The Cunard Princess (pictured above), was built in 1975 by Burmeister & Wain in Denmark as the Cunard Conquest, but was renamed during the build process to the Cunard Princess.

The ship was originally ordered for Overseas National Airways, along with a sister vessel (Cunard Conquest), and were intended to be "floating Playboy resorts," with Hugh Hefner involved.

Both ships had an informal concept, and Cunard purchased them during the build process, keeping the general informal idea.

Once the main construction was finished, Cunard Line opted to send the ships to Italy for interior installations.

During the Gulf War the Cunard Princess was chartered to the United States to use as a recreational facility for troops, and was stationed off of Bahrain.

Later in her career the ship was sold to MSC Cruises, and sailed as the Rhapsody. MSC sold the 16,852-ton, 959-passenger vessel to Mano Maritime in 2009, where she became (and still is) the Golden Iris.


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