Built in Italy and delivered in 1967. she was delivered to her new owners, Crociere d'Oltremare. Her original owners went bankrupt while the ship was under constructions.After only operating a few cruises the Italia was chartered to Princess Cruises as their first ship the Princess Italia. She was later sold to Costa Cruises and Ocean Cruise Line. Thought to be a goner after hitting an uncharted wreck on the Amazon River and flooding her engines and some passenger decks, the ship was declared a total loss. She was eventually sold to intermediate buyers and repaired. She found her way to Louis Cruise Line, which renamed her Sapphire. She was very popular in the Med sailing from Cyprus and Piraeus.
She did undergo a refit which added additional accommodation forward which did somewhat spoil her sleek lines.
Today she is laid up in Greece awaiting a buyer or charterer.
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