Welcome to the Corinthian

Feb 1, 2003
Author: P&S

One of the little mysteries surrounding cruise ship calls to southern Africa during the summer of 2002/2003 is that of a planned visit by a small Greek-operated cruise ship named Corinthian, carrying a maximum of 96 passengers.

There has been no publicity about the ship’s visit and little is known about her, at least locally. For this reason only Corinthian may well turn out to be one of the more interesting arrivals of the year.

The only facts available to the local agent, Barwil Worldwide is that Corinthian is 88.6m long, has a beam of 14m and was built in Germany in 2002. She is owned or operated by a company named Helios Shipping.

The only listed Corinthian is a 90-passenger former research ship of about 60m in length, which was built originally for research purposes in Alaskan waters and subsequently (in 1992) refurbished for cruising among the Galapagos Islands, where so far as we know she remains stationed. The refurbishment reduced the ship’s current capacity to a maximum of 48 passengers catered for in 27 staterooms or cabins.

The thought of that little ship cruising the eastern seaboard of Africa seemed rather incongruous.

The more modern Corinthian is due to arrive in Durban on 9 February and Richards Bay the following day.

It is not known at this stage what other ports the ship may call at, but watch this space.

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