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  • Simplon Postcards - Passenger Ship Photographs - Passenger Ship Postcards
    Hoskin Sea Princess P O Princess 1979 2002 This ship was originally the Kungsholm bought by P O in 1979 to replace the aging Arcadia 2 She was given a major overhaul in Bremen which ruined her classic liner appearance Initially she was operated by P O Cruises in Australia from Sydney March 1979 to March 1982 She was then moved to the British market returning to Australia on world cruises in 1983 1984 and 1985 She was transferred to the US market in 1986 and appeared in Princess colours She returned to P O in 1991 and was renamed Victoria in 1995 In Winter 1999 2000 Victoria operated a cruise on charter to the Union Castle Line and received a red black funnel An official card was issued in these colours Victoria was sold in 2002 sold to Leonardo Shipping who chartered her to Holiday Kreuzfahrten as Mona Lisa Holiday Kreuzfahrten failed in 2006 and she was used as an accommodation ship for the Asian Games in Doha The owners then secured two 8 month charters in 2007 2008 with the Royal Caribbean backed The Scholar Ship for use as a floating student study ship Not surprisingly in view of the Royal Caribbean connection a summer charter with Pullmantur was also arranged for 2007 Mona Lisa was renamed Oceanic II She also had a brief charter with Louis Cruise Lines to replace the lost Sea Diamond before moving to Pullmantur Complete history of Sea Princess Victoria An early official card is shown below before the black top was added to the funnel to hide the effects of soot Oriana P O 1962 1986 The first Oriana was built in 1960 by Vickers Armstrong s Barrow Ordered by and registered to the Orient Steam Navigation Co she was delivered to P O Orient Lines with the distinctive Orient Line corn coloured hull She served on the route to Australia from Southampton unlike earlier Orient Liners which sailed from London In 1962 she collided with the carrier USS Kearsarge between San Francisco and Los Angeles in fog Her hull was repainted white in 1965 when she was transferred to full P O registry As time past she spent more and more time cruising so that during the late 70s she cruised from Southampton in the summer and Sydney in the winter with positioning liner voyages in each direction via the Panama Canal Her final Southampton season was 1981 after which she stayed in Australia until sold for stationary use in Japan in 1986 She was later sold to China were she still existed until 2006 when she was scrapped after being damaged in a storm Complete history of Oriana A Mobil Oil advertising card of Oriana at Sydney Postcard of Oriana at Sydney Scan John E Hoskin Enlarged view from the postcard above of Oriana Scan John E Hoskin Postcard of Oriana at Sydney A late P O Lines official card of Oriana issued after her move to Australia Scan Ken

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  • Phoenix Reisen Cruise Ship Postcards
    Published by 7 Seas Postcards the serial number is Nr 3 and the photo is by Uli Deiss An official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Maxim Gorkiy in post Soviet colours Published by 7 Seas Postcards the serial number is Nr 4 and the photo is by Uli Deiss An official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Maxim Gorkiy in post Soviet colours Published by 7 Seas Postcards the serial number is Nr 665 The photo is by Uli Deiss in Magdalenbucht Spitzbergen An official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Maxim Gorkiy Produced for Millennium 2000 when she was at the annual fireworks display at Funchal Madeira Published by Europostcard An official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Maxim Gorkiy in post Soviet colours Phoenix Reisen postcard of Maxim Gorkiy available in 2006 Scan Rogerio Gouveia Click to open larger image in new window Albatros 1 Albatros 1 was originally built as the Cunard Line Sylvania in 1957 She was sold to Sitmar and became their Fairwind in 1968 after rebuilding She was briefly renamed Sitmar Fairwind in 1988 before becoming the Dawn Princess when Princess Cruises acquired Sitmar Princess sold her back to the Vlasov Group V Ships ie the previous owners of Sitmar in 1993 and Phoenix have operated her under charter as Albatros since then In 2005 she was sold for scrap and replaced by Albatros 2 Complete history of Albatros 1 Official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Albatros The one below is published by 7 Seas Postcards serial Nr 6 Photo Uli Deiss The other cards have no publisher or serial number details Official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Albatros The photograph on this card is by D Hasenpusch Official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Albatros Official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Albatros The following postcards of Albatros are not Phoenix officials This card was published by Bernd Broux and shows Albatros on the Nord Ostsee Kanal Kiel Canal Simplon Postcards issue sc2137 issued December 1998 of Albatros on the North See Canal to Amsterdam Photographed by Wil Moojen Ramsey Postcards issue 107 of Albatros photographed by Philip Cone World Ships issue Nr 01 of Albatros photographed by D Hasenpusch Albatros 2 Albatros 2 was built as the Royal Viking Sea of Royal Viking Line in 1973 Royal Viking Sea was the second of three sisterships the others being Royal Viking Star 1972 and Royal Viking Sky 1973 Royal Viking Line were acquired by Kloster NCL in 1984 and initially retained their separate identity Royal Viking Sea was then transferred to Royal Cruise Line in 1990 as the Royal Odyssey 2 Royal Odyssey 2 was transferred back into the main NCL fleet in 1996 as Norwegian Star She briefly operated for the NCL subsidiary Norwegian Capricorn Line in the Australian market and in 2001 became part of the Star Cruises fleet before return to owners Actinor Shipping After a period laid up as Crown she was placed on weekly cruises from Valencia as Crown Mare Nostrum for Spanish Cruise Line From 2005 she is running as

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  • Polar Star - Polar Star Expeditions
    Martin s great grandfather opened the coalmines in Kings Bay in Spitsbergen Svalbard at the beginning of the last century Martin s grandfather pioneered polar shipping Today Karlsen Shipping is involved in diverse marine activities including offshore supply and standby vessels harvesting and research vessels and the expedition cruising vessel Polar Star In addition to these two firsts Karlsen also introduced the first Canadian single purpose standby rescue vessel the Tem Today Karlsen Shipping is proud to own and operate the first expedition cruise vessel with operations headquartered in Atlantic Canada Karlsen Shipping is a well established innovative adaptable and changeable company that has diversified and grown over the past 60 years The launch of the Polar Star and Polar Star Expeditions shows the vision and foresight that the organization has to diversity and excellence Ships on this Page Polar Star Polar Star Expeditions 2000 Associated Pages UK Excursion Ships Ferry Postcards Cruise Ship Postcards Ocean Liner Postcards Simplon Postcards Recent Updates Simplon Postcards Home Page References Search Simplon Postcards powered by FreeFind Polar Star 2000 Polar Star was built in 1969 as the Swedish Njord She was converted into an expedition cruise ship in 2000 Polar Star as Njord

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  • Premier Cruise Line Postcards
    for them from 1958 until 1983 initially on liner voyages from Italy to South America and then from Italy to Florida and the Caribbean In later years Federico C devoted more and more time to cruises In 1983 she was sold to Premier Cruise Lines becoming Royale and then StarShip Royale Premier in turn sold her to Dolphin in 1988 where StarShip Royale was renamed SeaBreeze More recently both Dolphin and Premier Cruise Lines were acquired by Cruise Holdings who merged them into an enlarged Premier Cruises fleet in 1997 for whom SeaBreeze continued to operate In September 2000 the predicted collapse of Premier Cruises occurred In December 2000 SeaBreeze was reported to have sunk off the US coast in heavy weather whilst sailing light All crew had been taken off by helicopter Complete history of StarShip Royale Premier Cruises official card of StarShip Royale The card gives the following information PORT CANAVERAL FLORIDA Gross tonnage 21 000 tons Length 606 feet Draft 27 feet Cruising speed 22 knots Double occupancy cabin capacity 770 Number of passenger decks 8 Modern fin stabilizer system Fully air conditioned Outdoor swimming pool Outdoor whirlpool Ship to shore communications Theater with first run movies Casino Royale Las Vegas style gambling Outer Limits Disco Big Dipper ice cream parlour Captain Video arcade Apollo Observatory Ships Registry Panama This card of StarShip Royale serial number 158 Published Editions FISA Barcelona Photo P Asenjo Another Editions FISA card of StarShip Royale serial number 157a again using a photo by P Asenjo John Hinde Curteich card from the Bahamas showing StarShip Royale serial number 2BH 92 B Two official cards showing both Royale and Oceanic The cards give the following details The Official Cruise Line of Walt Disney World Premier s StarShip Fleet the largest and most luxurious cruise fleet in Bahamas cruising Sailing from Port Canaveral Florida on 3 and 4 night cruises to Nassau and the Out Islands Name entertainment on every cruise year round Offering the Cruise and Wait Disney World Vacation Week which combines a cruise with a free visit to the world s 1 vacation resort Bahamas Scenic Prints postcard serial 54 E showing both StarShip Royale and StarShip Oceanic at Nassau StarShip Oceanic Premier Cruise Lines 1986 2000 Oceanic was originally built for Home Lines in 1965 The Oceanic was completed in 1963 by Cantieri Riuniti dell Adriatico Monfalcone Oceanic was Home Lines first purpose built ship designed as a two class liner to operate in summer on their Canadian route from Cuxhaven le Havre and Southampton By the time of her delivery Home Lines had dropped the Atlantic liner voyages and Oceanic ran 7 day cruises to Nassau from New York through the summer In winter she ran longer trips to the Caribbean She was sold to Premier Cruise Line in 1985 when replaced by the new Homeric Oceanic became the sole remaining ship in the Premier fleet in 1996 before it was enlarged again following the amalgamation with Dolphin and

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  • Pullmantur Cruise Ship Postcards
    Neven Jerkovic Pacific Pullmantur 2003 2007 Pacific was originally one of two sisters completed in 1971 for Flagship Cruises as Sea Venture and Island Venture Flagship Cruises was a Norwegian company set up by established lines Lorentzen Fearnley Eger etc They were sold to P O for their recently acquired Princess subsidiary in 1974 Flagship Cruises then bought the Kungsholm which was also in turn sold to P O Sea Venture was renamed Pacific Princess in the Princess fleet and served with them from 1974 2003 She then entered service Spanish operator Pullmantur and renamed Pacific Initial Pullmantur operations were on Brazilian coastal cruises in co operation with Brazilian company CVC who now own the ship In summer 2008 she is operating in Europe for new Spanish company Quail Cruises There is a complete history of Pacific on this link Official Pullmantur postcard of Pacific R Six Blue Star Blue Dream 2 Pullmantur 2004 2007 Following the Royal Caribbean takeover the two Renaissance ships in the fleet Blue Moon and Blue Star were transferred out to an new upmarket Celebrity brand although Blue Moon remains in the fleet until September 2007 R Six Blue Star at Rhodes in 2005 Photo A Klem Blue Star R Six at Dubrovnik Photo Neven Jerkovic Blue Star R Six at Dubrovnik with Regatta Photo Miho Radulic May 2005 Blue Dream 2 at Rhodes 13th May 2006 She dropped the R Six dual name when becoming Blue Dream 2 Photo A Klem Blue Dream 2 at Dubrovnik with Golden Princess Photo Ivo Batricevic 17th June 2006 Blue Dream 2 at Santos Brazil Photos Marco Antonio Pedro Blue Dream 2 at Santos Brazil Photos Marco Antonio Pedro Blue Dream 2 at Santos Brazil on 10th December 2006 Photos Marco Antonio Pedro Holiday Dream Pullmantur 2004 Holiday Dream was previously the Europa 3 of Hapag Lloyd Europa 3 was built for Hapag Lloyd in 1981 by Bremer Vulkan She weighs 37012grt is 656ft long and has engines of 28900hp Europa 3 carried 770 passengers and cruised worldwide for Hapag Lloyd until 1999 when she passed to Star Cruises on delivery of Europa 4 In 2000 she is the SuperStar Aries after being originally renamed SuperStar Europe In March 2001 it was announced that SuperStar Aries would transfer to the Orient Lines fleet also owned by Star Cruises from 2002 as their Ocean Voyager This transfer did not take place and Orient Lines reverted to a single ship operation with Marco Polo SuperStar Aries was sold to Pullmantur in 2004 and renamed Holiday Dream Pullmantur was acquired by Royal Caribbean in 2006 and from May 2008 Holiday Dream will operate for new new French subsidiary CDF Croisières of France as Bleu de France Complete history of Holiday Dream Photograph of Holiday Dream at Cozumel Photo Juan Carlos Lopez December 2004 Photograph of Holiday Dream at Cozumel Photo Juan Carlos Lopez December 2004 Photograph of Holiday Dream at Cuba December 2004 Photo José Luis Cerdá cruceromania net Sky Wonder Pullmantur 2006 2009 Atlantic Star Pullmantur 2009 Each Sky Wonder Atlantic Star image links to a larger copy Sky Wonder was built as Fairsky for Sitmar by Chantiers Navales et Industrielies de la Méditerranée La Seyne Sur Mer near Toulon in 1984 She was yard number 1436 Unusually for a ship this new she has steam turbine machinery the last large turbine passenger ship built She became the Sky Princess in the Princess Cruises fleet She replaced Fair Princess in the Australian market in 2001 renamed the Pacific Sky In 2006 Pacific Sky was sold to Pullmantur and renamed Sky Wonder In 2009 she was renamed Atlantic Star to run a series of cruises from Lisbon However she was replaced at Lisbon by Pacific Dream and relocated to South America Complete history of Fairsky Sky Wonder Official Pullmantur postcard of Sky Wonder Scan Ivo Batricevic Simplon Postcards release sc2165 of Sky Wonder Photo Copyright Ian Boyle Photograph of Sky Wonder at Dubrovnik Photo Ivo Batricevic 21st June 2006 Pullmantur cruise ship Sky Wonder at Dubrovnik Photo 2006 Copyright Ian Boyle Sky Wonder at Santos Brazil on 10th December 2006 with revised hull logos Photos Marco Antonio Pedro Sky Wonder at Santos Brazil on 10th December 2006 Photo Marco Antonio Pedro Sky Wonder in 2008 red Pullmantur colours Photo William Mayes Atlantic Star at Lisbon with revised livery Photo Ian Boyle Lisbon 19th April 2009 Atlantic Star at Lisbon Photo Ian Boyle Lisbon 19th April 2009 Atlantic Star at Lisbon Photo Ian Boyle Lisbon 19th April 2009 Atlantic Star at Lisbon Photo Ian Boyle Lisbon 19th April 2009 Atlantic Star at Lisbon Photo Ian Boyle Lisbon 19th April 2009 Atlantic Star at Lisbon Photo Ian Boyle Lisbon 19th April 2009 Blue Moon Pullmantur 2006 2007 Each Blue Moon image links to a larger copy Completed at Saint Nazaire for Renaissance Cruises as the R Seven in 2000 She later became the Delphin Renaissance in 2003 before being sold to Pullmantur under the Maltese flag as the Blue Moon in 2006 Following the Royal Caribbean takeover the two Renaissance ships in the fleet Blue Moon and Blue Star were transferred out to an new upmarket Celebrity brand although Blue Moon remains in the fleet until September 2007 Blue Moon on the River Seine 17th September 2006 Photo Philippe Brebant Blue Moon on the River Seine 17th September 2006 Photo Philippe Brebant Oceanic II Pullmantur 2007 Each Oceanic II image links to a larger copy Oceanic II was built as Kungsholm 4 by John Brown Clydebank in 1966 and entered service with Swedish America She was sold to Flagship Cruises in 1975 retaining her name The Kungsholm 4 was then bought by P O in 1979 to replace the aging Arcadia She was given a major overhaul in Bremen which ruined her classic liner appearance and renamed Sea Princess Initially operated by P O Cruises in the Australian then British markets she was later transferred to the US market and appeared in Princess

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  • Renaissance Cruise Ship Postcards
    but has operated on various charters to Epirotiki Renaissance Cruises and Golden Sun Cruises She was built in 1973 as the Zim ro ro ferry Narcis but was bought by Dolphin Hellas cruises in 1986 and renamed Aegean Dolphin after conversion to a cruise ship in 1988 In 1995 she was listed as operating for Epirotiki She was renamed Aegean I in whilst on charter to Renaissance Cruises in 1996 She has operated for Golden Sun Cruises on Mediterranean cruises since 1997 8 but is still owned by Dolphin Hellas A complete postcard history of this ship is available on this link Official Renaissance postcard of chartered Aegean I Official Renaissance advertising postcard of chartered Aegean I R One 1998 2002 R Two 1998 2002 R Three 1999 2002 R Four 1999 2002 R Five 2000 2002 R Six 2000 2002 R Seven 2000 2002 R Eight 2001 2002 Generic company postcards were issued of the new ships so all are shown together below Official generic Renaissance postcard of the R One R Eight series This card has a hopelessly skewed horizon so a corrected picture is shown beneath Official generic Renaissance postcard of the R One R Eight series A corrected image of the postcard above Official generic Renaissance postcard of the R One R Eight series Scan supplied by João Francisco Metello Official generic Renaissance postcard of the R One R Eight series Scan supplied by João Francisco Metello Official generic Renaissance postcard of the R One R Eight series Scan supplied by João Francisco Metello Official generic Renaissance postcard of the R One R Eight series Scan supplied by João Francisco Metello Official generic Renaissance postcard of the R One R Eight series Scan supplied by João Francisco Metello Official generic Renaissance postcard of the R One R Eight series Scan supplied by João Francisco Metello Official generic Renaissance postcard of the R One R Eight series One of the class at Kusadasi On the collapse of Renaissance on 25th September 2001 six of the sisters all except R Three and R Four in the Pacific were moved to Gibratar Five of them were present in the postcards below By mid December 2001 all six had been moved on to Marseille Card published by Estoril Ltd Gibraltar serial 69J R One Renaissance 1998 2002 Regatta Oceania 2003 Insignia Oceania 2003 In 2003 R One and R Two were chartered by a new company Oceania Cruises in which the former Renaissance Vice President Frank Del Rio had involvement They were named Regatta and Insignia although they later swapped names so that R One is now Insignia and R Two is Regatta R Five is due to join them as Nautica in May 2005 Chantry Classics postcard of R One Simplon Postcards postcard sc2134 of R One Photo Mike Louagie Insignia leaving Bergen on July 13th 2004 Photo Harry Johan Rosvold Insignia leaving Bergen on July 13th 2004 Photo Harry Johan Rosvold Insignia leaving Bergen on July 13th 2004

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  • Olympia, Caribe, Regal Empress - Ocean Liner and Cruise Ship Postcards
    funnel had been replaced by exhaust pipes and a ludicrous framework design Happily this was later replaced by a more traditional funnel though lacking the style of the original In 1993 she was sold to Regal Cruises and renamed Regal Empress She is now described as being only 14500 GRT In 2004 she replaced the OceanBreeze ex Southern Cross in Imperial Majesty service Names on this Page Olympia Greek Line 1953 75 Caribe 1 Commodore Cruise Line 1981 93 Regal Empress Regal Cruises 1993 2004 Associated Pages Commodore Cruise Line Greek Line Cruise Ship Postcards Ocean Liner Postcards Simplon Postcards Home Page Olympia Olympia Greek Line 1953 74 The first and only ship built new for the Greek Line was the Olympia She was completed on the Clyde in 1953 This is a typically excellent photographic card by W Ralston of Glasgow presumably on trials in the Firth of Clyde An early Greek Line official art card of the Olympia A later Greek Line official art card of the Olympia This card was posted from Washington DC to Cyprus on December 27th 1957 A variation on the card above Greek Line official card of the Olympia An excellent aerial Greek Line official card of the Olympia printed in Greece It is a tragedy that the stylish funnel was lost when she was sold in 1982 after being laid up since 1974 She has subsequently sailed as the Caribe I and the Regal Empress This official Greek Line card shows the Olympia with the Queen Anna Maria the complete Greek Line fleet towards the end which came with the financial collapse of the line in 1975 Queen Anna Maria was sold to become the Carnivale and later operated on charter as the Topaz for Thomson Cruises Caribe I Commodore Cruise Line

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  • Regency Cruises Ship Postcards
    Regency official postcard serial number P003 150M 8 89 of Regent Sea Regency official postcard serial number P44124 of Regent Sea Regency official postcard of Regent Sea Scan Ken Murayama Regency official postcard serial number P75972 of Regent Sea Regency official postcard serial number P001 105M 8 89 of Regent Sea in the Gatun Locks Panama Canal A fine card of Regent Sea leaving Los Angeles on May 6th 1994 by CT Publishing serial No 007 Photo by Peter Knego issued 1994 A list of CT Postcards is available on this link A commercial postcard of Regent Sea and Regent Su n at St Thomas is shown below It is published by the Virgin Island Postcard Co using a photograph by Don Herbert The serial number is 2US VI296 An enlarged view of the ships is shown beneath The Lelakis group was in financial trouble in the early 1990s and sought charter work for their ships A charter was arranged for the Regent Sea with German company Transocean Tours It was intended to rename her back to her original name Gripsholm and this postcard was produced in anticipation Unfortunately the financial problems of Regency caused Transocean to cancel the charter and Gripsholm never appeared in these colours Transocean Tours proceeded to charter the Sagafjord from Cunard which they also renamed Gripsholm Transocean Tours postcard of Gripsholm Regent Star Regency 1986 1995 Regent Star was built as the Holland America liner Statendam in 1957 She was bought by the Paquet group in 1982 and renamed Rhapsody but sold again to the Lelakis group in 1986 and named Regent Star in the Regency fleet Her steam turbines were replaced by diesels in 1987 She has been inactive since the Regency Cruises bankruptcy The Statendam 4 was built in 1957 She was bought by the Paquet group in 1982 and renamed Rhapsody but sold again to the Lelakis group in 1986 and named Regent Star in the Regency fleet Her steam turbines were replaced by diesels in 1987 She has been inactive since the Regency Cruises bankruptcy A complete history of this ship is available on this link Regency official postcard serial number P44154 of Regent Star Regency official postcard serial number P81779 of Regent Star Regency official postcard serial number dg P84556 of Regent Star CT Publishing postcard serial number 087 of Regent Star leaving Vancouver July 18th 1993 Photo by Jim Stephen A list of CT Postcards is available on this link Regent Sun Regency 1988 1995 Regent Sun was built as the Zim Israel liner Shalom in 1964 After only three years she was bought by the Deutsches Atlantik group in 1967 and renamed Hanseatic II She was sold again to Home Lines in 1973 and named Doric and became Royal Odyssey in the Royal Cruise Line fleet in 1981 In 1988 she became the Regent Sun in the Regency fleet She has been inactive since the Regency Cruises bankruptcy despite an announced sale to Royal Venture cruises as their

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