A new video has been added to them the Cunard Queens video collection: An 11 min. long promotional video of the Cunard Princess, which is very 80s. And yes, the young chap is Captain Robin Woodall.
The MS Cunard Princess was built in 1975 by the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark for Cunard Line as MS Cunard Conquest. In 1977 she was fitted by Navali Mechaniche Affini n Italy and was renamed MS Cunard Princess. In 1995 Cunard sold the ship to Star Lauro Cruises (now MSC Cruises) who briefly retained her as MS Rhapsody, and later as MS MSC Rhapsody. Last year she was sold to Mano Maritime and is now operating as MS Golden Iris. A quick spin around Wikipedia reveals the following:
1977-1995: Cunard Princess
Like her sister ship Cunard Countess, at delivery Cunard Princess appeared in the traditional red/black Cunard funnel colours, complimenting a white hull and superstructure. In addition, a red decorative stripe was painted between the hull and the superstructure.
Cunard Princess set on her first cruise from New York to the Caribbean in March 1977, joining her elder sister MS Cunard Countess in the Caribbean cruise service. At the time the Cunard Princess was registered in Southampton, but in 1980 she was moved to the Bahamian registry, with Nassau as her homeport. Later during her career with Cunard the ship started cruising around Europe, while the Cunard Countess remained in Caribbean service.
During the Gulf War the Cunard Princess was chartered to the United States Armed Forces Recreation Center as a recreational facility for troops involved in the conflict.The ship arrived in Bahrain on 24 December 1990. Initially the plan was to operate the ship on three-day cruises around the Persian Gulf, but for economical reasons she was instead permanently moored in Bahrain instead. Following the end of her service in the Gulf War, the ship was docked at Valletta, Malta on 23 September 1991. She re-entered normal service with Cunard on 19 October 1991.In 1993 the Cunard Princess was moved to the fleet of Cunard’s newly created mid-market subsidiary Cunard Crown Cruises, joining her sister Cunard Countess and three ships chartered from EffJohn. Cunard Crown Cruises proved to be short-lived and in 1995 the Cunard Princess was chartered to StarLauro Cruises, who were in need of a replacement for their MS Achille Lauro that had sunk following a fire in 1994. Initially the Cunard Princess kept her older name in StarLauro service.