Orient Line's only ship, the Marco Polo,
will be chartered to Germany's Transocean Tours Touristik on a
long-term basis beginning in March 2008, according to a published
The shipping news
Web site Seatrade Insider said Friday that the Marco Polo would be
purchased by Greek buyers who would charter it to Transocean Tours
Touristik, based in Bremen, Germany, which operated the
848-passenger vessel in the 1970s.
As reported by
Travel Weekly, NCL Corp., which operates Orient Lines, said earlier
this month that the ship would be sold by its parent company Star
Cruises to an undisclosed buyer on March 23.
NCL said the
decision was based on its strategy to phase older ships out of its
fleets, while bringing on new, purpose-built Freestyle
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