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.