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Salamis Glory

Originally named Anna Nery she was built in Yugoslavia.
The Salamis Glory has the unusual history of having three bankruptcies in her past


By Arturo Paniagua Mazorra (photo of Joan J. Ferrer) (16-12-97)

Origins
The Brazilian owner Companhia de Navegacao Costeira signed a contract with two Yugoslavian yards in the late fifties for two passenger/cargo ships.
These ships and two other built in Spain were paid for with Brazilian coffee.
Anna Nery built by Brodogradiliste Uljanik was delivered 9/5/62. Rosa Da Fonseca built by Brodogradiliste Split was delivered November, 1962.
Both ships are 10.440 grt and have a modern profile. They have a big dummy funnel amidships, twin funnels aft and goal post forward.
The stern of the two Yugoslavian ships are built-up and don't reach the classic balance of the Spanish twins.
The main differences between the two sets of twin vessels is the location of the engines. They are aft in the Yugoslavian and midship in the Spanish.
Two B&W two stroke diesel engines of 3,000 kw are directly coupled to three blade propellers. On trials the ships reached 18 knots but their cruise speed was 17.
They are equipped with two forward holds and can transport 532 passengers in two classes, all in outside cabins. The ships are fully air-conditioned, stabilized and each class had its own swimming pool.
The interior decoration executed in Brazil after their delivery voyage was carried out with tropical motifs.

Their Brazilian Days
The Anna Nery arrived at Santos October 15, 1962. Some hours later she suffered an explosion in a boiler in the engine room. Repairs were carried out simultaneously with the decoration.
The Spanish twins were used exclusively in the coastal trade. But the Anna Nery and her sister were also sent on other routes.

Anna Nery's Big Demage
In the autumn of 1963 Anna Nery set sail to Haifa. During the return voyage she was broadsided by the Brazilian tanker Presidente Deodoro. She sustained extensive damage.
The repairs lasted more than a year and were carried out in Brazil and Denmark.
From 1965 until 1968 she was used in the route known as "Ponto Maritimo," between Rio de Janeiro and Santos.
In 1969 Anna Nery carried out only coastal voyages toward Manaos.
The following year she carried out four transatlantic voyages to Spain and Portugal, as well as cruises during the summer months.

The Early Seventies
Regular passenger lines were already in decline everywhere in the Seventies and Brazil was not the exception.
The competition of the airplane, the lack of marketing skill in order to manage the four sisters as cruise ships and a disastrous technical maintenance forced the merger of their owner with the state owned Lloyd Brasileiro in 1967. The Spanish twins were sold and the Anna Nery and her Yugoslavian sister suffered a seemingly endless series of mishaps and voyage cancellations.
In the early seventies the two ships carried out coastal voyages and cruises in the summer months.
However, the factors previously cited implicated the sale of the Anna Nery in 1978 after a ten month lay up in Rio de Janeiro due a major mishap.
Rosa da Fonseca was sold one year before for identical reasons.

In Mediterranean Waters
The buyer of the Anna Nery was the Greek owner Kavounides. His fleet operated under the Hellenic Cruises umbrella was composed by old second hand (but radically converted) cruise ships.
The Anna Nery was for a short time renamed Danaos. Following a three year lay up and a refit she was renamed Constellation in 1982. As the flagship of the new Greek "K" fleet.
The only change consisted of extending the promenade deck forward (in order to house a ball room) and aft (creating a new Lido zone around the former first class' pool).
Glass screens were added in the highest deck to convert it into a solarium. During their first "K" years she carried-out three and four-day cruises out of Piraeus to the Greek Islands and Turkey.
The kidnapping and death of an American passenger in 1985 on the Achille Lauro had a harmful effect on the Mediterranean cruise industry. The number of American passengers decreased dramatically. By 1986 "K" Line could only operate the Constellation.
In 1987 Kavounides was bankrupt. The fleet was laid up and Hellenic Ind. Development Bank became her new owner.

The Regent Collapse
The Constellation was inactive for four years.
Regent Spirit In 1992 she was purchased by the Greek owner A. Lelakis who had a fast growing fleet. She was renamed Morning Star and was deployed to the Pacific as a fleet mate to the Royal Pacific.
With the sinking of the Royal Pacific the Morning Star was quickly passed to the American branch, Regency Cruises, and renamed Regent Spirit under Bahamas registry.
She was refurbished and emerged as the small ship in the Regency's fleet. She did not have a forward goal post but featured 10 suites and 202 outside cabins (532 max. capacity).
From November 20th, 1993 the Regent Spirit cruised the land of the Maya in winter on seven-day sailings. Homeporting at Montego Bay she called at Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Cancun.
In summer the ship sailed the Mediterranean from Nice on seven-day round-trip cruises between the French and Italian rivieras.
However, the cruise world was taken by complete surprise when on November 7, 1995 Regency Cruises filed for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11.
Its six ships, all of them flying the Bahamas flag, were involved in the collapse.
The Regent Spirit had been seized on October 27th in Nice.

The Salamis Glory
In early 1996 she was offered for auction at a starting price of $7 million there were no buyers. At a second auction the price was reduced by half resulting in a bargain.
She was soon bought by Salamis Lines of Cyprus and renamed Salamis Glory. Salamis already owned the ferry Nissos Kypros. They cater to the British and European markets on cruises from Greek Cyprus to Egypt, Israel and the Greek Islands.
They compete with Louis Cruise Lines who pioneered the short cruises with the converted ferry Princess Marissa in 1986.
The Salamis Glory's 1997 cruise schedule has been the following: Wednesday to Friday, 2-day cruise to the Holyland (Limassol-Haifa); Friday to Sunday, 2-day cruise to Egypt (Limassol-Port Said); Sunday to Wednesday, 3 day combination cruise to Israel and Egypt (Limassol-Haifa-Port Said Limassol)

Her Decks
The ship has suffered few change from her former stages, she even preserves the decknames. The Card Room was replaced by a duty free store.
The Othello bar has been enlarged and occupies the old boutique area. The maximum capacity has risen to 600 people.
The 222 cabins (211 outside) are all air conditioned and fitted with shower or bath and W.C..
Cabins are housed in the Saturn, Diana, Minerva, Venus (which has a underutilized enclosed promenade deck and now doubles as a Winter Garden) and Olympus decks. The 28 suites and minisuites are located on the Venus deck and feature a separate sitting area, mini-bar, TV and video, bath and W.C. The ship also has five wheelchair accessible cabins.
All the cabins are comfortable, though bathrooms are very small.
The cabins lack closet and drawer space but are adequate for a short route. Almost all the publics rooms are located in the Atlantis deck.
Forward is the Salamina Lounge with a capacity of 240 people. Here every night live music and cabaret style spectacles are presented.
Towards the stern is the Otello Bar with it's relaxed atmosphere and the modest Casino Royale (with four tables and around forty slot machines). Nearby is the duty free shop and the library.
Aft is the two deck high Cafe Lido with big glass windows overlooking the swimming pool, cafe tables and the outdoor buffet on the lower level.
The minuscule pool is crowded when the ship is full. More sunbathing space is located on the highest deck (Uranus) which also houses a well equipped gym in the dummy funnel.
The wheel house and officer cabins are located on the Olympus deck.
Forward on the Mars deck is the Galaxias disco where passengers dance the night away.
The "L" shaped two sittings Byzantium dining hall has a 200 passenger capacity. It is located aft on the Minerva deck. Given a lot of windows it is arranged with tables for four and five people.

Conclusion
Salamis Glory is a pleasant and lovely vessel with a party ambiance on board. She is not a luxury ship lacking cabin service, dry cleaning service, etc.
She is unpretentious with a lot of the traditional facilities. The crew is friendly and accessible.
The ship is well maintained and clean.
Many people think that the Salamis Glory is the best bargain among Eastern Mediterranean routes because she is the only true cruise liner (not a converted ferry).
For these reasons the ship and her route are good value for money.
  
  

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