October 15, 2002
Royal Olympic's speedy Olympia Voyager -- it, along with sister ship Olympia Explorer are cruisedom's fastest with 28 knot capacities -- struck "rock or reefs" last week near Patmos and is laid up for repairs, according to Arne Egeland, executive director, North America. The incident occurred when the 836-passenger ship, sailing a Greek Isles itinerary, apparently swerved to avoid a yacht. No injuries were reported and passengers were transferred to Aegean I, a ship quickly leased by the company, to continue their cruise. Olympia Voyager will undergo repairs for three weeks before setting off, as scheduled, November 18, for its transatlantic repositioning. The ship will spend the winter based in Port Everglades and sailing the warmer climates of exotic Caribbean, along with Amazon and Orinoco River itineraries. In the meantime, passengers slated to sail on its final "warm weather" Greek Isles voyages will cruise on pinch hitter Olympia Countess, a member of the Royal Olympic fleet.