Princess Daphne

Princess Daphne (formerly Ocean Monarch, Ocean Odyssey, Switzerland, Daphne, Akrotiri Express, Port Sydney)[1] was a medium-sized cruise ship. Her sister ship was Lisboa, built as Port Melbourne.

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Princess Daphne in Port of Kiel, in 2009
History
Name
  • Port Sydney (1954–1972)
  • Akrotiri Express (197?–197?)
  • Daphne (1975–1997)
  • Switzerland (1997–2003)
  • Ocean Monarch (2003–2005)
  • Hellenic Aid (2005)
  • Ocean Monarch (2005–2008)
  • Princess Daphne (2008–2014)
  • Daphne (2014)[5]
OwnerGolden Laurel Maritime[1]
Operator
  • Port Line (1954–1972)
  • Delian Cruises (1975–1978)
  • Lauro Lines (1978–1979)
  • Costa Cruises (1979–1990)
  • Prestige Cruises (1990-199?)
  • Leisure Cruises (1997–2001)
  • Majestic International Cruises (200?–200?)
  • Page & Moy (200?–200?)
  • Majestic International Cruises (200?–2007)
  • Monarch Classic Cruises (2007–2008)
  • Classic International Cruises (2008–2012)[3][4]
Port of registry
Yard number1827[2]
Launched29 October 1954
Completed1955
HomeportLisbon
Identification
FateScrapped in 2014
General characteristics
Length162.3 m (532.5 ft)[6]
Beam21.34 m (70.0 ft)[6]
Decks10 (7 for passenger use)[6]
Capacity530 passengers[7] in 231 cabins[6]

HistoryEdit

 
Daphné in 1992

She was built in 1955 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom as a freighter for the Port Line. Between 1972 and 1974, she was converted into a cruise ship at Chalkis Shipyard, Piraeus, Greece.[8]

Uniquely, she served as a hospital ship in Sri Lanka in 2005.[8]

 
Ocean Monarch in Kiel in 2008

It was announced on June 14, 2014 that the Princess Daphne had arrived in Alang India under the name Daphne for scrapping, following a voyage from the Cretan port of Souda, where she was laid up in September 2012. She was given back to the Patimanios brothers by the bank following the sale of the assets of Classic International Cruises' fleet in 2013. In early 2014, rumors began to circulate saying she was to return to service under the "Classic International Cruises" banner. These rumors were proven false when it was announced that she was sold to Indian scrap merchants. She was beached at Alang, India by July 1, 2014 and scrapping commenced soon after.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Princess Daphne". shipspotting.com. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  2. ^ Asklander, Micke. "M/S PORT SYDNEY (1955)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  3. ^ http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/ItalyDaphne.html#anchor65811
  4. ^ http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=4995
  5. ^ http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/ItalyDaphne.html#anchor65811
  6. ^ a b c d "The cruise vessel Ocean Monarch". Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  7. ^ Themelis, Michalis. "PASSENGER SHIP 530 PAX 162m". M.T.Y. Ships & Yachts Brokerage. Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  8. ^ a b Asklander, Micke. "M/S PORT SYDNEY". Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Daphne". maritimematters.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.

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