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With Reuben Goossens
Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer, Author & Maritime Lecturer
Please Note: All ssMaritime and other related maritime/cruise sites are 100% non-commercial and privately owned. Be assured that I am NOT associated with any shipping or cruise companies or any travel/cruise agencies or any other organisations! Although the author has been in the passenger shipping industry since 1960, although is now retired but having completed around 680 Classic Liners and Cargo-Passengers Ships features I trust these will continue to provide classic ship enthusiasts the information the are seeking, but above all a great deal of pleasure! Reuben Goossens
Louis Cruise Line
This Page Includes all her Technical Details
A Louis Cruise Lines Postcard of their new Ship, the
Author’s private collection
In January 1993 that Chandris Cruises sold MV The Victoria for US$10 million to “Interorient Navigation Co”
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
Louis Cruise Lines would be the last owner of this great ship, and the MV
Service on Princesa
El Patio (
Galleon Lounge & Bar
Galleon Lounge & Bar
The popular Wintergarden
The Casino Library and Card Room
The magnificent and spacious
The Pursers Office on Sapphire deck
The spacious accommodations is fully air-conditioned, offering comfort and private facilities
Officers on the Bridge
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
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
The sad looking MV Romantica having been completely burnt out is ready to be towed to Limassol
From May to
August 1998 she served as a Hotel ship in
December 29, 1999 to January 2, 2000 she operated a special 4
Day Millennium-cruise to
2001 she served as Hotel Ship for the G8 Summit at
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
Photograph by the late Captain Yiorgos Graikos - June 2003
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.
. 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.
Photo by Rajesh Shah © 2004 Kumar Steel
The Ship with 68 Years at Sea - INDEX
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.
… MV Princesa
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.
“Blue Water Liners
sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
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