The Happy Dolphin will homeport out of Istanbul, Venice and Athens, running week-long itineraries, with an announced deployment through October.
The ship is the ex-Delphin Voyager (ex- ORIENT VENUS) and was tied up in bankruptcy court last year with operator Hansa Kreuzfahrten. In December she was renamed Hainen Empress and sailed for China, where there rumors of a new start-up cruise line that ended up being a charter.
A statement from the company said it was targeting carrying 100,000 passengers per year.
The Gemini, which originally launched service as the Crown Jewel, started the year doing week-long cruises from Havana and Cozumel. In May she was scheduled to reposition to the Mediterranean but Happy Cruises will now send her to the Baltic, sailing week-long cruises out of Copenhagen and Tallin on traditional Baltic routes. The Gemini will also sail six week-long Norwegian fjord itineraries out of Copenhagen.
At press time, the Ocean Pearl was deployed in the Mediterranean with a season starting in late January and going through November, embarking passengers in Valencia on Sundays and Barcelona on Mondays. The itinerary includes stops in Villefranche, Livorno, Civitavecchia and Naples.