Last ship, on which you can cruise, that has
kept the lines of a traditional combined freighter/passenger liner of the
Loads of original wood paneling, parts of which under
white paint. Original: pub, main staircase. Still has the bell of the 'Tahitien'
of her French days on the unique raised head of the fordeck. The bridge
features the complete French equipment of the
Launched as TAHITIEN
4.1953 Delivery to
Maiden Voyage on the service Marseille-Martinique-Panama-Tahiti-New
Caledonia-New Hebrides-Sydney. Operated exclusively on this service together
with sister CALÉDONIEN.
Referendum on Tahiti secured the French government and thus the subsidized
French liner service.
roop accomodations converted to Third Class cabin accommodations.
Severe fire en route to Tahiti in the Pacific.
Messageries Maritimes' freighter MARQUISIEN took her in tow.
Sold to Aphrodite Cruises Ltd., Famagusta. Renamed ATALANTE.
Rebuilt as car ferry for 180 cars,
600 pass. 13.113 GRT. Service between Ancona- Patras under the label Mediterranean
Sun Line. Fully air-conditioned.
During Turkish occupation of Cyprus requisitioned by Greek government
for war service. Used to bring humanitarian aid to Cyprus after the military
Registered in Limassol. Ancona- Corfu- Patras- Katakolon- Piraeus- Kusadasi-
Patmos service. Also marketed as cruises.
Registered in Piraeus.
Chartered to Epirotiki with option to buy. Renamed HOMERICUS.
|End of 1991
Given back to Aphrodite Cruises. Renamed Atalante.
Transferred to Paradise Cruises Ltd., Limassol. Actual owner Mediterranean
Queen Lines.23 cabins added.
650 passengers (all berths occupied). 11923 GRT.
|Since 1993 2- and
3- day cruises to Israel and Egypt out of Limassol.
|July 2001 Accomodation
ship in Genoa at G8 summit.
|2003 and 2004
Used on longer Aegean cruises. Reportedly has the most varied on-board
in this market.
Ship is in service on short cruises out
of Limassol (Cyprus) and can be booked with:
38, Kitiou Kyprianou Str.
P.O. Box 50157