S.S. AMERICA, S.S. UNITED STATES sailing on the 'All American' team to Europe

Cruise ship United States

Above: The dream retrofit  2010 – D Briedis, Novis,Timothy Cizadlo, MI Reilly-Collette, shipbucket.com

Below: The imaginary Norwegian retrofit – D Briedes, Novice, Titania68, shipbucket.com

In the 1970’s the cruise market took off and so did the hope that the United States could continue sailing as a cruise ship.
In the 1970’s the cruise market took off and so did the hope that she could resume her role as a cruise ship. Retired transatlantic passenger liners were a good buy and attracted cruise passengers who had never sailed on the transatlantic legends. In the late 1970’s, the Norwegian-flag shipping company Kloster Group sent a team of engineers to inspect the United States as well as the France. They found the France to be more suitable for conversion. Purchasing her for $18 million in June of 1979, Kloster spent another $130 million on a refit and renamed her Norway, a move that became one of the most successful conversions of the cruising age.

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Cruise ship United States.Seattle real estate developer Richard Hadley purchased the United States in September 1978, with plans to convert the liner into a super 1,500 passenger cruise ship. MORE
Describing Gibbs as a man “fascinated with engineering but with no interest in people,”Hadley referred to the interiors as “stark”, passengers’ accommodations as “mediocre” and crew quarters as “awful”.Promising the “the finest cruise ship in the world” Hadley’s interior renovations included seven dining rooms, (including the Blue Riband Dining Room), three pools, a full size tennis court, and cabins thirty-five to fifty percent larger than standard cruise ships. The exterior changed with the removal of all cargo handling gear, the addition of two topside decks, an extended deck aft, and a new front for the superstructure. Engine power would be emasculated with the shutdown of the forward engine room and removal of two propellers. The new decks pushed the ships weight up to 60,000 tons and the cost to over $220 million. About the only thing that would not change was the ship’s name. To finance the upgrade Hadley would invest $35 million; bank loans were to cover the $185 million balance. Hadley’s rigid ideas on everything from financing to staffing never matched the real world of running a shipping company. Unable to adjust his vision with reality the ship went into decline. Unpaid docking fees added up and creditors closed in. Hadley’ United States Cruises, Inc. filed for bankruptcy in February, 1992. And the ship went on the auction block.
Cruise ship United States 2016

Feb 2016:  Crystal Cruises plans to turn S.S. United States into an 800-passenger luxury liner with 400 suites that measure 350 square feet. Features of the original ship, such as the Promenade and Navajo Lounge, will be retained, even as the vessel’s mechanics are overhauled and modernized. The option to purchases is subject to the ship receiving a satisfactory environmental review. If positive the ship would be seaworthy by 2018.

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  1. Wally Quintrell

    I have deck plans and other passenger info from mid 60s. Was supposed to return to conus from Germany in 1966, but had to cancel. Any interest from anyone?

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