CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Louis Cruise Lines Princess Victoria by Michael Hipler October 9, 2000

Take this ship if searching for short cruises to Jerusalem and Cairo from Cyprus, because this is really a cruise ship that can compete with other ships, in contrast to some other ships that carry out Cyprus-based short-cruises. It is also worth-while for it's huge amount of wood paneling throughout the ship. It is a magnificent step back in time !! Almost not changed since 1959!

She has marvellous wood panelling throughout the ship. The "Roman Restaurant" is a splendid place with two deck high center ceiling, and an old-fashioned piano-music balcony. She also features a two-deck high cinema/theatre, vast open deck space (but the wood decking is covered by carpet), a vast fore deck (good for star gazing) and, very rare nowadays, two traditional derricks.There are Promenades on either side(but not wrap-around).The El Patio-Lounge (Main show lounge) and Galleon Bar are very traditional places with original fittings. Furniture is in good condition. She has a gym. Two midsized pools aft. The Casino is small but adequate for the size of the ship.

The food was served at the table and quite good with 4 courses with two or three entrees. Service was attentive and worm. Piano-music plays at dinner and gives an old-world flair. Prices for drinks were very cheap.

Generous wood-paneling even in the cabins. I had category G, which was generous sized. Drawer space is generous. Private facilities adequate. The cabin was quiet no squeaks, only a faint engine noise.

Evening show was very attractive for a low-price ship, featuring the Victoria Show Girls, who were really great, good choreography.

As it was a short cruise, there was not much time spent on sea, but there was an English movie at the cinema, bingo and a gym I didn't use. Ship calles at Haifa (excursion to Jerusalem incl. Bethlehem) and Port Said (Cairo with pyramids).

Passengers were of many nationalities: Great portion of English, some Germans, some Russians, some Dutch. I liked the people at my table (I am German, my neighbors were English and Dutch). Was a pleasure to talk with them. The average age was below 50.

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