Orient Lines is adding a newly acquired vessel to its current two-ship fleet. The 36,000-ton, 626-passenger Ocean Voyager will officially join the Orient Lines lineup next May; christening takes place in Istanbul.
The ship, built in 1982 and now sailing in Asia as SuperStar Aries for Star Cruises, Orient Lines' (and sister company Norwegian Cruise Lines) parent, the ship will undergo the usual renovations before being transferred. Ocean Voyager will take over longer cruises for Orient, ranging from 25- to 68-day trips, not to mention the line's first World Cruise, which departs Fort Lauderdale on January 9, 2003.
The ship offers a couple of novelties for Orient. It's got a self-serve laundromat (the other ships do not) and will overnight in key ports on a regular basis. Other highlights include a handful of cabins designed for singles (which eliminates for solo travelers the need to pay a hefty single supplement fee), 83 percent outside cabins, and all are equipped with television/VCR combos. There are 20 suites with balconies.
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