Tuesday, February 01, 2011

OLVIA ex-KARELIYA in Lisbon

Ukranian cruise ship OLVIA photographed in Lisbon on 26 July 1998 while cruising for the Russian market under charter to Primexpress.
Built in Finland as the fifth and final ship of the BYELORUSSIYA-class, OLVIA was delivered in 1976 from the Turku yard of Wartsila as KARELIYA. Between 1982 and 1989 she sailed under the name LEONID BREZHNEV reverting to her original name in 1989. She was renamed OLVIA in 1998 operating for several cruise operators and for Peace Boat of Japan. In 2004 she was sold to gambling interests of Hong Kong and started a new career as the casino ship NEPTUNE, her name being changed to CT NEPTUNE between April 2005 and February 2006 when again she reverted to the previous name NEPTUNE. Under this name she is still in gambling cruise service Based in Hong Kong, China. All her sisters have had also checkered careers worldwide and still exist.
See another photo of OLVIA here. See several of OLVIA's former Soviet fleet mates here and also there.
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