“AEGEAN ODYSSEY” BRINGS WELCOME TOUCH OF GREECE TO GLOOMY BRISTOL CHANNEL

“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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