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Spirit of London Becomes Sun Princess

Spirit of London with P & 0 Funnel in 1972


Spirit of London was to have been a sistership to Norwegian Caribbean Line's Southward, to be named Seaward. Norwegian Caribbean Line pulled out of the deal after price rises following the Italian builders' nationalization, and the hull was sold to P&O. Spirit of London was eventually completed in the autumn of 1972. When P&O later acquired Princess Cruises in 1974, Spirit of London was transferred to that fleet, becoming the Sun Princess.

Change to Sun Princess and Princess Funnel in 1974.


Spirit of London's entertainment team on the final Alaskan cruising season in the summer of 1974 just before she became Sun Princess.

Chris Chapman with his team. L-R Eddie Scott, Gudrun Hansen, Chris Chapman, Suzanne Jones (my former dance partner on Oriana) and David Collins.

From the look of the jazzy shirts, I guess it was English Pub Night on board.


Somehow along the way I acquired this ashtray from the inaugural cruise although l never sailed on her. My career with Princess was spent on Island Princess and Pacific Princess. It was a very exciting being there are the very beginning of P&O’s acquisition of Princess Cruises. A little bumpy at the start until it settled down. It was miles away from the ocean-going liners of the old P&O. A new world had opened up to cruising which has gone from strength to strength.



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