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Old 06-22-2005, 07:27 AM
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Hello everybody,

I`m searching for a man called Per Kornelius Eklund who was employee in a high position on the Royal Viking Sky from the 1970`s until the 1980`s.
Apparently he was captain on the Royal Viking Sky in 1986.
The line travelled Norway-USA and back. He has a Norwegian nationality and apparently lives in the US right now because he got a Green Card recently.
Please, if someone knows this man, let me know!

I know that the Royal Viking Line doesn`t exist anymore.
I would be very grateful for any information about the different ships of the Royal Viking Line and where they have been sold to.
Any information is very welcome!

Thanks a lot,
Daniel
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:55 AM
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Hello Daniel,

welcome to Cruise-Chat.com.

While I am unfortunately unable to help you with your inquiry re Mr. Eklund, here's what happened with the RVL ships.:

- "Royal Viking Star": became "Westward" (NCL) in 1991, then transfered to Royal Cruise Line ("Star Odyssey") in 1994. Sold to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 1996, renamed "Black Watch". The ship continues to operate and has just - only a couple of days ago - emerged from a multi-million dollar refurbishment at Blohm + Voss shipyard, which included a complete replacement of the ship's propulsion system.
- "Royal Viking Sky": became "Sunward" (NCL) in 1991. Sold to Birka Line in 1992, renamed "Birka Queen", but chartered back to NCL as "Sunward" from October, 1992 to May, 1993. From June, 1993, chartered by Princess Cruises and renamed "Golden Princess". 1996 sold to Star Cruises, renamed "SuperStar Capricorn". 1998 chartered by Hyundai Merchant Marine of South Korea, renamed "Hyundai Kumgang". 2001 again "SuperStar Capricorn" with Star Cruises. In 2004 sold to Iberojet of Spain and renamed "Grand Latino". In January, 2005 sold to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, but chartered by Iberojet for the remainder of their 2005 saison. This upcoming fall, the ship will be extensively refurbished (it will also receive new engines, from what I have heard) and will join sister ship "Black Watch" operating as the "Boudicca" for Fred. Olsen from 2006.
- "Royal Viking Sea": became "Royal Odyssey" (Royal Cruise Line) in 1991. Renamed "Norwegian Star" in 1997 and used for NCL and later for an NCL joint-venture in Australia (Norwegian Capricorn Line). 2001 transferred to parent company Star Cruises, renamed "Norwegian Star 1" following the delivery of a new "Norwegian Star" from Meyer Werft. Laid up for most of the time. 2002 chartered and later acquired by an Asian casino operator, renamed "Crown". 2003 chartered by Spanish cruise operator under the marketing name "Mare Nostrum" (which never became the ship's official name, however). 2004 acquired by Dutch company Club Cruise which signed a long-term charter agreement with Phoenix Reisen of Germany, renamed "Albatros". This upcoming fall, the ship will receive new enginges, like its sister ships.
- "Royal Viking Sun": 1994 acquired by Cunard Line but continued to operate under her original name. 1999 tranfered to sister company Seabourn Cruise Line, renamed "Seabourn Sun". 2002 transfered to sister company Holland America Line, renamed "Prinsendam".
- "Royal Viking Queen": became "Queen Odyssey" (Royal Cruise Line) in 1995. Sold to Seabourn Cruise Line and renamed "Seabourn Legend" in 1996.
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Old 06-23-2005, 03:10 AM
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Dear Raoul,

thanks a lot for this very useful information!

Kind regards,
Daniel
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Old 06-24-2005, 06:15 AM
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Raoul
You really amaze me! Where do you come up with this excellent info? I don't think there has been a question you have not been able to answer yet. Amazing!
Tom
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Old 06-24-2005, 08:01 AM
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Tom,

it's not magic, but just a matter of having the right literature at hand.
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