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Sun Princess 

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The Sun Princess was launched and named in 1972 by P&O as the Spirit of London. She had originally been ordered by the Norwegian Caribbean Line (NCL) and was to be named Seaward but P&O bought her unfinished hull after NCL had pulled out of the deal. In 1974 P&O bought Princess Cruises and the Spirit of London was renamed Sun Princess, joining the Island Princess and Pacific Princess in the Princess fleet.

 

1988 saw the sale of the Sun Princess by P&O to Premier Cruises, initially renamed Majestic but becoming the Starship Majestic in 1989. In 1994 she was purchased by CTC and was renamed the Southern Cross. She was renamed again in 1998 when Festival Cruises began operating her as the Flamenco. After Festival cruises collapsed, she began sailing for Cruise Elysia as New Flamenco.

 

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Courtesy of Richard Reubin

Richard recall the followuing;

Christmas Cruise, 21/12/1977.

We suddenly hit heavy weather off Guatemala in the gulf of Tehuantapec. 

 

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Courtesy of Richard Reubin

100+ knot winds with huge waves at almost bridge height. 

 

Courtesy of Richard Reubin

Such was the power of the storm that a porthole of armoured glass was smashed approx 60feet above waterline showering an unfortunate passenger with shards of glass as he lay in his bunk. It took several days for the nurses to dig out all the pieces of glass from his bald bonce. Medical staff rushed around with anti-seasickness injections and bandages.

 

Courtesy of Richard Reubin

Captain John Young in command hardly left the Bridge for 48 hours. Panama was a welcome sight after our unscheduled visit to nature's own theme park!

 

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Courtesy of Phil Archer

 

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Courtesy of Phil Archer

 

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Courtesy of Phil Archer

 

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Courtesy of Phil Archer

 

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Courtesy of Tony Simpson

Sun Princess in Glacier Bay Alaska, taken around 1979.

 

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Courtesy of Iain Reeves

The Sun Princess in Canada 1987.


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Courtesy of Iain Reeves

Skagway 1987.

 

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Courtesy of Colin Doughty

  

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Courtesy of Andy Patterson

1979 - Sun Princess in the Inside Passage.

  

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Courtesy of Andy Patterson

Aug 80 - Sun Princess at anchor in Alaska.

    

The fate of this great ship can be seen here thanks to Howard Balcombe.


The above fate was posted in 2010 but sadly the "final" fate (shown below) can be seen in the Spirit of London section here.



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