OPINION

August 21, 1954

ROYAL CRUISE: London, 21 – According to an announcement from Naples, the descendants of Queen Victoria and their relations by marriage have invaded Naples today to take part in what is being called the cruise of the century. They have bypassed protocol in accordance with the wishes of the cruise’s organizers, King Pavlos and Queen Frederiki of Greece. More than 90 members of royal families of Europe leave tomorrow on the Agamemnon for an 11-day sea voyage. Nearly half the participants in this romantic cruise through the Greek islands are under the age of 30 and unmarried. Apart from King Pavlos, Queen Juliana and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, the rest of the passengers belong to royal houses that once ruled in Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. The Scandinavian monarchs of Sweden, Norway and Denmark are being represented by the younger members of their families. The cruise is being paid for by funds left by the late Greek shipowner Evgenidis, who gave Queen Frederiki the sum of 10,000 pounds sterling last year to promote tourism in Greece.