“Aegean Odyssey” makes her way out into the Bristol Channel

Passing Penarth Pier this afternoon  was the luxury cruise ship Aegean Odyssey after spending a few hours in Cardiff Docks.

No one can remember any cruise ship calling at Cardiff for such a short time. This ship was came in on this morning’s early high-tide and departed on the next at lunchtime  – a turn- around just about as fast as the coal cargo ships which used to load coal at Penarth Docks.

Aegean Odyssey probably made the shortest-ever stop-over in Cardiff Docks (Photo John Clark)

Aegean Odyssey passing Penarth Pier this afternoon (Photo Robert Pickford)

The ship arrived in Cardiff just after 02:00 this morning – leaving just enough time for her passengers to indulge in some rapid souvenir buying before setting out on the next leg of her cruise – destination Falmouth.

The ship was originally built in 1973 as a “roll-on – roll-off” ferry but was converted into a cruise ship in 1988

She was bought by a new cruise company ‘Voyages to Antiquity’ in 2009  and initially operated summer cruises aroujnd the Greek islands  – so today, weathering the grey and rainy Bristol Channel was very much a change of scene for her.

Passengers at the bar toasting a farewell to Wales


The 12,000 ton ship is heading back to the Mediterranean later this month

She accommodates only 380 passengers – giving everyone on board plenty of space and facililties and will be heading back to the warmer waters of  Mediterranean later this month .

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