A Luxury Liner Once More?
The famed ocean liner SS United States could avoid the scrap yard with the announcement in February that a luxury cruise-ship line plans to renovate the vessel and return her to sea.
The 4 February announcement in Manhattan by the SS United States Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that owns the ship, and Crystal Cruises that the 64-year-old ship could return to transatlantic service from New York and other voyages from the city and additional American ports came as a surprise. The conservancy has been focused in the past few years on trying to return the 990-foot vessel, now mothballed in Philadelphia, to New York for a new life as a stationary attraction. But finding a developer willing to do that and a permanent site for the ship proved frustrating.
“We would be remiss if we would pass up an opportunity to restore such an important symbol of luxury travel and a bygone era of Americana,” said Crystal chief executive Edie Rodriguez.