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 Louis Cruise Line


---MV Princesa Victoria --


Page Ten

This Page Includes all her Technical Details


A Louis Cruise Lines Postcard of their new Ship, the MV Princesa Victoria

Author’s private collection

In January 1993 that Chandris Cruises sold MV The Victoria for US$10 million to “Interorient Navigation Co” Limassol, Cyprus and they renamed her “Princesa Victoria” and she was registered in Limassol. However, she would be soon be transferred to Louis Cruise Lines, a company that had operated Mediterranean cruises from Cyprus for a considerable time!

Having taken delivery, she was given a comprehensive refurbishment with upgrades to new carpets and soft furnishings as well as some slight re arrangements to the casino areas, such as the ex Card Room, come slot machine room became part of the shopping Centre along with the Gallery, whilst the Casino was now located along the Starboard side aft of the Galleon Bar. In addition four new motorised covered Tenders were installed as Princesa Victoria would be placed at anchor at a good number of ports of call, and these tenders would not only speed up the process, but also make the transfers far more comfortable for the passengers!

MV Princesa Victoria seen berthed, note the two new tenders

Louis Cruise Lines would be the last owner of this great ship, and the MV Princesa Victoria was used on the popular Cyprus-based 2 and 3-day cruises to Israel and Egypt departing from Limassol as well as a 2-day cruise to Rhodes. Many passengers would book these three cruises as a 7 day cruise thus visiting Israel, Egypt and Rhodes, making it an interesting cruise as well as spending a wonderful time on this fine ship!

Service on Princesa Victoria was excellent and never a complaint was received, the menus were excellent with the cuisine being of an excellent standard. It would never be like the days of Incres Lines, but then again that was First Class super Deluxe, and Princesa Victoria was One Class - Tourist! For interest like most of the smaller ships of the fleet, she underwent her annual winter lay-ups in Perama.

Photo Album


El Patio (Main) Lounge












Galleon Lounge & Bar                                                                                               Riviera Club


The popular Wintergarden


The Cinema seen from the balcony



   The Casino                                                                                                 Library and Card Room


The magnificent and spacious Roman Restaurant looking aft


The Pursers Office on Sapphire deck









The spacious accommodations is fully air-conditioned, offering comfort and private facilities


Officers on the Bridge


Princesa Victoria’s starboard wing


The authors piece of actual memorabilia, on of the Rendezvous Deck sign

This came from the forward lobby and the starboard side attached to the Galleon Bar wall

Note, that later, Louis Cruises had reinstated the Casino in the ex Card Room!


A fine view of the Princesa Victoria


A series of images from a brochure

From the Author’s private collection 



Left to Right: Galleon Lounge - Riviera Club Disco - Foyer Promenade Deck aft



Left to Right: Duty Free Shop - Shopping Gallery - Restaurant



She has two large pools and ample deck space including an enclosed Promenade Deck

On October 4, 1997 the Princesa Victoria went to the rescue of one of the Pacific cruises ships nearby, which had caught fire. She rescued 487 passengers and 186 crew members from the fiercely burning MV Romantica. However, she sadly was burnt out and was declared constructive total loss. The Romantica was towed and beached at Limassol. The delightful MV Romantica was previously better known as the Cogedar Lines MS Aurelia and she did operate with “The Victoria” when she sailed with Chandris Lines. On April 15, 1998 she was towed to Alexandria, Egypt where she was duly broken up.

The sad looking MV Romantica having been completely burnt out is ready to be towed to Limassol

However, the MV Princesa Victoria continued her cruise duties various short cruises with her annual winter lay ups. However, she also was chartered for a good number of special occasions, such as the following:

From May to August 1998 she served as a Hotel ship in Lisbon for Expo’98.

From December 29, 1999 to January 2, 2000 she operated a special 4 Day Millennium-cruise to Israel and Egypt.

During July 2001 she served as Hotel Ship for the G8 Summit at Genoa.

The Princesa Victoria continued to cruise operating her short cruise series until 2002, with her annual winter lay up. However late in 2002 she was laid up at Eleusis Greece and although there were attempts to return her to service or to find a buyer and save her for we knew that this could well be the end of the road for her, but she remained in lay up until to 2004.

Princesa Victoria seen in her final days of cruising


Princesa Victoria moored alongside Princesa Cypria and Ocean Explorer

Photograph by the late Captain Yiorgos Graikos - June 2003


MV Princesa Victoria Technical Details and other Information:

Built:                                        Harland And Wolff, Belfast 1936.

Flag:                                         Cyprus.

Class:                                        Lloyds Register +100a1 +Lmc, Lr No 5379717.

.                                               Complies With Solas 74 And Later Amendments as Existing Ship.

.                                               Passing Latest Solas And Marpol Requirements.

Length:                                     174.53m - 572ft.

Beam:                                       21.92m - 72ft.

Draught:                                    8.05m - 26.4ft.

Tonnage:                                   14583 GRT (Gross Registered Tons).

Motors:                                     2 X 7 Cylinder FIAT diesels, 10, 450 kW.

Propellers:                                 Twin Screw Fixed Pitch 14,000 BHP.

Speed:                                      Cruising 15 Knots.

Passenger Decks:                        7

Last Renovation:                         1998.

Acommodations:                         714 Passengers in One Class.

Number of Cabins:                      287 all with private Facilities.

Outside Cabins:                          216.

Inside Cabins:                            71

Ships Facilities:                          Fully Air Conditioned & Stabilised.

.                                               2 Level Cinema/Conference Room - 240 Persons.

.                                               Roman Restaurant - 340 Persons.

.                                               El Patio Lounge - 260 Persons.

.                                               Riviera Club - 180 Persons.

.                                               Galleon Bar - 44 Persons.

.                                               Winter Garden: 44 Persons

.                                               Card Room / Library: 30 Persons

Additional Facilities:                    Photoshop, Casino, Bank, Beauty Salon, Hospital, Library,

.                                               Laundry, 2 Swimming Pools, Board Games, Health Club/Gym Room/Sauna

.                                               Satellite Telephone, Mail Services, Gift Shop, Jogging Track, Table Tennis,

.                                               Shuffle Board, Duty Free Shops, Mini Golf, Children's Play Room.

.                                               3 Elevators.

My beloved MV Princesa Victoria, The Victoria and MS Victoria was sold to Kumar Steel recycling yard at Alang India and she departed renamed, just for the voyage Victoria I from Eleusis Greece on May 4, 2004 for India, where she arrived and was beached not until August 2, 2004.

Victoria I beached (on the rocks) at the Kumar Steel recycling yard

Photo by Rajesh Shah © 2004 Kumar Steel

The Ship with 68 Years at Sea - INDEX

Union Castle Line:         One of the great Shipping Lines of the past!

Page One                     RMS Dunnottar 1936 to 1958, also her identical sister the Dunvegan Castle.

Incres Lines:                  One of the finest luxury cruise companies in history!

Page Two                    MS Victoria 1958 to 1975.

Page Three                  Brochure Page 1.

Page Four                    Brochure Page 2.

Page Five                     Brochure Page 3.

Page Six                      Brochure Page 4.

Page Seven                 Deck Plan and Menus.

Chandris Cruises:           An excellent budget cruise line.

Page Eight                   MV The Victoria. 1975 to 1993.

Page Nine                    Deck Plan and Menus.

Louis Cruise Line:          Maltese Company a good basic cruise operation.

Page Ten                    MV Princesa Victoria 1993 to 2004.

Page Eleven                Photographs by Stephen William Storey.

Page Twelve              Deck plan.

Page Thirteen             MV Victoria I - 2004 - Sad scenes of her beached and being scrapped.



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