Famous SS United States Up for Sale?
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I came to the United States as an immigrant on this beautiful liner in July of 1966, an incredible experience that I will never forget! I hope she's not sold for scrap, she's a piece of maritime history! And as far as I've read, her trans atlantic crossing speed record remains unbroken...I've read comments from quite a few folks who've immigrated via the SS United States, welcomed to America by the Statue of Liberty. Some stories of the arrival seem right out of an epic.
It's literally blocks from my home. I shote this photo for a friend last October and since I think it's more recent than the one in the article, I thought I'd share.Hey Steve -- thanks for posting that pic. I'm in awe every time I drive by her on the way to Ikea or Lowes... It would be a shame if she never sails again.
Hey Steve --I sure do remember you Mike! That was a fun cheap trip. Too bad you can only go to Bermuda from Philly now EXZCEPT for NCL Norwegian Dawn to NE/Canada. The NCL is cheap but the ratings are like 2 stars out of 5. And the Dawn is being sold in late fall - like the Empress was.
You may recall, we both sailed on Empress of the Seas in Oct 2007. I just noticed in your signature that you're sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale on March 8. So am I, but on Celebrity Solstice! Small world...
- Mike :-)
And the Dawn is being sold in late fallReally?, Since when? I havnt heard that one yet...
Really?, Since when? I havnt heard that one yet...Sorry: Not sure why I thought of the Dawn.
Sorry: Not sure why I thought of the Dawn.? didn't you travel on the Majesty last year and enjoyed it? We were on the Majesty and had a great time. I know its being sold. I have a reservation for 10/3!
But: re: Majesty: "Editor's Note: NCL's parent company Star Cruises has completed the sale of Norwegian Majesty to Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines. The last sailing for NCL will be a 14-night Southern Caribbean cruise from Philadelphia departing on November 1, 2009.
And the reviews for the Majesty were pretty poor especially room size (inside UNDER 98 sq ft.
If we can spend $30 million to save a mouse, certainly we could spend $20 million to save the most profound example of our trans-atlantic maritime history. Also, any restoration investment would actually create quite a few new jobs...A win, win!Don, ROTFL!! And I agree!
What do you expect from a company whose web site says "set sail for paradise aboard the youngest fleet on the planet."? From a company that has already unceremoniously scrapped another ship of state (the Norway/France)?My sentiments exactly. You put it in a nicer way than I could. I am "spittin' mad" but not surprised. In fact I expected it from them.
NCL bought this ship (only) to get an advantage in the Hawaiian market. Preserving this ship should have been one of the conditions for the competitive advantages they were subsequently granted by Congress.
Congress needs to revisit these concessions and the subsequent "sweetheart adjustments" that were pushed through afterwards. To me, a reasonable incentive would to tie breaking of this ship to repeal of the Jones Act...