Early in 1985 these two Spanish ships of a capacity of 1200 persons each were spotted and Sol Lines purchased them in April and June of the same year respectively. Both of them were employed in the Israel-Cyprus-Greece service.
The first ship which was renamed “Sol Olympia II”, after a few months in operation had started facing generator problems and Sol Lines decided to sell her to interested buyers. Whilst on dry-dock at Elefsis shipyard, two days before its delivery to the new buyers, the vessel became a total loss due to a fire caused by the yard during hull repairs. As a result Sol Lines had sustained a considerable financial damage, since for premium purposes she was under-insured in the case of a total loss.