Crystal Cruises buys SS United States
Crystal Cruises with the SS United States Conservancy, announced it will save “America’s Flagship”, the SS United States, and embark on the enormous undertaking of bringing the ship into compliance with the latest standards, and returning her to oceangoing service.
During the announcement made at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City, Crystal Cruises also committed to covering all costs associated with preserving the ship while undertaking a technical feasibility study, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Ships transformation into United States by Crystal Cruises – what we know so far
- She will accommodate 800 guests
- 400 luxurious suites will be built
- Dining, entertainment, spa and other luxury amenities will be added
- The current Promenade will be retained
- The Navajo lounge will be kept and restored
- New engines and the latest marine technology will be added
- She will be the fastest cruise vessel in the world
- The ship will be 60,000 GRT
- She will operate transatlantic voyages from New York, World Cruises and other international voyages
“The prospect of revitalising the SS United States and re-establishing her as ‘America’s Flagship’ once again is a thrilling one. It will be a very challenging undertaking, but we are determined to apply the dedication and innovation that has always been the ship’s hallmark,” says Crystal President and CEO Edie Rodriguez. “We are honoured to work with the SS United States Conservancy and government agencies in exploring the technical feasibility study so we can ultimately embark on the journey of transforming her into a sophisticated luxury cruise liner for the modern era.”
SS United States history
The SS United States was launched in 1952 and captured the transatlantic speed record on her maiden voyage – a record to this day that still stands. She remains the largest passenger ship ever designed and built in America. Before her retirement in 1969, the SS United States was the most glamorous and elegant ship in the world, having transported four US presidents, international royalty, many of Hollywood’s “golden era” celebrities, as well as a million passengers. While the ship captivated travellers with its features and elegance, the ship’s origin was equally intriguing. She was designed as part of a top-secret Pentagon programme during the Cold War, which stipulated it could be quickly converted from a luxury liner into a naval troopship in the event of a war, carrying 15,000 troops with a 240,000 shaft horsepower propulsion plant capable of traveling 10,000 nautical miles – almost half way around the globe – without refueling.