Grand Voyager

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Name: 2000-2004:Olympic Voyager
2004 onwards: Grand Voyager [1]
Owner: Iberocruceros[2]
Operator: 2000-2004: Royal Olympic Cruises
2004 onwards: Iberocruceros
Port of registry: Template:POR
Builder: Blohm + Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 961
Completed: 1999
Status: In Active Status as of 2010
General characteristics
Type: cruise ship
Tonnage: 24,391 GRT
Length: 180 ft (55 m)
Beam: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Decks: 6
Speed: 19.5 knots
Capacity: 836 Passengers
Crew: 360

MS Grand Voyager is a cruise ship sailing for Iberocruceros and was formerly owned by Royal Olympic Cruises.[3]

Ship history

Olympic Voyager was the first of two cruise ships in this class built for Royal Olympic Cruises. The second ship in this class Olympic Explorer entered service in 2001. This cruise line began operating in 1995 after the merger of two Greek lines, Epirotiki that had been founded in the mid 1800s and the Sun Line founded in 1957. Voyager and Explorer were Royal Olympic Cruises first new builds. They joined their fleet of five aging mid sized cruise ships. Explorer is slightly different from her sister ship as she had a few modifications made to her passenger decks, the most noticeable being, she has twice the amount of verandas as that on Voyager. These two ships are the fastest of all the new cruises ships built in recent years.[citation needed]

Both ships have 6 passenger decks, 1 pool, 6 bars, casino, fitness center, 420-seat entertainment lounge, 270 outside cabins, 126 inside cabins, can carry over 800 passengers and a crew of 360.

The main route for these ships was from Piraeus/Greece - Santorini, Alexandria/Egypt, Port Said for Cairo, Ashdod for Jerusalem, Rhodes/Greece, Istanbul and Kusadasi/Turkey, Mykonos/Greece and back to Piraeus. Both ships were also operated on Mediterranean cruises out of Venice and Barcelona and cruises between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles travailing around South America by the Cape of Good Hope.

Olympic Voyager and Explorer were both sold at auction in 2004 as ROC stopped operating after running into financial difficulties. Olympic Voyager has been chartered by the Spanish company Iberojet to be operated under the name Grand Voyager.[4]


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