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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kungsholm Surfaces in Oman As Luxury Hotel - Veronica

Much to my surprise and pleasure the Mona Lisa (originally constructed as Swedish America Line' Kungsholm) has resurfaced in Oman. The ship has got a new lease on life as a luxury hotel. A significant amount of money has been spent on modernizing her interiors which are now sleek an modern to match her exterior lines. The renovations look superior and her furnishing look stylish and contemporary.

The Veronica was purchased by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in October 2010 and after a year of refurbishments is now ready for her first guests. The Veronica is to serve as hotel accommodations for business travelers coming to the Oman Drydock Company (ODC) and City of Duqm as well as regular travelers.

The Veronica Hotel is not only equipped with 208 well furnished rooms, it also has a sports bar, several restaurants, karaoke rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, cafes, lounges, a business center, a library, a theatre and a shopping arcade. The Veronica is equipped with significant office space, a spa and gym, a salon and a barbershop. A crew of 120 will care for guests.

The Veronica Hotel has a Facebook Page with great photos of the interior of the ship. It is well worth the trip.

Below are some photos of the Veronica Hotel in past livery. Please note the ship
was originally constructed with dual funnels, but when sold to P&O, the first funnel was chopped down and only a stub remains, somewhat impacting her beautiful profile.

Prior Names
1966—1979: Kungsholm
1979—1995: Sea Princess
1995—2002: Victoria
2002—2007: Mona Lisa
2007—2008: Oceanic II
2008 -2011: Mona Lisa
2011 - Current: Veronica

Ownership History
1966—1975: Swedish America Line
1975—1978: Flagship Cruises
1978—2002: P&O Cruises
2002—2010: Leonardo Shipping
2010—present: DMSE-Oman

Veronica Hotel at Duqm Oman (Courtesy of the Veronica Hotel)

Mona Lisa for Holiday Krezufarten

Oceanic II - Scholar Ship Cruises

Victoria - On charter to Union Castle Line

Victoria in P&O Livery

Sea Princess - Princess Cruises

Kungsholm - Swedish America Line.