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MAESTRO And MONA

Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 by

MAESTRO (ex RENAISSANCE) at Alang on September 27, 2010.

Even with the keel of the recently-scrapped WINNER 5 (ex AUSONIA, etc.) laying on the beach beneath her, cutting on the MAESTRO has already begun. As of this week, it had reached her bridge, although the latest image received from Alang, taken in late September, shows just the forward portion of her bow gone. The little MAESTRO, once one of the sleekest liner/cruise ships in the world when she was the chic Paquet vessel RENAISSANCE, is not expected to last more than a couple months. In the meantime, MONA LISA (ex KUNGSHOLM, etc.) left Piraeus on October 11, bound for the Suez Canal. The former Swedish flagship appears to be going to Oman for use as an accommodation ship. No announcements have been forthcoming about efforts to preserve her in Sweden but thus far, there have also been no reports of her sale to Indian shipbreakers. More news as it comes in….

15 Responses to MAESTRO And MONA

  1. Max

    October 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Such ashame that the Maestro could not be chartered off to other cruise lines. It was such a wonderful ship. The last of her kind. I certainly hope that this doesn’t foretell the future of the Mona Lisa. The former Kungsholm deserves to be saved as a historic monument for future generations.

  2. Peter Finch

    October 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Considering that “Blue Monarch” sold for less than $2 million, it is a too bad she didn’t come to the coastal waters of British Columbia. There is certainly a market for a smaller vessel that could cruise in summer and host dockside events at other times of the year, or perhaps provide a ‘getaway’ cruise in winter. Very few ships would be economical to operate this way, but Maestro/Blue Monarch/Renaissance would have filled the bill very well indeed.
    A real waste of potential and a significant historical loss, the legacy of the Renaissance is that of a great little ship that never quite achieved her potential.

  3. David

    October 14, 2010 at 9:04 am

    It’s a sad sight. I had the pleasure oof sailing on her to Caribbean under the umbrella of Paquet French Cruises. She will be missed !

  4. Peter

    October 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Looks like the Mona Lisa is off to the breakers – such a shame.

  5. Philippe BREBANT

    October 15, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Pitty to see such ship go. I had the opportunity once to sail aboard the WORLD RENAISSANCE on the 7 days popular Golden Fleeze cruises, originally Epirotiki Line best know itinerary in the Med. As RENAISSANCE for Croisières Paquet, she was another exemple of a ship completed for France unable to match the air competition and quite expensive to run on cruises. Later sold only after 11 years, she had similar lines of the FRANCE (bow and bridge) and other Saint Nazaire built ships, such as the SHALOM, ANCERVILLE and HAO HUA. Her possible static role somewhere would have been unpossible, as always, it’s very expensive and for security and environmental duties, she would have finiched then to breakers anyway. Nice to see her older sister still “afloat” surendered by concrete in China as MING HUA (ex ANCERVILLE).

    Meanwhile, sorry to see the old KUNGSHOLM go, but there is no other possibilities. Stockholm project was the best way to solve her, what a pitty!

  6. David

    October 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Sorry to see the lovely KUNGSHOLM off to the scrap yard. I sailed in her in 1977 under the umbrella of Flagship cruises as a teenager prior to he4r sale to P and O

  7. Johan

    October 18, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Is it comfirmed now that Mona Lisa is on the way to the scrappers? Relating to the last few comments

  8. Johan

    October 19, 2010 at 3:15 am

    It is now confirmed by Mr Hallgren on Salship.se that the effort to bring Mona Lisa to Stockholm have failed. The ship is sold to far east interests who intend to rebuild her to luxury hotel with 250 luxury staterooms in the persian gulf.

  9. Christos

    October 20, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Please update the pictures of Maestro, is sad to see them, but will be nice to keep them always in my memories.
    One of the old most popular cruisers.
    What a pity.

  10. AJ

    October 23, 2010 at 7:54 am

    It appears that Spirit of London will soon be sailed to Alang from her lay-up off Port Kiang. Has anyone got a timescale for her last voyage, please?

    I saw her in April from Costa Allegra and she looked really awful, very jaded, rusty & leaning quite badly too. Such a shame to see another grand old lady looking so unloved =(

  11. Linda Petersen

    November 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Everyones first cruise seems the most memorable My first cruise was on the Renaissance sailing on this ship from San Pedro California to the Vancouver Worlds Fair in 1986. I love this ship in more ways than one, spending extra time visiting the ship and dating a very wonderful guy named George who I haven forgotten but lost touch with. The demise of the ship is certainly a waste. It would have been great if it would have been used for cruises out of british columbia..too late now

  12. Corey palm desert

    November 3, 2010 at 9:50 am

    My first cruise was on azure seas in 79 or 80. I went on her five times over the years out of San Pedro. I saw her in Nassau in 2000 and she looked pristine. She had a blue hull. It was a true ship. Very nautical. There was not a straight line on her hull. Wish we could save all ships

  13. Max

    November 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Hi Peter,
    Do you have any future plans to travel to Oman to interview the owners of the Mona Lisa? I certainly would love to know what their future plans are for the ship now that Mr. Hallgren was unable to obtain the ship for Sweden.

  14. Linda

    November 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I am leaving my email address linsue2009@hotmail.com ..I have questions about the actual details of the renaissance in 1986, that have me puzzled and I can’t recall.. Also I am wondering if anyone knew George,,,chief engineer in 1986..dark hair, 6’2″ and 35 years old then. I am curious if he stayed with the renaissance or took a position elsewhere..thanks

  15. Captain Gorgeous

    November 30, 2010 at 1:10 am

    What a shame to see Kungsholm facing a bleak future. Such a beautiful ship (once). We still operate one of her tenders from pre P&O days in Cardiff Bay. Strange that these aluminium tenders may outlast their mother ship! See Cygnet at our website.

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