The on-again, off-again saga of Palm Beach Cruise Line’s MV PALM BEACH PRINCESS (ex ILMATAR, VIKING PRINCESS) seems to have come to an end.  The ship, plagued by mechanical issues and recent bankruptcy proceedings, departed Palm Beach, FL for possible lay up at Freeport and a very uncertain future.  The 1964-built, 6,659 gt vessel was originally a pioneering Wartsila-built ferry for Finska Angfartygs and was later enlarged and converted for cruising and ultimately day cruise service.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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