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S.S United States to make a comeback

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I don’t really know much about S.S United States but Crystal Cruises are planning to resurrect what was once America’s largest, speediest and most glamourous cruise ship. Crystal Cruises are certainly set out to live up to their statement of changing cruising as we know it and there’s more about this announcement here.

 

Do you think this is one step too far from Crystal Cruises or do you think it’s a move in the right direction? I've seen a few mixed opinions elsewhere...

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It's very interesting! I think it's great that they are revitalising a piece of history, will be interesting to watch the developments.

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I remember her well from my childhood holiday days in the 50's, a' dream-ship' perhaps, but I've not seen her now in many years, 2003 perhaps? Bedraggled and totally unloved in Philadelphia, and she really was already, in a very sorry state then.

 

Celebrity cruises allegedly have many of her Crystal panels, adorning some of their Premium revenue restaurants, so that might take some sorting out too?

 

It's a big and expensive ask off any cruise line, and technology has move on a thousand fold since then. So how would she ever be viable? Much as I would love to see her gleaming dark blue hull in the Solent again, it's all well beyond my comprehension.

Similar aspirations have come and gone for QE2, but she still lies, slowly rotting, rusting away, unloved in Dubai. 

 

As someone else has already hinted at, SS United States, was never economic, built purely to wrest away the Blue Riband from Cunard's original Queen Mary.

But a certain Boeing B707 had the legs of them both, and their days were sadly numbered.

Such is progress??

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possibly a step to far!! I'm sure it would cost many millions to bring it up to standard and by virtue of the lack of balconies it may proove unpopular to the cruising masses

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Hi   It's certainly a bold initiative by Crystal and it may be that the cost of the enormous restoration may mean that idea will not be pursued further.  However, a few active members on this forum have expressed their wishes for a more traditional cruise style and this vessel would definitely meet their wishes as well as those of the richer cruise passengers around the world.   I suspect it would be priced at the top end of the luxury cruise market which is certainly a niche market, however, this sector is not subject to the downturn in the economy which the mainstream cruise lines are often victims.  I would like to see the project get the go ahead as any new cruise style is a welcomed addition to the market.

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