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.
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.
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 .