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Thursday, December 15, 2016

49th Anniversary of Princess Italia Entry into the Princess Fleet.

Princess Cruises Princess Italia Intoduction into Princess Fleet
Princess Italia - Princess Cruises Livery
I found this press release which just so happens to be 49 years to the day, announcing Princess Cruises' arrival of the Princess Italia in Los Angeles. The ship was owned by Costa at that time and chartered to Princess.

December 15, 1967 - Los Angeles.... The M.V. Princess Italia, world's newest cruise liner, arrived in Los Angeles, it new home port, today, following its delivery from Trieste, Italy.

The $20 Million super cruise ship received a festive welcome, greeted by fireboats water displays, music and civic dignitaries.

Stanley B. McDonald, President of Princess Cruises, who will operate the luxury vessels on a scheduled 2-week sailngs to Acapulco and other Mexican ports of call.

The Princess Italia went on to sail  as the Italia for Costa Line, Ocean Princess for Ocean Cruise Line and Sapphire for Louis Cruise Lines. She was later scrapped in Alang , India. 

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