SeaJets reported to be looking into cruise ship expansion

Greek ferry operator SeaJets has acquired former Carnival Cruise Line ship Magellan (IMO 8217881) at auction after the bankruptcy of Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) earlier this year, reported Tradewinds and CruiseRadio.

SeaJets purchased the 1,452-passenger vessel , which first entered service in 1985 as one of the first purpose-built ships for Carnival as the Holiday, at auction for $3.4m.

In 2009 Carnival transferred the vessel to their Spanish affiliate IberoCruceros, who sailed it as the Grand Holiday. When IberoCruceros ceased operations in 2014, the ship was transferred to CMV and renamed the Magellan.

SeaJets is better known for operating a seasonal ferry service between several Greek islands. Prior to 2020 it sailed 14 high-speed ferries and 3 traditional ferry boats.

However, this year, with the global cruise industry ravaged by the impact of Covid-19, several lines have either decided to or been forced to sell ships in order to maintain liquidity. SeaJets appears to have taken advantage of a buyers’ market by acquiring six cruise ships.

As well as the Magellan, SeaJets was reported to have purchased:

  • Columbus (IMO 8611398), built in 1988 as Princess Cruises’ Star Princess
  • Aegean Majesty (IMO 9102992), built as Holland America Line’s Veendam in 1996
  • Aegean Myth (IMO 8919257), built in 1993 as the Maasdam for Holland America Line
  • Aegean Goddess (IMO 8919269), built as Holland America Line’s Ryndam in 1994 and still listed with Equasis as the Pacific Aria. In November 2019, P&O Cruises Australia announced the sale of Pacific Aria to CMV, with cruise holidays scheduled to begin in May 2021 under the name Ida Pfeiffer, which now will never be seen under sailing conditions. The two lines agreed to a formal transfer of ownership in Singapore on May 2nd. However, on July 20th this year CMV was placed in administration and subsequently shut down operations.
  • Queen Of Oceans (IMO 9169950), the 2000 Princess Cruises ship originally known as Ocean Princess and last known as the Oceana.

SeaJets owner Marios Iliopoulos appears to be planning to expand SeaJets beyond ferries and into the full-service cruise industry, but no public announcements have been made. Given the current Covid-19 situation, this is perhaps not surprising.

1985-built, Bahamas-flagged, 46,052 gt Magellan is owned by Epic Cruise Ltd care of manager V Ships Leisure SAM of Monaco-Ville, Monaco.

1989-built, Bahamas-flagged, 63,786 gt Columbus is owned by Carnival PLC of Southampton, UK, and is managed by V Ships Leisure of Monaco-Ville, Monaco. It had been entered with Steamship Mutual, but is no longer listed with them.

1996-built, Bermuda-flagged, 57,092 gt Aegean Majesty is owned by Mediterranean Dream Inc care of manager Optimum Shipmanagement Services SA of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with American Club on behalf of Mediterranean Dream Inc.

1993-built, Bermuda-flagged, 55,575 gt Aegean Myth is owned by Mediterranean Majesty Inc care of Optimum Shipmanagement Services SA of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with American Club  on behalf of Mediterranean Majesty Inc.

1994-built, UK-flagged, 55,877 gt Pacific Aria was owned by Carnival of Southamption and managed by Carnival Australia. It had previously been entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club, and is currently still listed with UK Club as being entered on behalf of Carnival PLC trading as P&O Cruises Australia.

Queen of Oceans (still listed in Marine Traffic as the Oceana) is a 77,499 gt Passenger Ship that was built in 2000 (20 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Bermuda. It recently arrived at Patra, Greece, having sailed from Southampton, UK.