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Monday, February 13, 2012

Flagship Cruises Fleet

Flagship Cruises Fleet

The first ship for Flagship Cruises the m/s Sea Venture operated on the New York to Bermuda cruise circuit when delivered in 1971. When introduced, the ship was the new standard of luxury.

By 1974, the Sea Venture was sold to Princess Cruises and became the "Love Boat" Pacific Princess, She sailed with Princess until 2004 at which time she was sold to Spanish Operator Pullmantur (as the Pacific) and subsequently sold to Quail Cruises. At this time the ship is laid up in Italy under the name Pacific awaiting a buyer.

The Island Venture (1971) was a twin to the Sea Venture and she was utilized for longer 8-14 day cruises from New York to the Caribbean. She never really experienceg the popularity or got the attention the Sea Venture did. She too was sold to Princess Cruises in 1974 and became the Island Princess. She sailed with Princess until 2000. Today she is still in service for Voyages of Discovery as the m/v Discovery. She will undergo a major refit later this year will will extend her life for years to come.

After selling both the Sea Venture and Island Venture to Princess Cruises, Flagship Cruises continued to express an interest in cruising and acquired Swedish America Line's 1966 stylish Kungsholm. Flagship Cruises operated the ship on longer, luxury cruises, appealing to the elite. Unfortunately by 1979, she was sold to P&O Cruises. P&O unfortunately ruined her good looks by removing her forward funnel and leaving a stump behind. P&O acquired Kungsholm for their Australian operation. She was given the name Sea Princess. Her time in Australia was limited and was repositioned to the UK. The Sea Princess made her first cruise from the UK in 1982. In 1986, she was refitted for the American market and given Princess Cruises livery. In 1991 she was returned to the UK market and in 1995 was renamed Victoria.

In 2003 she was sold to operate for a German company as Mona Lisa. In 2002 she was sold to Greek interests who chartered the ship to German Tour Companies as the Mona Lisa.

Today the Kungsholm is the named Veronica and is operating as a floating Hotel at Duqm Oman.

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