Here's a Princess vessel they didn't seem to want to mention, LOL.
Story: "In 1901, the newly formed Canadian Pacific Railway Coast Service wanted a steamship to meet the high demand for traffic on the route to southeastern Alaska, but did not want to wait for a year or more to build a new ship. The ship then operating under the name Hating (or Ha-Ting), was available and renamed. On August 5, 1910, Princess May, having departed from Skagway under the command of Captain MacLeod with 80 passengers, 68 crew, and a shipment of gold, was proceeding south down Lynn Canal in heavy fog. At a speed of about 10 knots, the ship ran aground on rocks near the north end of Sentinel Island, where there was a US lighthouse station. It was high tide (the tidal range being about 16 feet at this point) and the momentum of the ship forced it well up onto the rocks, with the bow jutting upward at an angle of 23 degrees.This produced a number of photographs of the ship's predicament which were sold all over the west coast.
A wireless message sent âS.S. PRINCESS MAY SINKING SENTINEL ISLAND; SEND HELP.âThe close proximity of Sentinel Island allowed a safe place to evacuate the passengers and crew, as well as land the gold shipment and the mail for safekeeping.The largest hole was about 50 feet long and 18 inches wide. The engine rooms were flooded, and the ship could not move on its own. Temporary shipways were built and rocks were blasted, and after several previous attempts failed, on September 3, 1910, the salvors were able to refloat the ship and tow it to port."
As cruising took hold, for years, most cruise ships were converted Trans-Atlantic liners or just plain cargo/passenger liners that previously were used for common carriage transport. It seems that many lines claim to have had the first ship built just for cruising but the German "Prinzessin Victoria Luise" gets the nod for the very first ship built only for cruising, and that occurred at turn of the 20th century.
We cruised at least four times on the original Royal Princess, including on her farewell voyage. She was christened and named after Diana, Princess of Wales. She is reportedly the very first ship built with no inside cabins, in 1984.
My favorite Trans Atlantic liner was the Normandy. She was the fastest on the north Atlantic when war ll broke out in Europe. Like the two Queens, Elizabeth and Mary, the Normandy was also forced to terminate operations and tie up in New York. Unfortunately, as these three huge vessels were being converted to troop ships, the Normandy caught fire and sank in the harbor.