Athena was originally built as a trans-atlantic ocean liner. In 1994 the vessel changed owernship and was virtually stripped to her hull and reconstructed and restored, for an amazing cost of USD150 million, as a beautiful, premium-rated contemporary cruise ship. With a handsome profile and a traditional walkaround promenade deck Athena is a small to medium-sized cruise ship by today’s standards. She carries about 550 passengers and offers a wide selection of well-appointed public lounges and comfortable cabin accommodation spanning eight passenger decks, serviced by two lifts.


  • Buffet for breakfast and lunch
  • 2 restaurants


  • Main Lounge showlounge
  • Stage performers
  • 3 bars

Onboard Activities

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Library
  • Card room
  • Duty free
  • Hairdresser

Ship facts

Ship Details
Gross Tonnage 16,144 tonnes
Star Rating 3 Star
Size/Style of Ship Mid-Size/Standard
Entered Service Feb 1948 Rebuilt 1994 / Refurbished 2004
Registry Portugal
Former Name Caribe, Valtur Prima
Length 160 metres
Beam 21 metres
Draft 7 metres
Propulsion/Propellers diesel (14,500kW)/2
Maximum Cruising Speed (knots) 16
Passenger Capacity (twin) 556
Crew 280
Nationality of Officers European
Nationality of Crew International
Total Cabins 278
Total Inside cabins 48
Total Outside cabins 230
Cabin/Suites with Balcony 8
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 0
Passenger Decks 7
Cabin Electricity 122v
Elevators 2
Self-Service Laundry No
Onboard Currency (subject to change) Australian Dollars