Since December 1st. 2003       

Website by Paul Timmerman

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Word about the still uncertain fate of the former speed queen SS UNITED STATES continues to circulate, after 40 years in lay up. For her maintenance and docking fees she is dependent on gifts and otherwise is in immediate danger to be sent to the scrappers.......... The United States Conservancy is working desperately to save this historic ocean liner. Developing plans to operate the United states as a hotel/ conference/ leisure center docked in one of the larger cities on the east coast of the US. The Conservancy is constantly working on making Americans aware how unique their iconic flagship really is. They are continiously encouraging individuals and organizations to sign on to the cause.  Everyone is encouraged to continue spreading the word about both the historic significance and current peril facing the US's national flagship if current plans to save her fail to materialize.

Of course cruiseshipodyssey supports their efforts!   

The Conservancy's website:

  • And please follow this link to learn how you can explore the ship and contribute to this noble cause:

    From May till September 2012, the Forbes galleries in New York has kindly hosted a marvellous exhibition about the ss United States, organized by the United States Conservancy. Here are a couple of pictures of it:


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                               Site Contents

                                  History of Cruising

    The history of cruising from the first cruise in 1867 until the present day



     In chronological order, some high- & lowlights in the cruise industry since 1960


    It is now possible to view video-clips of cruise ship interiors. Have a look on board Black Watch, Flamenco, Kristina Regina and Nordnorge

    Others will follow....                                

                                       Classic Photo Page   

    Interior photographs of classic cruise ships no longer in service

    Photo galleries of Albatros, Assedo, Canberra, Estonia, Fedor Shalyapin, Oriana, Regina Maris, Stefan Batory, Winston Churchill etc

     Go to the overview page "Classic Photo Page" or   from list

                 Last update   pictures added of Epirotiki Cruises tss Atlas   click picture

                                       Modern Photo Page   

    Interior photographs of cruise ships still in active service

    Photo galleries of over 60 ships,

    Here are just a few of them...


    NEW!! OASIS of the SEAS - the worlds largest cruise ship






                                      Classic Cruise Ships

                    Short histories of classic cruise ships taken into service before 1975

    Included are: Stella Polaris, Irpinia, Princesa Victoria, Romantica, Orpheus, Andes, Prince George, Independence, Baltic Star, Regent Star, Canberra, Funchal, Oceanbreeze, The Empress, Queen Elizabeth 2, The Azur,  etc 


                                      Modern Cruise Ships after 1975

                            Descriptions of modern cruise ships built after 1975

    Ships included: Melody, Royal Princess, Majesty o/t Seas, Seabourn Pride, Crystal Harmony, Statendam, Norwegian Dream & Wind,  Fascination, Splendour o/t Seas, Superstar Leo, Carnnival Triumph, Norwegian Sky, Costa Atlantica, Millennium, Sun Bay I, The World  

                                  Company Histories

      A description of the development of several cruise lines

    Included are Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Int., Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Costa Cruises.

                                  Todays Fleet

     A listing of all principal cruise lines and their ships

                                  Just Delivered

     An overview of cruise ships which entered service in 2004 - 2013


                                     Cruise Ships On Order

     Ships that will enter service in the coming years                       


                                      Retired Cruise Ships

      An overview of vessels retired, laid up, sunk or a victim of fire


                                    Short/ special cruises

      Some special cruises are covered in this chapter, like day cruises to various destinations or cruises/ express services to places off the beaten track.

    Stories about the day cruise from Bremerhaven/ Cuxhaven to the German isle of Helgoland and the majestic sailing ship Stad Amsterdam are included presently.


                                    Static Ships

    At the end of their active lives, some ships are lucky enough to escape the breakers yard. They start a new career in a static role: student accomodation ship Rochdale One, museum ship Cap San Diego, hotel/ restaurant vessel Diamond Princess and the former Royal Yacht Britannia are fine examples hereof.


                                NEW!! SS Great Britain, designed by famous naval architect Brunel and dating from 1845, she was the first steel passenger cargo ship driven by propellors. Now fully restored to her former glory, she serves as a museum in Bristol, UK.      

    And also added: photographs of the floating hotel Sunborn London in the Royal Victoria Dock, London


     Some interesting links to cruise lines; those concerning de luxe cruising, sail and expedition cruising and special interest cruising listed separately


                                      Famous liners of yesteryear


    First vessel featured: Titanic, a photopage of Titanic Quarter, Belfast: The Titanic museum, the slipway she was launched from, Titanic Dock where she as fitted out etc.

                                       Miscellaneous topics

    Miscellaneous topics, covering ships built at the shipyard, the ss Rotterdam coming home to it's home port Rotterdam, the Netherlands and so forth.


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