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Sea Princess 

The Sea Princess was built in 1966 by John Brown & Co., Clydebank. She was first named Kungsholm until P&O bought her in 1979. 

  

The next 3 photos show the conversion carried out at Bremer Vulkan Schiffbau und Machinenfabrik GmbH, October 1978 to January 1979. Two show the new funnel extension before it was added. 

  

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Courtesy of Aneurin Griffith

  

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Courtesy of Aneurin Griffith

    

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Courtesy of Aneurin Griffith

   

She was  28,891 Gross Tonnage. She was renamed in 1995 to Victoria and eventually sold in 2002 and renamed Mona Lisa.

 

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Courtesy of Simon Lockyer

Sea Princess 1979.
Simon recalls;

Remember the first cruise out of Sydney? She looked quite tidy from the outside, but as we know a complete 'shambles' on board with flooded cabins, toilets backing up, fire & watertight doors not working, not forgetting those Swedish main engines, I remember them sending samples of fuel back to the UK for evaluation they were that desperate to get them running properly. The funnel got that hot it literally 'cooked' the aft navigation light and its extension hence it was removed in Singapore. I personally could never come to terms with her after Oriana, however Les Morrow the then chief officer at that time gave us all a good laugh if nothing else!. Anyway they eventually 'got it right' after great expense and she is still a survivor today as Mona Lisa (for the second time), I notice with great interest that the funnel has still got that 'cooked' look about it!!. Here is a photo taken in her very early days with P.& O on her first cruise out of Sydney with the extension still on the funnel and nil sat domes.

 

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Simon recalls;

Here's a classic! the original crew that took CP out to Australia! Many tales could be told about "what went on" but my lips are sealed!!! Lots of laughs!

 

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This is the Sea Princess at the Bremer Vulkan Shipyard on the day of the official handover to P&O accepted by Captain Peter Love.

  

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We have no idea who any of the other people are.


Alan Mackenzie has kindly corrected the above comment;

The last black & white photo, featuring Captain Peter Love and a lady and gentleman in the Lookout Bar - I believe the unknown civvies are Mr Harry Spanton (then P&O Cruises Director) and Mrs Spanton who, I think, named Sea Princess on her entry into P&O service.

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Courtesy of Richard Reubin

Love Boat Production Company chartered the Sea Princess for location filming in and around Fiji in 1981. (make sure your speakers are turned on)

 

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Courtesy of Richard Reubin

That's not her breast he's got hold of ... I had to look twice

 

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Lloyd Bridges and Morgan Fairchild were the special guest stars at that time.

 

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Courtesy of Alan Mackenzie

Early Sea Princess Christmas card. Probably circa.1980 (click for a better photo).

 

Courtesy of Dave Traynor

 

The next 3 shots were taken during a refit in Malta 1986.

Courtesy of Dave Traynor

Lido Area.

 

Courtesy of Dave Traynor

Pacific Lounge.

 

Courtesy of Dave Traynor

Carousel Lounge.

 

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Courtesy of Alan Williams

Norway 1993.

 

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

The once elegant Kungsholm posing as Sea Princess.

 

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Courtesy of Simon Lockyer

Sea Princess on her first cruise out of Sydney.

  

The final fate of this great ship can be seen here thanks to Howard Balcombe.


Alan Mackenzie adds;

It's ironic that the newspaper cutting at the end, dated 2010, somewhat prematurely forecasts the end of Sea Princess. Her actual end, as you've probably already heard, came at the end of last year, when she was beached at Alang, as the hotel ship Veronica. Attached are a couple of pictures I have of her on the beach...


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