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It a tough one for me if I choose from thoseI have sailed on.....it's a toss-up betweenSAL's Gripsholm of 1957 and HAL's NieuwAmsterdam of 1938. If you are asking for afavorite asthetically, my answer would bedifferent. Can you be more specific withyour question>
But an all-time favorite? It's hard to say, since most of them I have only seen in pics. But it would have to be the EMPRESS OF BRITAIN of 1931. She seems to be the most ignored of all the big liners from the 30's. That said, the REX (of course) had to be one of the most beautiful of all time, as was her running mate CONTE DI SAVOIA. So those are my three.
She made her debut in 1969 and since then has become the world's favorite ship (and best known) She is over 70 000 tons heavy, 963 feet long, 13 stories high, the fastest ship in service and a proud Cunard liner.
She will carry the Cunard name proudly through the 21st century.
Why I like her --- well visit: http://www.qe2.cjb.net/
That pretty much explains it To put it simply - she is the most amazing experience any person could have.
Great choices!!!! The Rotterdam V was indeedvery special.....as was Normandie.
I, too, liked Michelangelo/Raffaello...theydid have a certain dash. I had the privilegeof sailing on them back in '65, their firstsummer and several times after. InternallyI liked Raffaello better, but I think Miche-langelo was probably the more popular. Ieven got to like those strange funnels aftera while. The last time I crossed with themwas in '73 on the Raffaello......by that timestandards had slipped.....food-wise and shipmaintainance-wise. Such a sad ending forthese two liners......
I will send a full report when I get back from my trip , whit pictures if possible!!!!!
Interesting choices for favorite ships ifyou are thinking of them externally...theREX with her oddly spaced funnels and theEMPRESS OF BRITAIN with her overly largefunnels. From what I've seen in pictures,her interiors were magnificent. The REX'stoo were very special as seen in photos.I never liked her stern though.
From the fabulous "Chambord" resturant to the little "Club Atlantique" bar, the France was First Class when the term meant more than just more-luxurious accomodations!
Food, service everything. Yes, my wife and I traveled first on QE2, which comes in second in this classification, but remember, there is no word for "ambiance" in the English language. (or is there?)
I am still lamenting the passing of "LeFrance". I first traveled as a student in"la classe touriste" and then later with myparents, grandparents, and still later on myown in "la premiere classe"...."Le Chambord"was truly exceptional....I loved "le fumoir"later renamed "le salon riviera" and so manyof the nooks and cozy spots as the fog, rain,wind, and waves let us know we were on anocean greyhound crossing that sometimesextraordinary body of water. I love crossingon QE2, but it's not quite the same as"le France".
KruzinKat & Renegade4
She is the best cruise / liner in the world and also has the bonus of being a true liner.
I also like Seabourn Sun and the Seabourn Pride... Hence my nickname!
Normandie - unbelievably ahead of her time in style and grace. I love the France as well, but she has many of the lines of the Normandie.
Michelangelo and Raphaelo
Rotterdam V (and Canberra)
In my opionion the Normandie would be my first choice for all around great liner,however, each time I look at the Conte di Savoia I am taken with her beauty. The simetry and balance of her design both forthe hull and superstructure is second to none. When I think of all the great linersand find myself trying to choose just oneit's kind of like trying to pick a favoritepiece of music, there is a place in my heartfor a lot and not just one.
Cruising is my favorite holiday. I've been on over 20 cruises (I've lost count) but I just returned from a Greek Island cruise on the Renaissance One. That's a nice ship!
There is no way to know if your crossing will be smooth or rough. I have crossed many times.....sometimes it's like a pond, othertimes very rough as soon as you're in theocean.....other times it's a combination. Iwouldn't worry about it.....just go with theflow.....it really is pleasant when it'sa little rough.....that's all part of thea crossing.
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