FESTOS PALACE (ΦΑΙΣΤΟΣ ΠΑΛΑΣ)

-Minoan Lines

ex-MYKONOS PALACE (ΜΥΚΟΝΟΣ ΠΑΛΑΣ), also for Minoan Lines (2018-2020)

Built in 2002 (age 19). Registered in Heraklion. Current line: Piraeus-Heraklion

 

The cruiseferry FESTOS PALACE was the last of the four ships ordered by Heraklion-based company Minoan Lines between 2000 and 2002. She was completed in 2002 in Italy, as the EUROPA PALACE. She was deployed alongside her sister ship, the OLYMPIA PALACE, on the Patras-Igoumenitsa-

Ancona line on the Adriatic Sea. She operated successfully there, and remained until the arrival of the newly-built CRUISE OLYMPIA in 2010, whereupon she joined her sister ship on the Patras-Igoumenitsa-Venice line. Following the 2011 season, Minoan Lines closed the line, leaving both sister ships without an assigned area of service. The EUROPA PALACE was sent to operate as a third ship on the Patras-Igoumenitsa-Ancona line, while the OLYMPIA PALACE was laid-up in Perama. Though the company wanted to deploy them on the Piraeus-Chania line, they were instead chartered in 2012 to Italian company Tirrenia Di Navigazione, being renamed AMSICORA and BONARIA, respectively. Both ships were deployed on the Civitavecchia-Olbia-Arbatax line, where they remained until 2017. In 2018 both ships returned to Grimaldi Group. While the BONARIA was sold to Grimaldi Lines and became the CRUISE BONARIA, the AMSICORA rejoined Minoan Lines, being renamed MYKONOS PALACE, and was deployed on the Piraeus-Chania line. In 2019, following a conversion in Malta, she became the first-ever ship in the history of the Greek coastal service to receive scrubbers. In 2020, as part of the reshuffling of Minoan Lines' services in Crete, she was renamed FESTOS PALACE (becoming the second ship to ever have this name, after her fleetmate, the KYDON PALACE) and was deployed on the Piraeus-Milos-Heraklion line. The following year she started solely operating on the Piraeus-Heraklion line.

PHOTOS (2018, 2019, 2020):

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE in Piraeus, during her first-ever summer on the Piraeus-Chania line (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE in Piraeus, in her first summer back with Minoan Lines (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE docked in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE docked in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE docked in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE berthed in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE berthed in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE berthed in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen in Piraeus (8/2018).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE docked in Piraeus. Note her updated funnel, after she underwent her conversion in order to receive scrubbers. Picture taken by my mother, to whom I am extremely grateful (5/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen in Piraeus, with her newly-upgraded funnel, following the installation of the exhaust cleaning gas system. She became the first ferry in the history of the Greek coastal service to acquire it (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE docked in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE having just entered the port of Piraeus, after having arrived from Chania (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE having just entered the port of Piraeus, after having arrived from Chania (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE having just entered the port of Piraeus, after having arrived from Chania (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE preparing to undergo her maneuvering procedure in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE preparing to undergo her maneuvering procedure in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE preparing to undergo her maneuvering procedure in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE about to maneuver in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen maneuvering in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen maneuvering in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen maneuvering in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen maneuvering in the port of Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen maneuvering in the port of Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen maneuvering in the port of Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE having just docked in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE having just docked in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE having just docked in Piraeus (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE seen in Piraeus, shortly before her afternoon departure for Chania (7/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (8/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (8/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (8/2019).

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MYKONOS PALACE

The MYKONOS PALACE docked in Piraeus. This happened to be my last-ever picture of the ship under that name, as she was renamed FESTOS PALACE in 2020. The former FESTOS PALACE (who had that name from 2001 to 2020), one of her sister ships, was renamed KYDON PALACE (8/2019).

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FESTOS PALACE

My first-ever picture of the FESTOS PALACE under her new name, as she is seen in Piraeus (8/2020).

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FESTOS PALACE

The FESTOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (8/2020).

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FESTOS PALACE

The FESTOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (8/2020).

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FESTOS PALACE

The FESTOS PALACE resting in Piraeus (8/2020).

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FESTOS PALACE

A view of the FESTOS PALACE in Piraeus (8/2020).

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FESTOS PALACE

The FESTOS PALACE seen in Piraeus during the early morning (9/2020).

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FESTOS PALACE

The FESTOS PALACE seen in Piraeus during the early morning (9/2020).

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FESTOS PALACE

The FESTOS PALACE seen in Piraeus during the early morning (9/2020).