KEFALONIA (ΚΕΦΑΛΟΝΙΑ)

-Levante Ferries

ex-NISSOS KEFALONIA (ΝΗΣΟΣ ΚΕΦΑΛΟΝΙΑ) for Kefalonian Lines (2013-2018)

Built in 1975 (age 46). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: Patras-Ithaca-Kefalonia-Kyllini

 

The conventional ferry KEFALONIA is undoubtedly the greatest ship that has ever operated on the Ionian Sea. In her 25 years of service, she has won the hearts of many Ionian Sea residents and tourists alike, and she continues to provide excellent service even today. She was built in Japan in 1975 as the VENUS for the company Higashi Nihon Ferry. She spent her first 20 years there, operating first on the Hachinohe-Tomakomai line. She then moved to the Aomori-Hakodate line in 1979, before then heading to the Aomori-Muroran line in 1987. She was purchased by Strintzis Lines in 1995. She was renamed KEFALONIA, underwent a major conversion in Perama, and entered service on the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca line, where she would go on to experience a lot success for the next 15 years. Strintzis Lines was transferred to Attica Group and became Blue Star Ferries in 2000. The KEFALONIA nevertheless remained on her usual service. She initially operated under the Blue Ferries division, before beginning to operate under the Blue Star Ferries brand in 2004. Later in that same year she was bought by the newly-established company Strintzis Ferries. She remained on the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca line until 2011, when she switched operations with her fleetmate, the EPTANISOS. As a result, she began service on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line. Strintzis Ferries however ceased operations in 2012, and both the EPTANISOS (now the FAST FERRIES ANDROS of Fast Ferries) and the KEFALONIA were laid-up in Drapetsona. The KEFALONIA was detained for 16 months, with many rumours of her being sold for scrap. However, in 2013, to the Greek coastal service's joy, the ship was bought by the newly-established company Kefalonian Lines. She was renamed NISSOS KEFALONIA and was deployed on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line.In the end of 2013 she also started to operate on the Kyllini-Zakynthos line and on the Kyllini-Kefalonia-Ithaca line, operating on the latter only from 2013 to 2015. From 2016 to 2017, she was solely deployed on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line. In late 2017, she combined her operations on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line with the re-opening of the line where she had been acclaimed in the past: the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca line. She was therefore deployed on the new Patras-Ithaca-Kefalonia-Kyllini line. After the 2018 season, she was sold to Levante Ferries and was again renamed KEFALONIA following a major upgrade in Drapetsona. She then resumed service under her new owners on the Kyllini-Zakynthos line and on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line. In 2020 she returned to the Patras-Ithaca-Kefalonia-Kyllini line.

 

PHOTOS (2013, 2014, 2016, 2019):

 

 

 

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA in Kyllini during her first season under Kefalonian Lines (7/2013).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA entering the port of Kyllini (7/2014).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The legendary NISSOS KEFALONIA maneuvering in Kyllini (7/2014).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The legendary NISSOS KEFALONIA maneuvering in the port of Kyllini (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The legendary NISSOS KEFALONIA maneuvering in the port of Kyllini (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The legendary NISSOS KEFALONIA maneuvering in the port of Kyllini (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA ready to dock in Kyllini (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA ready to dock in Kyllini (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA ready to dock in Kyllini (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA docking in the port of Kyllini (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA having just docked in Kyllini (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA having just docked in Kyllini (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA in Kyllini (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA having just exited the port of Kyllini and heading to Kefalonia (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA having just exited the port of Kyllini and heading to Kefalonia (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA during her early morning departure to her namesake island (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

A former Japanese ferry next to the 'Rising Sun': A beautiful photo of the NISSOS KEFALONIA next to the Kyllini sunrise (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA heading towards Kefalonia (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA heading towards Kefalonia (7/2016).

NISSOS KEFALONIA
NISSOS KEFALONIA

The NISSOS KEFALONIA heading towards Kefalonia (7/2016).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA seen resting in Zakynthos. This is my first-ever picture of the ship under her new name (which she also used to have from 1995 to 2013) and her new owners, Levante Ferries (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The legendary KEFALONIA seen in Zakynthos, in her first season under Levante Ferries (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA in Zakynthos, in her first season under her new name and new owner (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA seen approaching the island of Zakynthos (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA about to enter the port of Zakynthos (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA having just entered the port of Zakynthos (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA maneuvering in Zakynthos (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA having just docked in Zakynthos (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA seen resting in Zakynthos (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA seen resting in Zakynthos (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA seen resting in Zakynthos (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA seen in the port of Zakynthos (7/2019).

KEFALONIA
KEFALONIA

The KEFALONIA seen in the port of Zakynthos (7/2019).