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P & O Lines' VICTORIA by Peter Knego

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The transition of a funnel is shown in the above photos from left to right: Swedish American Line's KUNGSHOLM, Flagship Cruises KUNGSHOLM, and P&O Lines SEA PRINCESS. Photos and copyright Peter Knego 1975, 1976, and 1982.

Aside from the elimination of the forward funnel, little has changed with the VICTORIA's sheltered midships pool area. Peter Knego collection.

KUNGSHOLM was designed with two pools: one between the funnels on Promenade Deck and the second, indoors, on D Deck. She also boasted a unique indoor/outdoor promenade and open as well as glass-enclosed sports areas.

A typical outside cabin aboard KUNGSHOLM was beautifully paneled, spacious, and elegant. Peter Knego collection.

Subtle cabin comforts included beds that were at least 6 feet 7 inches long by 3 feet wide, wall to wall carpeting, dial telephones, individually controlled air conditioning, private facilities (93% with full bath tub), abundant storage space, and a controllable loud speaker system. Special strategically-placed catering kitchenettes on each deck facilitated faster and better room service, and neighboring cabins could be adjoined by the use of a single outer foyer door.

The KUNGSHOLM is shown in Flagship Cruises' colors on the left. The new seahorse logo is shown in detail on the right. Peter Knego collection.

Unable to continue operating at a profit and unwilling to compromise its standards, Swedish American Line withdrew from the passenger ship business in August of 1975 after 60 glorious years. KUNGSHOLM was sold to Norwegian-owned Flagship Cruises and continued in worldwide cruise service, but only for three years.

The SEA PRINCESS is shown arriving at San Diego in March of 1993. Image and copyright Peter Knego.

In 1978, Flagship sold her to P&O, who intended to rebuild her as a replacement for the retiring 1954-built Sydney-based SS ARCADIA. She was sent to the Bremer Vulkan yard at Bremen, Germany for the addition of 86 cabins and other structural modifications that would extend her after decks with the installation of a third passenger pool, more public rooms, and the new accommodation. The aft funnel was raised and the forward dummy funnel cut down to a stump. Although many felt she was scarred, the ship was still quite lovely when she emerged in January of 1979 as the 840 passenger SEA PRINCESS.

The SEA PRINCESS is shown in her Princess Cruises livery at Los Angeles. Photo and copyright Kevin M. Anthoney.

Further refits over the years modified SEA PRINCESS only slightly, and she retains much of her original Scandinavian charm and glowing woodwork. She was later switched from Australia to the U.K. and from 1986 through 1991, donned the "sea witch" livery of American-based Princess Cruises. In 1995, she was renamed VICTORIA, releasing her "Princess" name for the third unit of the 77,000 gt SUN PRINCESS quartet.

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