Very few new vessels of this size have been constructed in an era that favors the economics of mega-ships carrying multitudes in the thousands.
The EXPLORER proves a happy exception to this rule, with a perfectly sized maximum capacity of 836 passengers on a ship of 24,318 gross tons.
Both companies specialized in cruises throughout the Greek Islands and Eastern Mediterranean.
The founding families took the company public in 1998 raising million while still retaining control of 51% of the shares.
The winning suitor turned out to be Louis Cruise Lines of Cyprus which gained a 40% stake in Royal Olympic including all of the portion that had once been Sun Line.The early history of this technologically advanced ship was not without its share of pain and disappointment.Going back a little farther, Royal Olympic Cruise Lines, ROC, was founded in 1995 by the merger of “The White Ships of Epirotiki” with “The Blue Ships of Sun Line.” All of their combined ships were second-hand tonnage, many dating back to the 1950’s and ‘60’s.The infusion of cash allowed the company to continue operations and importantly the building of the new ships that were desperately needed if the line was going to remain competitive.The first ship, OLYMPIC VOYAGER, was delivered during June, 2000, in time for the busy summer season.Blohm & Voss yard number 962 was now a ship at sea.