Our story begins here…
The important shipping tradition which characterizes a number of Greek islands was established, in many cases, on the initiative and determination of several of their citizens.
In early years of the 20th century, John D. Chandris, who was born in Chios in 1886, began working in his uncle’s shipping office, where due to his ambitious and hard working character in 1911 he became a partner.
Chandris Group Foundedby Jonh. D. Chandris
Obtains a small number of shares in various Steamships within the Greek coastal service.
1920s to 1940sFleet Expansion
Builds and acquires thirty six tanker and dry bulk vessels.
1950s to 1960sFleet Expansion
Builds and acquires sixty six tanker and dry bulk vessels totaling in excess of 1.2 million DWT.
Chandris Lines Foundedby John. D. Chandris
Chandris Lines established which later will in due course become the world’s largest passenger ship operator.
Chandris becomes cruise operatorby Jonh. D. Chandris
Chandris Lines moves from passenger shipping to become a cruise operator.
Builds and acquires 32 tanker, dry bulk and RoRo vessels totalling in excess of 1.6 million DWT.
1980s to 1990sFleet Expansion
Builds and acquires 23 tanker, dry bulk and RoRo vessels totalling in excess of 1.6 million DWT.
Celebrity Cruises is founded in 1988 by the Chandris Group.
Celebrity CruisesSold to Royal Caribbean
In 1997, Celebrity Cruises Ltd. sold to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
1999 to 2011New Building Program
An active newbuilding program results in thirty two new vessels being built or acquired totaling in excess of 4 million DWT.
2014 to 2015Entering the LNG Market
Chandris enters the LNG market and orders two LNG MEGI 174k chartered with BP.
TodayLooking to the Future
Manages a fleet of thirty three vessels totaling in excess of 3.8 million DWT.