace Café features a combination of outdoor and indoor seating, with Mediterranean sophisticated interior design, as well as cooking on the open grill. In the evenings, the Tapas recreates the informal atmosphere of a bistro with delicious seafood paella and a wide range of Italian pizzas.

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Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Observation Lounge and Piano Bar are situated on the Observation Deck and feature unforgettable views on all sides. In this area, the wireless internet connection is offered. During the 2013 refit, the Athena Health Spa was moved several levels lower. Other amenities include the Lido Bar (2-deck), Ambassador Lounge, Charleston Lounge, Fitness Studio & Gym (featuring free daily sunrise classes), Beauty Salon, library, boutique, pool and Internet Centre.

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MS Aegean Odyssey was the only liner operated by Voyages to Antiquity (2009-founded small cruise company). The vessel was originally built as Ro-Ro cruiseferry Narcis (converted to a cruise ship in 1988). It was built under yard number 617. Its construction started on June 18, 1971. The vessel was launched (floated out from drydock) on June 18, 1972, and delivered to Zim Navigation on August 22, 1973.

In 2010, the ship was renamed "Aegean Odyssey" following an extensive drydock-refit project done in Ermoupoli (on Syros Island, Greece). Vessel's passenger capacity was reduced from 570 to 400, in order to provide larger cruise staterooms. During the refurbishment, the cinema was replaced with a lecture hall and also new dining venues were added. The inaugural cruise for Voyages to Antiquity departed on April 30, 2010. As shipowner was registered the Piraeus-based company Samos Maritime Co Ltd (later changed to The Aegean Experience Maritime Co Ltd).

Fun fact is, that the cruise ship can pass through Corinth Canal (only 70 ft / 21,4 m wide at its base). On all Aegean Odyssey cruises is complimentary provided an expert lecture program led by renown guest speakers.

During its service, the vessel was operated under the names Narcis ferry (1973-1985, by Zim Navigation), Alkyon (1985-1986, by Dolphin Hellas Shipping), Aegean Dolphin (1986-1996, by Dolphin Hellas Shipping), Aegean I (1996-2010, by Golden Sun Cruises) and Aegean Odyssey (since 2010, by Aegean Experience Maritime Co Ltd, in 2016 renamed to "Aegean Odyssey Maritime Co Ltd").

Aegean Odyssey's last Voyages to Antiquity cruises

Next tables show ship's last itineraries for Voyages to Antiquity (defunct since October 2019).

24-day London to Rome

Date / TimePort
14 Aug 17:00Departing from London Tilbury, England
15 Aug 18:00 - 16 Aug 20:00Rouen, France
17 Aug 08:00 - 13:00Honfleur, France
19 Aug 07:00 - 13:00La Rochelle, France
20 Aug 01:00 - 21 Aug 10:30Bordeaux, France
22 Aug 13:00 - 18:00Donostia-San Sebastian, Pasajes, Spain
24 Aug 07:00 - 18:00La Coruna, Spain
25 Aug 13:00 - 18:00Porto-Leixoes, Portugal
26 Aug 10:00 - 16:00Lisbon, Portugal
27 Aug 14:00 - 18:00Cadiz, Spain
28 Aug 07:00 - 22:00Malaga, Spain
30 Aug 08:00 - 18:00Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Spain
31 Aug 08:00 - 19:00Barcelona, Spain
01 Sep 08:00 - 20:00Port-la-Nouvelle, France
02 Sep 07:00 - 03 Sep 08:00Marseille, France Riviera
03 Sep 20:00 - 04 Sep 22:00Monte Carlo, Monaco
05 Sep 08:00 - 13:00Portofino, Italy Riviera
06 Sep 07:00 - 19:00Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy
07 Sep 07:00Arriving in Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy

22-day Rome to Athens

Date / TimePort
07 Sep 19:00Departing from Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
08 Sep 08:00 - 10 Sep 07:00Sorrento, Italy
10 Sep 13:00 - 20:00Salerno, Italy
11 Sep 13:00 - 20:00Giardini-Naxos, Taormina, Sicily Italy
13 Sep 07:00 - 12:00Corfu Island, Kerkyra, Greece
13 Sep 14:00 - 20:00Sarande, Albania
14 Sep 07:00 - 20:00Brindisi, Italy
15 Sep 08:00 - 19:00Dubrovnik, Croatia
16 Sep 07:00 - 20:00Split, Croatia
17 Sep 08:00 - 20:00Ancona, Italy
18 Sep 08:00 - 20 Sep 19:00Venice, Italy
21 Sep 08:00 - 20:00Ancona, Italy
22 Sep 08:00 - 22:00Split, Croatia
23 Sep 07:00 - 13:00Korcula Island, Korcula, Croatia
23 Sep 18:00 - 24 Sep 12:00Dubrovnik, Croatia
25 Sep 08:00 - 19:30Sarande, Albania
26 Sep 07:30 - 13:00Katakolon, Olympia, Greece
26 Sep 18:30 - 27 Sep 20:00Pylos, Greece
28 Sep 07:00 - 12:00Monemvasia, Greece
28 Sep 17:00 - 23:59Hydra Island, Greece
29 Sep 07:00Arriving in Piraeus-Athens, Greece

8-day "Classical Greece and Islands of the Aegean"

Date / TimePort
29 Sep 20:00Departing from Piraeus-Athens, Greece
30 Sep 08:00 - 12:00Delos Island, Greece
30 Sep 14:00 - 20:00Mykonos Island, Greece
01 Oct 08:00 - 23:59Heraklion, Crete, Greece
02 Oct 07:00 - 22:00Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
03 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Karpathos Island, Greece
04 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Nisyros Island, Greece
05 Oct 07:00 - 16:00Rhodes Island, Greece
06 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Santorini Island, Greece
07 Oct 06:00Arriving in Piraeus-Athens, Greece

8-day "Classical Greece and Islands of the Aegean"

Date / TimePort
07 Oct 20:00Departing from Piraeus-Athens, Greece
08 Oct 08:00 - 12:00Delos Island, Greece
08 Oct 14:00 - 20:00Mykonos Island, Greece
09 Oct 08:00 - 23:59Heraklion, Crete, Greece
10 Oct 07:00 - 22:00Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
11 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Karpathos Island, Greece
12 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Nisyros Island, Greece
13 Oct 07:00 - 16:00Rhodes Island, Greece
14 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Santorini Island, Greece
15 Oct 06:00Arriving in Piraeus-Athens, Greece

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