Pericles Panagopoulos

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Pericles Panagopoulos (born 1935) is a Greek shipping magnate. In 1972 in partnership with Barney Ebsworth he formed Royal Cruise Line. The m/s Golden Odyssey was the company's first cruise ship. Built in Helsingor Shipyard and delivered in 1974, she was designed to carry 450 passengers as this was the capacity of the 747 Jumbo Jet airplane. The company grew with the addition of the 850-passenger Royal Odyssey in 1982 and the 1000-passenger Crown Odyssey in 1988 before getting acquired by Kloster Cruises in 1989. In 1993, Periklis Panagopoulos co-founded with his son Alexander Superfast Ferries, as part of the Attica Group, an Athens-listed holding corporation.