Brooks Bros. collection for the new film The Great Gatsby – very 1929 cruising fashion…
The First Class Lounge on board MS Kungsholm – by many regarded as one of the most beautiful rooms afloat.
The MS Kungsholm (II)/Italia – 1928 – 1965
Her gross registered tonnage was 21,256 and her passenger capacity 1,544.
The Kungsholm inaugurated cruises for SAL on January 19, 1929, when she first visited the Caribbean.
The chic liner made many trans-Atlantic crossings and cruises out of New York. Exceptional Swedish service, cuisine and atmosphere helped propel SAL to a first class operation until it went out of business in the 1970s.
On January 20, 1940, the Kungsholm made the first South Seas Cruise.
In February 1941, J. D. Salinger (the famous author – Catcher In The Rye) took a position on the entertainment staff of the M.S. Kungsholm, touring the Caribbean for nineteen days. Upon leaving the ship, Salinger attempts to join the army but is deferred due to a minor heart irregularity. During the summer, he begins a romantic relationship with Oona O’Neill, daughter of the playwright Eugene O’Neill.
The Kungsholm was taken over by the U.S. government on December 12, 1941. On January 2, 1942, the Swedish flag was lowered and the American flag was raised as the vessel was named John Ericsson.
During World War II John Ericsson served with distinction as a troop transport in the Pacific, the Mediterranean, as well as during the invasion of France in 1944.
She was repurchased by SAL in 1947 and operated by the Home Lines as the Italia. While in Swedish American Line service, the Kungsholm carried 82,745 transatlantic passengers and 58,779 cruise passengers.