SS UNITED STATES – 1952 – Five Nights at Sea – from New York to Europe – First Class fares $350 and up…


sus.jpgIn 1952 the United States Lines advertised the July 3 maiden voyage of the new SS UNITED STATES. First Class fares started at $350 or $70 a night including deluxe accommodations, meals and transportation from New York to Europe. Similar accommodations on any trans-Atlantic ship today would be way over $350 a night. The SS AMERICA offered first class fares starting at $295. Both ships had tourist class fares for $165 or $33 a night. As Cole Porter wrote… “Times Have Changed…”unitedstatesline.jpg
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SS United States
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Flying Bridge 360°
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Engine Room 360°
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Across Time 360°
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Grand Staircase 360°

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About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…

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