The SS FRANCE arrives in port… 1960s…


SS France arriving during her heyday as one of the most elegant and grand ways to enjoy “crossing the pond” – from New York to Europe during the late 1960s…

SS France was a Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT, or French Line) ocean liner, constructed by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard at Saint-Nazaire, France, and put into service in February 1962.

At the time of her construction in 1960 she was the longest passenger ship ever built. France’s tonnage stood as a record until being broken by the MS Sovereign of the Seas in 1990, while her length of 316 meters remained unchallenged until the construction of the 345 meter RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004.

France was later purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) in 1979, renamed SS Norway and underwent significant modifications that better suited her for mid-market cruising duties – eliminating the first and tourist class operation. Much of her gracisous and elegant style was turned into a more mundane populace atmosphere. She was sold to be scrapped in 2006, and scrapping was completed in late 2008.

To read more about the France click here.

SS France docks in downtown Manhattan. No security lines, no body scanners, no t-shirts and cargo pants – just the only way to go.



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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