May 6, 2002
Perhaps Royal Olympic Cruises didn’t realize how hot it gets in summer in Houston? In a case of pretty weird timing, Royal Olympic is, at virtually the last minute, shifting Olympia Voyager from Houston to Europe for the summer. The 836-passenger ship, which has been (and was slated to continue) sailing “Mayaribbean” itineraries (i.e. the Caribbean and Central America) year-round from Houston will instead begin a Eastern Mediterranean schedule. The last cruise out of Houston leaves on June 8. Throughout the summer, the ship will follow a classic Greece and Turkey itinerary (a 7-day roundtrip sailing from Athens (Piraeus) following the June 8 voyage. Ports of call include Istanbul, Kusadasi, Patmos, Mykonos, Rhodes, Heraklion and Santorini. Voyager will return to Houston for the “winter” season beginning November 24, 2002. Royal Olympic promises “new and even more exciting itineraries” including 16-and 19-day cruises to the Orinoco and the Amazon, along with the regular repertoire of 7-day “Mayaribbean” voyages.