|Built as Adriatica's Espresso Venezia in 1977 (and originally a sister of their remaining Egitto Express), the current Express Dionysos has seen a variety of major Southern Europe operators during her career to date. After 13 years with her original owners, she was transferred from the west-coast to the east-coast Italian state ferry operators in 1990 becoming Tirrenia's Espresso Malta. Four years later, she moved to Greek owners and service on the Adriatic routes of Ventouris Ferries as Pegasus. This was to be a brief period however - as two of the other Ventouris family companies (Ventouris Sea Lines and Ventouris Lines) failed under financial pressures, the unaffected Ventouris Ferries moved the Pegasus to fill the suddenly vacant gap in the domestic Greece market. Operating from Piraeus to Milos via Kythnos, Serifos and Sifnos she enjoyed a degree of success, but followed the trend as both route and ship were absorbed by Minoan (later Hellas) Flying Dolphins for their Hellas Ferries empire, fulfilling their corporate naming policy by becoming Express Dionysos. In early 2002, there was a partial reversion however and the ship was renamed once more, this time as Express Pegasus.
It is perhaps wothy of note that despite having operated for three operators with the word "Express" as part of four different names, the ship's operating speed is a distinctly pedestrian (by the latest standards) 18.5 knots!