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Long Island, NY, USA
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Joined Nov 2003
Welcome aboard!

CTC, as a company, disappeared after their charter of SOUTHERN CROSS ended in 1997.

The SOUTHERN CROSS went to Festival Cruises (also now defunct) as FLAMENCO and now is with the Spanish cruise line Travelplan as NEW FLAMENCO.

KARELIYA later became OLVIA and is now the gambling ship NEPTUNE out of Hong Kong.
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Joined Mar 2007
Thanks Doug for your help.I worked on both , was on the Karaliya when it got arrested then flew back to close down the Southern cross. thanks again for your help .
NSW Australia
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Joined Dec 2009
Originally posted by wozstock
hi all im newbie to this can anyone tell me what happened to the southern cross or m v karelia
CTC Cruises Sydney office closed it's doors in May 1996 and on the 8 October 1997 CTC Cruises London office closed it's office in 1 Regent St London.

The Southern Cross became the Flamenco owned by a Greek company and was painted white. The Kareliya also had a name change and various companies. I worked on both these ships and I have many happy memories of them both.

Annette Westwood
Bergen op Zoom Netherlands
21 Posts
Joined Oct 2016
the soul of CTC Cruise Lines lives on!

Former Manager of CTC Lines, London, formed Cruise & Maritime Voyages in UK - offer sucessfully Cruises from Europe and Australia and Line Voyages Europe - Australia and back - every winter and spring.
Also Transcocean Tours belong to the mother group of CMV

Fleet 2017
Marco Polo ex Alexandr Pushkin
Magellan ex Holiday
Astoria ex Stockholm
Astor ex Astor
new 06/2017 Columbus ex Sitmar FairMajesty

Bon Voyage
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as a child:

"Australis" 1971 ~ "Ellinis" 1971 ~ "Irpinia" 1976

as an adult:
"Mikhail Lermontov" 1979 ~ "Maxim Gorkij" 1981 ~ "IvanFranko" 1985 ~ "Fedor Shalyapin" 1986 ~ "Stefan Batory" 1987 ~ "Italia Prima" 1995 ~ "Astra II" 1995 ~ "Costa Playa" 1996 ~ "Splendour of the Seas" 1997 ~ "Costa Tropicale" 2004 ~ "Color Magic" 2007

& numerous Cruise Ferries in UK and Scandinavian Waters