Report: Transocean to operate Marco Polo in 2008

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 report.

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 ships.

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