Since December 1st. 2003       

Last update March 2014

Website by Paul Timmerman

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New!  Largest update ever, 15 cruiseships covered in over 2800 interior photographs! (see below....)

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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. She is not in immediate danger to be sent to the scrappers anymore after being purchased from former owners NCL which had abandoned their plans to operate her as a cruise ship in American waters. The United States Conservancy is working desperately to save this historic ocean liner. developing plams to operate the United states as a hotel/ conference/ leusure 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:

  • SS United States Conservancy, a Federal 501c3 non-profit organization and current owner of the SS United States
  • And please follow this link to learn how you can explore the ship and contribute to this noble cause:


  • "Save the United States", an online interactive education and fundraising initiative of the SS United States Conservancy

    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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                            SPECIAL EVENTS


    February 20th 2009

    Aidaluna the day before she left Meyer Werft for her journey down the river Ems. Click on picture to go to the Aidaluna photo series.

    September 27th, 2008

    Celebrity Cruises new Celebrity Solstice at her builders yard the day before she left for outfitting in Eemshaven, the Netherlands. Click on picture to view more....... 

    August 4th, 2008

       Click on picture to go the Rotterdam homecoming photopage.

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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,






    Largest update ever, 14 cruiseships covered in over 2800 interior photographs!

    Photographs added of  RCCL ships Adventure of the Seas, Independence of the Seas and Vision of the Seas,  Costa's Costa Deliziosa, Costa Magica, Costa Luminosa , Costa neoRomantica and Costa Pacifica. Als o Aida ruises aidaBella, Celebrity Constellation of Celebrity Cruises, Cunards'famous Queen Mary 2 , NCL´s Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Sun , MSC Cruises'  MSC Opera, and finally Princess Cruises'Ocean Princess are included in this update.


                                      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 - 2010


                                     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.


                                Former Ancerville/ Minghua now in use as the completely landlocked hotel and leisure centre Seaworld in Shenzhen, China                    


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

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    Copyright of all text and photographs (unless stated otherwise):  ©  Paul Timmerman