JusMe
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Crystal Cruise line to acquire the SS United States

Crystal announces that they will take over the SS United States.

 

http://blog.crystalcruises.com/yes-another-exciting-announcement-ceo-hint-star-spangled/

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JusMe
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I for one am happy that this ship of history is being saved by Crystal Cruise Line.  NCL had looked into this years ago and did not go through with it.   I am much happier that she goes to Crystal so the SSUS can keep her class and status of being the best of the best.

 

I will book a cruise on her when she is back into service.

JCOAKML
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I was thinking about this ship today and searched the history here first before posting a new thread.  

 

Crystal Cruises backed out of their proposal to buy and restore SS United States to glory.  What do you all think should be done now?  I'd love to see the ship restored but doesn't look like it's going to happen.  The ship looks worse each passing year.  As terrible as it sounds I think they should give it up for scrap instead of letting it sit there rusting and rotting.  Put it out of it's misery.  Something should have been done a long time ago.  I think it's too late now.

BAK1061
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The story is from 2016.  I'm pretty sure Crystal realized how expensive it would be to restore and stepped away from the table.

JCOAKML
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Yes I know.  I was searching the history here and thought it interesting so brought it forward to discuss the current status.  Doesn't look like anyone's interested though.  No biggie.  

 

Kennicott
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Would be nice if they didn't have to scrap her. The largest problem proponents of saving legacy ocean liners have is space. Waterfront real estate is at a super premium, particularly anywhere close to a US metropolitan area. The Queen Mary at Long beach is an excellent example of how expensive it is to maintain a liner like that as a hotel, a museum, shopping maul and historic artifact. Even Disney lost their butt trying.

 

It has been in wet dock now since 1969, courtesy US tax payers and philanthropists. As a result of the million dollar survey of it that Crystal just accomplished it proves out to be in pretty good condition for its age. But the steam turbines, shafts and quadruple screws along with the boilers will have to be replaced, which means a massive rebuilding of over 25% of the hull. It is by far and away the fastest passenger ocean liner ever but the steam turbines played a big part in achieving that speed, average 35 knots on the North Atlantic. More than likely the fastest ever then and into the future. She was also built using considerable amounts of aluminum alloy which made her 30,000 tons lighter than the Queen Elizabeth which was only 40 feet longer.

 

She is only 53,330 gross tons in size which places her slightly over the small ship category of today's vessels. More importantly, she was constructed with fire prevention being the number one consideration, as a consequence her cabins are spartan, with no wood except in the butchers blocks and pianos. Even oil paintings were prohibited due the fire hazard. She was built to be converted into a high speed troop transport. According to initial specifications this could be accomplished in 48 hours in order to accommodate 15,000 troops.

 

My guess is that even if someone spends a small fortune on the ship to make it compatible with today's luxury standards it would receive much less than raving reviews. The novelty of traveling on such an historic vessel well soon diminish and even the most patriotic will be unwilling to shill out the necessary bucks in order to book passage on her.     
ctav
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Well shoot. That bubble burst before it got fully inflated. 

glomarrone
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If not Crystal, I hope that some other cruise line can save her. 

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