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NAME

MV. KUNGSHOLM IV (SEA PRINCESS) (VICTORIA II)

CLASS

CRUISE LINER

LAUNCHED

APRIL 14th 1965

BUILT

JOHN BROWN & CO / CLYDEBANK / SCOTLAND

WEIGHT

26,678 TONS

LENGTH

660 FEET

WIDTH

86 FEET

SPEED

21 KNOTS - DIESEL ENGINES - TWO PROPELLERS


After the Swedish America Line sold their Kungsholm III in 1965, they were left with one passenger ship in service, the 23,191-ton Gripsholm II. Their next ship, the fourth to use the name Kungsholm, was the largest and fastest liner built for the Swedish America Line. She set out on her maiden voyage from Gothenburg - New York April 22nd 1966. Kungsholm was only operated on that run occasionally as the Swedish America Line used her more as a cruise ship. The Swedish America Line closed down their operations in 1975. The decision to sell their two remaining liners ended a service that began in 1910 to provide transport for Swedish emigrants traveling to America. Within a few months, Kungsholm was sold to the Norwegian owned Flagship Cruises to be operated under her original name.

Kungsholm

Three years later, P&O acquired this ship to be operated under the name Sea Princess. P&O had Sea Princess undergo a major refit before operating her on cruises throughout the Far East and out of Australian ports. Another refit in 1982 increased her capacity to carry over 800 more passengers. The completion of that work saw Sea Princess relocated to European cruise routes. P&O changed her name to Victoria in 1995 to allow one of their new built cruise ships to use the name Sea Princess. The Union Castle Line that operated ships between Britain and South Africa chartered Victoria for their centennial anniversary in 1999. This led to her being used for a celebration cruise from Britain, around the Cape of Good Hope, through the Suez Canal and back to Britain.

Sea Princess

Victoria departed the P&O fleet in November 2002 under lease to a German operator for five years under the name Mona Lisa. In 2006/2007, this ship underwent a refitted for use as ocean-going educational vessel by The Scholar Ship international education program as their M/V Oceanic II.

Mona Lisa was transferred to Dugm, Oman in October 2010, where she was converted to a luxury Floating Hotel to house tourists and business guests.


Mona Lisa
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