Chandris Cruises MV The Victoria

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Deck Nine


MV The Victoria



Deck Plan & Menus

This deck plan shows MV The Victoria after her conversion by Chandris Cruises added a Sauna, Children’s Play Room and enlarged the Gym up on Pearl Deck. Whilst on Rendezvous Deck, a delightful Winter Garden was installed on the starboard side of the glass enclosed promenade providing fine venue with views over the ocean through the floor to ceiling windows. This venue was partially air-conditioned as it has a glass partition just over half way. On the portside the previous Card Room had been transformed into the ships Casino. In addition new cabins were added on both Coral, Amber, whilst a new Deck was added down below named Jade Deck, which provided another 38 inside cabins, but whilst there were three stairwell, there was also one amidships lift.

In addition the Bamboo Club aft on Sapphire Deck was no more as sis new cabins were added, three on each side, where the club used to be. The space in the middle was retained to become the new Library and Card Room. The rest will be obvious, as there is now a Casino and a slot machine venue and a Shopping Gallery, where once the Gallery was, which was also the Writing Room, but that had been disgarded!


This is one of the early 1978 Captain’s Welcome Aboard Menus. No date is given



Above the Cover and below the Menu of the Lunch for Sunday August 4, 1979




Above the Cover and below the Menu for the Captain’s Welcome Dinner for Sunday July 11, 1979



MV The Victoria is seen berthed in Dover England and giving a wonderful view of her aft decks!


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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