She undertook one further voyage via During the 19 a great deal of turmoil would happen to both the Achille Lauro and Flotta Lauro Lines, for we will see the end of the liner voyages to and from Australia and New Zealand, but not her final visit there, as she would return as a full time cruise ship later. However, it seems that whenever she is in a shipyard, she appears to be a plagued ship, for whilst work was underway, her forward superstructure, right up to the bridge was swept by fire on May 19, and she suffered considerable damage, it took five months before she able return to her duties again.
Her cruises gained more and more popularity with the majority of passengers being from As the first Chandris charter season was slowly coming towards an end of what had been an excellent first season, the Achille Lauro departed Genoa on October 3, 1985 for a 11-day cruise, visiting; Naples, Alexandria, Port Said, Ashdod, Limassol, Rhodes, Piraeus, Capri and then back to Genoa.
Onboard were 755 passengers and very quickly passengers onboard had settled into a happy routine of shipboard life.
And her husband upon hearing the news had a heart attack and passed away onboard, although no details is known regarding the third death.
Once again she had to be taken out of service for a short time.
Externally some significant changes made to this already beautiful ship, the most obvious being her new sharply raked bow, giving her an additional 12ft in length.