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Daphne
 
Port Sydney - Akrotiri Express - Daphne - Switzerland - (Ocean Odyssey?) - Ocean Monarch - Princess Daphne
 
 
The Danae and Daphne were built in 1955 as the fast cargo liners Port Melbourne and Port Sydney for Port Line's UK-Australia express service. They had a service speed of 17 knots, faster than most contemporary cargo ships. This made them suitable for conversion to passenger use and in 1972, both ships were sold to John Karras for conversion to car ferries, as Akrotiri Express and Therissos Express. However, the plans changed, and instead they were completely rebuilt as the up-market cruise ships Danae and Daphne, operated by Delian Cruises on lengthy (and expensive cruises). Daphne entered service in July 1975, but the venture was not a success, and both ships were offered for charter, Daphne sailing for Lauro Lines between 1978-1979. Both ships were then chartered by Costa Lines, and purchased outright in 1984.
 
In 1990, Danae and Daphne were transferred to Prestige Cruises, a joint venture between Costa Lines and Sovcomflot, receiving new funnel colours. Sovcomflot later pulled out of the agreement, and she returned to Costa. In 1996, for delivery in 1997, Daphne was sold to a Swiss company who renamed her Switzerland. She was managed by Leisure Cruises, and was largely owned by Swissair, who went bankrupt in 2001. Switzerland was sold soon afterwards to Majestic International Cruises who renamed her as the Ocean Monarch (after a possible period as Ocean Odyssey). She was chartered to Page & Moy, Hansa Kreuzfahrten and again Page & Moy. In 2004 she spent time in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, as a hospital ship for tsunami victims as the Hellenic Aid. After returning for another Page & Moy charter, there were plans to send her to New Orleans as a Hurricane Katrina relief ship. This fell through, and she was laid up in Eleusis Bay, whilst Majestic put her up for sale.
 
At this time there was dispute between Louis Cruise Lines and Golden Sun Cruises over the ownership of the Aegean I, the ship being taken over by the Greek courts until resolved. Golden Sun Cruises needed a replacement vessel for booked passengers, and took Ocean Monarch on charter. This proved surprisingly successful, and for 2007 Majestic are running her themselves, through new subsidiary Monarch Classic Cruises. In 2008 Ocean Monarch was sold to Classic International Cruises, joining her sister Princess Danae. It was announced that she would become the Princess Daphne, but for 2008 continued to run as Ocean Monarch.
 
Company names (Costa Lines/Cruising/Crociere etc) follow the usage on the card shown.
 
 
Summary of Name Changes:-
Port Sydney > Akrotiri Express > Daphne > Switzerland > (Ocean Odyssey?) > Ocean Monarch > Hellenic Aid > Ocean Monarch > Princess Daphne?
Port Melbourne > Therissos Express > Danae > Starlight Express > Baltica > Princess Danae
 
Ship Names on this Page:-
Daphne - Delian Cruises: 1975-1979
Daphne - Costa Cruises: 1979-1997
Switzerland - Leisure Cruises: 1997-2001
Ocean Monarch - Majestic International Cruises (Page & Moy/Hansa Kreuzfahrten charters): 2002-2004
Ocean Monarch - Majestic International Cruises (Monarch Classic Cruises): 2007-2008
Ocean Monarch - Classic International Cruises: 2008-
Port Sydney - Port Line: 1954-1972
Princess Daphne - Classic International Cruises: 2008-
Daphne - Prestige Cruises: 1990-199? (joint Costa/Sovcomflot)
 
Associated Pages:-
Princess Daphne - Classic International Cruises: 2008-
Danae - complete history of sistership
Princess Danae leaving Harwich - sequence of photos from May 1999
Classic International Cruises
Costa Line - Linea "C"
Portuguese Liners
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Daphne
 
Port Sydney - Akrotiri Express - Daphne - Switzerland - (Ocean Odyssey?) - Ocean Monarch - Princess Daphne
 
 
 
 
Port Sydney
(Port Line: 1954-1972)
 
The fast cargo liners Port Melbourne and Port Sydney for Port Line's UK-Australia express service. They had a service speed of 17 knots, faster than most contemporary cargo ships. This made them suitable for conversion to passenger use and in 1972, both ships were sold to John Karras for conversion to car ferries, as Akrotiri Express and Therissos Express. However, the plans changed, and instead they were completely rebuilt as the up-market cruise ships Danae and Daphne, operated by Delian Cruises on lengthy (and expensive cruises).
 
 
Port Lines official card of sister ship Port Melbourne, showing the original configuration of these ships.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daphne
(Delian Cruises: 1975-1979)
 
The Danae and Daphne were built in 1955 as the fast cargo liners Port Melbourne and Port Sydney for Port Line's UK-Australia express service. They had a service speed of 17 knots, faster than most contemporary cargo ships. This made them suitable for conversion to passenger use and in 1972, both ships were sold to John Karras for conversion to car ferries, as Akrotiri Express and Therissos Express. However, the plans changed, and instead they were completely rebuilt as the up-market cruise ships Danae and Daphne, operated by Delian Cruises on lengthy (and expensive cruises). Daphne entered service in July 1975, but the venture was not a success, and both ships were offered for charter, Daphne sailing for Lauro Lines between 1978-1979. Both ships were then chartered by Costa Lines, and purchased outright in 1984.
 
 
An official Delian Cruises card of Daphne, by Vita Nova, Holland.
 
 
An official Delian Cruises card of Daphne.
Scan: Rogerio Gouveia.
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Daphne
(Costa Cruises: 1979-1997)
 
The fast cargo liners Port Melbourne and Port Sydney were completely rebuilt as the up-market cruise ships Danae and Daphne, operated by Delian Cruises on lengthy (and expensive cruises). Daphne entered service in July 1975, but the venture was not a success, and both ships were offered for charter, Daphne sailing for Lauro Lines between 1978-1979. Both ships were then chartered by Costa Lines, and purchased outright in 1984.
 
 
Official Costa Linea card of sistership Danae, printed by AGIS, Genova.
 
 
Official Costa Linea card of sistership Danae, printed by AGIS, Genova.
 
 
An official Costa Crociere card of sistership Danae, printed by G.Martelli, Genova.
 
 
An official Costa Cruising card of Daphne, printed by G.Martelli, Genova.
 
 
An official Costa Crociere card of Daphne, printed by AGIS, Genova.
 
 
An official Costa Lines card of Daphne, printed by AGIS, Genova.
 
 
Chantry Classics postcard CC/S175 of Daphne at St Marten, and photographed by Wil Moojen.
 
 
CT Publishing postcard No.016 of Daphne at St Lucia, 1991, photographed by Richard Weiss.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daphne
(Prestige Cruises: 1990-199?)
 
A Prestige Cruises official card of Daphne, printed by G.Martelli, Genova, Ed '92.
 
 
A Prestige Cruises official card of Daphne, printed by G.Martelli, Genova, Ed '92.
 
 
Simplon Postcards serial number sc2062 of Daphne
Photo: Wil Moojen, North Sea Canal, June 1993
The card was released in March 1995.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Switzerland
(Leisure Cruises: 1997-2001)
 
In 1996 Daphne was sold to a Swiss company who renamed her Switzerland. She is managed by Leisure Cruises. From 2003 Switzerland was sailing as the Ocean Monarch for Majestic International Cruises, chartered to Page & Moy for much of the year.
 
 
A Leisure Cruises official card of Switzerland, ex-Daphne.
 
 
A much better Leisure Cruises official card of Switzerland, ex-Daphne, plus the card back with ship's stamp.
 
 
Ramsey Postcards serial no.102 of Switzerland.
 
 
Photograph of Switzerland in the North Sea Canal.
Photo: © Wil Moojen, 25th May 1997.
 
 
Photograph of Switzerland in the North Sea Canal.
Photo: © Wil Moojen, 20th June 1998.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ocean Monarch
(Majestic International Cruises - Page & Moy charter)
 
From 2003, Switzerland was sailing as the Ocean Monarch for Majestic International Cruises, chartered to Page & Moy and Hansa Kreuzfahrten. She was also used as medical ship Hellenic Aid in Sri Lanka.
 
 
Page & Moy publicity image of Ocean Monarch.
 
 
Majestic International postcard of Ocean Monarch.
 
 
 
Ocean Monarch at Dubrovnik.
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic
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Ocean Monarch at Dubrovnik.
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic
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Ocean Monarch at Dubrovnik.
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic
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Ocean Monarch at Dubrovnik.
Photo: © Neven Jerkovic
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Ocean Monarch
(Majestic International Cruises - Monarch Classic Cruises)
 
In 2007, Ocean Monarch runs 3- and 4-day cruises out of Piraeus, whilst Blue Monarch takes a 7-day circuit from the same port.
 
 
Monarch Classic Cruises image of Ocean Monarch.
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Monarch Classic Cruises 2007 brochure for Ocean Monarch and Blue Monarch.
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Ocean Monarch at Piraeus, with Perla of Louis Cruise Lines
Photo: © Tien-Lun Yao, 10th January 2007
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Ocean Monarch at Piraeus, with Perla of Louis Cruise Lines
Photo: © Tien-Lun Yao, 10th January 2007
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Ocean Monarch at Piraeus, with Perla of Louis Cruise Lines
Photo: © Tien-Lun Yao, 10th January 2007
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Ocean Monarch at Piraeus, with Perla of Louis Cruise Lines
Photo: © Tien-Lun Yao, 10th January 2007
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Ocean Monarch at Piraeus, with Perla, Ivory and Calypso of Louis Cruise Lines
Photo: © Tien-Lun Yao, 10th January 2007
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Ocean Monarch - Princess Daphne
(Classic International Cruises: 2008- )
 
In 2008 Ocean Monarch was sold to Classic International Cruises, joining her sister Princess Danae. It was announced that she would become the Princess Daphne, but for 2008 continued to run as Ocean Monarch. She then joined the Classic International fleet as Princess Daphne after the charter.
 
 
Ocean Monarch at Dubrovnik in Classic International colours (Portuguese flag)
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic, September 2008
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Ocean Monarch at Dubrovnik in Classic International colours
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic, September 2008
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Ocean Monarch at Dubrovnik in Classic International colours
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic, September 2008
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Ocean Monarch at Dubrovnik in Classic International colours
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic, September 2008
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Ocean Monarch at Dubrovnik in Classic International colours
Photo: © Ivo Batricevic, September 2008
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Princess Daphne arriving at Dover on 10th May 2011 - More images at Dover
Photo: 2011 Ian Boyle
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More Princess Daphne images at Dover




Princess Daphne arriving at Bergen, chartered by Ambiente Kreuzfahrten
Photo: Harry Rosvold 23rd August 2012
PRINCESS DAPHNE - Photo:  Harry Rosvold 23rd August 2012









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