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Kungsholm 1966 - 1975
The happy ship with a happy crew

Pennant Of all the ships that sail the sea,
The ship for me is the Kungsholm,
More than just an ocean liner,
Not a ship is built that's finer...
The Kungsholm Song

There were 3 great ships named Kungsholm that were owned by SAL.

Original name: MS Kungsholm
Shipyard: John Brown & Co, Scotland
Year: 1966
Tons: 26,678
No of passengers: 750
Delivered to SAL: 1966
Sold: 1975
Sold to: Flagship Cruises Ltd
Renamed: 1978 Sea Princess (P&O Lines)
Today: Not sailling since 2010, to be scrapped in 2015.

A typical 1960's illustration of life at the poolside. As the average age of
the cruise members was 65, the picture is quite imaginative.

South America Cruise
Europe & Mediterranean Cruise
South Pacific Cruise

The Great Cruise Around South America, 1968, 44 days

Scandinavia, Europe, Mediterranean Fall Cruise, 1968, 40 days

A Cruise Adventure to the South Pacific, 1969, 93 days

The New MS Kungsholm is your "sunshine special" whisking you away to this land of beautiful springtime whose seasons are just the reverse of ours. First comes a call at the Panama Canal, connecting links between two vast oceans, a wonder of engineering skill with a stop at Bilboa. You will be basking in the sunshine on deck as your cruise ship follows the west coast to Callao for Lima, steeped in history and romance...

This is the cruise you won't want to miss, timed just right, in September when crowds begin to fade, the weather is lovely, and the lands visited are bathed in autumnal brilliance. You will spend 40 rewarding days, visiting ports of call, especially selected for their color, charm, romantic atmosphere, historic interest and shopping opportunities. It's a time for seasoned travelers who know when travel's best...

Ever since the days of Captain James Cook, who made the first excursion to the South Sea Islands, this area of the world has held a fascination for the adventure-minded. You, too, will discover a world that is not of this world as the magnificient New Kungsholm threads her way through these islands of enchantment and splendor, the fascinating lands of New Zealand, and on to the down-under continent of Australia...

Lounge Stateroom Stateroom

The world renowned artistic talents of Sweden's leading designers are shown to their best in the New Kungsholm's inviting lounges...

Every room aboard the New Kungsholm is air-conditioned and equipped with private bath or shower. There's music in every stateroom with a choice of programs. Notice the full size beds, the attractive draperies, the ample drawer space...

SAL used members of its own staff as models. The lady in this picture, Marlene Pekala, was a dance instructor, and the man at the phone was a cruise staff member from the SAL New York office.

The auditorium is an attractive room where you will enjoy movies, travel forums and lectures.

Photos of the Kungsholm's interior from Carl-Gustav Kruse's collection

Forward Lounge
Verandah Deck
Aft Cocktail Lounge
Verandah Deck
Forward Library
Verandah Deck
Aft Smoking Room
Verandah Deck
Dining Room
Aft Card Room
Verandah Deck
Entrance Hall and Purser's
Information Desk (windows closed)
Upper Deck
Outdoor Pool
Promenade Deck
Beauty Parlor
the heart of the Kungsholm

Still Looking Good
Stefanie in Germany has contributed this photo of the interior of the Mona Lisa, ex Victoria, ex Kungsholm of 1966. The Kungsholm's original artwork was still in place.

Örjan Slätte, Informationsofficer på MS Gripsholm, har lämnat följande upplysningar om konstverket:
Intarsian fanns redan i 1953 års Kungsholm och heter "Gestalter ochbyggnadsverk i Sveriges historia". Personerna sträcker sig ca tusen årtillbaka i tiden och geografin är upplagd så att man från vänster tillhöger kan läsa av Sverige från väster till öster. Konstnären hette Rudolf Blomberg.

Örjan Slätte, former Information Officer on the Gripsholm, has added these comments:
This intarsia was present on the Kungsholm of 1953. It is called "Figures and buildings in Swedish history". The characters go back about one thousand years, and the geographic presentation, from left to right, shows Sweden from the West Coast to the East. The artist's name was Rudolf Blomberg.

The Kungsholm's Four Tenders

Two of Kungsholm's original tenders are presently operating in the Cardiff Bay, under the ownership of The Cardiff Waterbus. A third tender, called Arklet, now works on Loch Lomond in Scotland. She ferries passengers between the Inversnaid Hotel and Inveruglas. Captain Ben Salter of the Cardiff Waterbus, reports that he has found the fourth, elusive tender. There is interesting information about the tenders' careers on the History page on the Cardiff Waterbus site.

Magellan certificate
Certificate given to the cruise members after passing through the Strait of Magellan on the cruise around South America.

Excellent site!
Don't miss a visit to Henrik Ljungström's and Daniel Othfors' excellent website
The Great Ocean Liners, where you can find lots of information about the SAL liners.



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