EPIROTIKI LINES PROFILE
Epirotiki Lines is a traditional shipping company with a proud and storied past. Her roots go back almost two centuries when in 1850 Anastasios Potamianos started transporting goods on barges along the Danube River.
He was joined by George Potamianos from Preveza, and together with their vessel Sacra Famiglia engaged in shipping transport.
Following the Liberation of Epirus from the Ottoman Empire the Potamianos Family adopted as its symbol the Golden Byzantine Cross that ever since adorns the funnels of its vessels.
In 1932 the eldest son of George Potamianos, Anastasios, assumed the leadership of the company and augmented its activities. During the Second World War the fleet was totally destroyed by German bombardments save for one vessel the “G.Potamianos” which served the British Government and allied forces.
In 1933 Epirotiki operated the first island cruises with the vessel Kimon, organized by the American Archaeologist Lloyd
Following the war Anastasios Potamianos bought three ships serving Greek Liner routes and in 1953 bought his first cruise ship, the Semiramis, which pioneered Greek Island Cruises.
In 1959-1960 Epirotiki started to operate with its ferry Pegasus the
Greece-Italy Route and in 1961 initiated
with the Hermes the Italy – Israel
Line from Venice to . Haifa
The ships Hermes, Pegasus, Atreus, played an important role in linking the mainland of
Greece with the transporting a large number of Greek
guest passengers. island of Cyprus
In 1964 Epirotiki was one of the first companies to operate Caribbean cruises with its legendary Argonaut, and 1966 pioneered cruises from
with its vessel Jason. Mexico
In 1969 the company’s Orpheus was acquired. The Argonaut started cruises in the Baltic Sea and the Fjords from Copenhagen, while 1970 the Orpheus started 3 years operation from Vancouver and Victoria to Alaska and Mexico.
Further vessels such as the Apollo, Jupiter, Neptune and Atlas were added to the fleet in 1970, 1971 and 1972 and thus Epirotiki became internationally one of the largest and highly esteemed passengers cruise ship companies.
In 1975 A. Potamianos passed away and his sons George and Andreas guided the company to further expansion with the cruise ships Oceanos, World Renaissance and Pegasus. Epirotiki’s ships were sailing the world over, pioneering Maya, Amazon, Orinoco, Red Sea and Round Africa cruises as well as voyages to South America destinations including
Patagonia. During the
90’s the company entered substantial
cooperative mergers with Carnival Cruises, Sun Line and Louis.
Epirotiki originally participated in designing the new building Olympic Voyager and Olympic Explorer, the fastest cruise ships in the world delivered 2000 and 2002 and were handed the award by Lloyd’s Cruise International as the most significant ships of the millennium.
Epirotiki operated in the United States and Mexico year – round cruises and in other countries Epirotiki also received an award from the USA Olympic Committee during the 2004 Olympic Games.
Andreas Potamianos has been President of the Greek Ship-owner Association for Passenger Ships for 23 years and since 2003 Honorary President. Also for the last 15 years and up to date has been President of the Greek-China Association contributing in developing friendly and business relations between the two countries.
We also deal with cargo vessels.
Epirotiki also introduced the one day cruise and operated 7 day, 4 day and 3 day cruises in
and longer cruises round the world. Greece
Now entering the Luxury Cruise Market, Epirotiki represents in
world’s most acclaimed cruise line Crystal Cruises, Pullmantur and Wamos as
well as other premium brand Lines. With this new move Epirotiki is in the
position to serve its discerning clientele by offering a wide spectrum of cruise
The company is first cruise vessel was operated in 1933.
We just enumerate a number of passengers and cargo ships operated before and after the Second World War.
Names of ships:
Tassos – George – Phokion – Petros – Helen – Popi Sacra Familia and others.
Voyager – Explorer – Everest – George Potamianos – World Renaissance – Atlas – Orpheus - Apollo – Hermes – Pindos – Semiramis – Pallas Athina – Oceanos
Ext. related Monarch – Nicolas – Ioli – Nefeli – Mistral
Eleni,- Aspasia – Atreus – Pegasos – Hermes 1 – Hermes 2 – Hermes 3 – Semiramis2 –
– Olympic Olympia
July 23, 2015