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21,406 GRT, loa 185m, 929 passengers. She was built by Betlehem Steel, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA in 1952 as the Free State Mariner as a freighter for the US Marine Coprs. She was sold to Matson Lines in 1955, rebuilt into a passenger ship and used on the service from San fransisco to Australia. She also sailed on Matsons traditional voyages to Hawaii. Matson sold her in 1970 to Pacific Far East Line who continued to use her in the Pacific. In 1978 she was laid up and changed hands several times whilst laid up. At last, in 1988 she returned to service for Aloha Pacific Cruises who had her rebuilt into a full time cruise ship. Alas, the company went bankrupt within a year and she disappeared into lay up again, this time for almost two years. Then, the Italian cruise line Star Lauro at first chartered and later purchased her when she proved very succesful in Mediterranean cruise service. Star Lauro later transformed into MSC Cruises. In 2006, Monterey suffered boiler problems. MSC decided not to have her repaired and she was sold for scrap.

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The MONTEREY was built by Bethlehem Steel of Quincy, Massachusetts in 1952 as the "Mariner" class cargo ship FREE STATE MARINER and completely rebuilt at Willamette Steel in Portland, Oregon in 1956 as the deluxe 365 passenger liner MONTEREY for Matson Line's South Seas service. She and her twin sister MARIPOSA (ex PINE TREE MARINER) were designed by Gibbs and Cox with a streamlined profile and somewhat spartan MidCentury tiki-inspired stylings that were perfect for their Pacific service.

With the sales of the LURLINE in 1963 and LURLINE (ex MONTEREY, MATSONIA) in 1970, MONTEREY and MARIPOSA gradually undertook Matson's Hawaii service in addition to long cruises from the West Coast until being transferred to Pacific Far East Line in 1972. Under PFEL, they sported deep blue funnel liveries with a California "golden bear" logo, possibly their best look of all. The twin "M's" remained virtually unchanged, carrying on in cruise service until their U.S. subsidies ran out in 1976. They were laid up at San Francisco, then Alameda until MARIPOSA was sold to China in 1983 to become JIN JIANG (she was broken up at Alang in 1996 as HENG LI) for Hong Kong to Shanghai voyages. MONTEREY lingered longer, until finally being purchased for Aloha Pacific Cruises deluxe Hawaii service. This entailed a rebuilding at Tacoma with an aircraft carrier-style extension of her promenade (both fore and aft) and an internal outfitting at Abo, Finland in 1988, expanding her capacity to 661. Her return to Hawaii was less than successful and the company went bankrupt within six months. MONTEREY was subsequently sold to Star Lauro, which became MSC Cruises after the loss of ACHILLE LAURO in 1994.

Under MSC, the MONTEREY was immaculately maintained and very popular although a complete fleet modernization in the early 2000s meant she was on borrowed time. In her latter years, only the Library (last used as an internet room) and the beautiful promenades were recognizeable (although the handsome teak decking was a latter day addition that would never have been approved by Gibbs and Cox when the ship was in American service). Aside from a few anodized aluminum and glass doors, her cinema, wonderful stairtower tiki column (removed by MSC before her final sale), some fittings in the cabins and the fixtures in the bridge, very little was left of the once chic ex-Matson Liner when she steamed off to Alang in late 2006 as MONTE

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The liner was ordered in 1938 to replace the aging ships on the Dutch East Indies route, her keel was laid in 1939 at De Schelde shipyard in Vlissingen, Netherlands, for Rotterdamsche Lloyd . Interrupted by World War II and two bombing raids, the ship was not launched until July 1946 as the Willem Ruys. The ship was named after the grandson of the founder of the Rotterdamsche Lloyd who was taken hostage and shot during the war.

Willem Ruys was completed in late 1947. At that time, the Rotterdamsche Lloyd had been granted a royal prefix in honor of its services during the war. Willem Ruys was 192 metres in length, 25 metres in beam, had a draught of 8.9 metres, and measured 21,119 gross register tons.

Eight Sulzer engines drove two propellers. She could accommodate 900 passengers. She featured a superstructure very different to other liners of that era: Willem Ruys pioneered low-slung aluminium lifeboats, within the upper-works flanks. In 1964, she was sold to the Flotta Lauro Line, or Star Lauro, (now MSC Cruises) and renamed the Achille Lauro (after the company owner). Extensively rebuilt and modernized after an August 1965 onboard explosion, the Achille Lauro entered service in 1966 carrying passengers to Sydney, Australia. The ship played a role in evacuating the families of British servicemen caught up in the Six Day War, arriving in Cairo on June 1, 1967. The Achille Lauro was converted to a cruise ship in early 1972, during which time shesuffered a disastrous fire. A 1975 collision with the cargo ship Youseff resulted in the sinking of the latter, and another onboard fire in 1981 took her out of service for a time. She was laid up in Tenerife when the Lauro Lines went bankrupt in 1982 .

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Built : Between January, 1939 - July, 1946 by N.V. Koninklijke Maats De Schelde Shipyard, Vlissingen, Netherlands.

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Beam: 24.9 m

Draft: 8.6 m

Gross Tonnage: 23112 tons

Passengers: 1600

Power: 8 Diesels powering 2 props.

Service Speed: 22 knots

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Steamship Sunday – The Matson Twins: Mariposa and Monterey

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I n the early post-World War II years, Matson Lines struggled to regain its equilibrium as it converted from a war time logistics operation back to its traditional role as a carrier of freight and passengers to Hawaii and the Pacific. Then came Korea. After the Korean “conflict” wound down, Matson at last was able to hit its stride once again. The Matson flagship  Lurline was busy taking passengers to and from Hawaii and other Pacific destinations, shuttling weekly between San Francisco or Los Angeles to Honolulu.

“The Grand Manner of Matson” was the Company slogan. The company had done much to cultivate tourist travel to Hawaii. Matson opened the Royal Hawaiian hotel on Waikiki Beach in 1927. Two new Matson hotels were built on Waikiki in the 1950s, the SurfRider in 1951 and the Princess Kaiulani in 1955. In 1955, Matson undertook a $60 million shipbuilding program which produced the South Pacific liners Mariposa and Monterey . The ’30’s-vintage   Monterey , sister to the flagship Lurline , was renamed Matsonia and worked the Pacific Coast – Hawaii service with Lurline . The new twins, Mariposa and Monterey , were built for the South Pacific routes. Thus in the 1950s, Matson’s efforts bore fruit and the company was the preferred carrier to Pacific ports of call.

“We didn’t know how good we were,” remembered Roger Hall, then working in Matson’s sales department. “We never put our people on other ships. There were no comparisons. We were very good. Simply, we were the Cunard of the Pacific!”

Matson was well known for its loyalist passengers, fine accommodations and superb cuisine and service. One of the great marks in travel in the 1950s until the early ‘60s was to “sail Matson”.

“The midnight buffets, for example, were true extravaganzas complete with lavish ice carvings,” added Hall. “Knives were sharpened before a chef made each sandwich. There were hors d’oeuvre at every bar. Passengers were remembered by name and by preference. Expectedly, many guests came year after year voyage after voyage.”

As we have previously seen, Lurline was one of a total of four Matson “White Ships”    built between 1927 and the early 1930s for the company’s Pacific passenger trade. Included in the ’30s-vintage ships were the previously mentioned  Monterey and Mariposa . The fourth ship was  M atsonia.  which had entered service in 1927 as the  Malolo.

Post-war,  Lurline was refitted and modernized. The older  Mariposa and  Matsonia were retired and (in a somewhat confusing name shuffling),  Monterey was refitted, modernized and re-named  Matsonia .

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Above : The new Monterey leaves San Francisco on her maiden voyage in 1956. Below : She has cleared the Golden Gate Bridge and heads into the Pacific.

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To take advantage of its growing tourist business, Matson purchased two C4-S-1a  Mariner -class freighters from the Maritime Administration. The Mariner class was a traditional house/engine-room center vessel, with 4 hatches forward and 2 aft.  In the early 1950s, at 563 feet in length and with a speed of 20 knots, the high speed single screw Mariner- class freighters were the size and speed of moderate size passenger liners. Matson was one of the first to realize this and saw the economy of converting the two freighters to passenger service rather than building two ships from the keel up. The two freighters had been used during the Korean war for logistical support. Monterey was built by Bethlehem Steel of Quincy, Massachusetts in 1952 as Free State Mariner.  She was completely rebuilt at Willamette Steel in Portland, Oregon in 1956 for Matson Line’s South Seas service. She and her twin sister Mariposa (ex PineTree Mariner ) were designed with a streamlined profile and outfitted with Mid Century tiki-inspired furnisings that were perfect for their Pacific service.  Known for excellent service and cuisine and carrying only 365 first-class passengers, Monterey and Mariposa  quickly developed a following.

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Mid Century Modern furnishings in the staterooms of  Monterey  and  Mariposa

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But with the advent of jet airliner travel times were changing for Matson and all other passenger ship lines. The 31-year-old Lurline was sold in 1963, raising the Greek colors as the Ellinis for Chandris Lines. Placed in low-fare around-the-world immigrant and tourist service, her capacity was more than doubled, from 760 to 1,642. When  Lurline  was sold after developing engine problems Matson decided they couldn’t economically repair, the 1930s Monterey/Matsonia was renamed Lurline as she was a twin to  Lurline  and, because just as the U.S. Navy has almost always had a  Hornet in the fleet, Matson had almost always had a  Lurline.

“By 1967, this  Lurline (formerly Monterey/Matsonia ), then 35 years old, was having mechanical problems,” noted Roger Hall. “Even with her big refit and modernization of 1956-57, she was still a ship of the 1930s. She still had a writing room, for example. She was aging, becoming more difficult to run and maintain. And the Hawaiian trade itself was changing.”

“Inter-island trade in Hawaii was growing in popularity,” he said. “We began offering more 3-week trips, touching on the other islands. We also began noting that more passengers wanted to go west than east. More and more of them wanted to fly back to the mainland. After the outbound voyage, they wanted to get home in a hurry! We actually tried different passage rates, as set for westbound and a different set for eastbound. We even tried to lure the Japanese onboard the Lurline and went so far as to offer Japanese food. The Mariposa and Monterey were still popular, however. They were intimate and very luxurious, and offered an outstanding 42-day cruise with great ports of call. But there were additional, mounting problems. There were no less than 11 unions involved for each ship and the gap was widening between management and labor.”

By the late ‘60s, Matson was struggling again, faced with aging ships and neither the money nor the interest in replacing them.

“We began offering more diverse cruises, such as 14 days from San Francisco up to Alaska or down along the Mexican Riviera,” concluded Roger Hall. “We even did some long cruises, such as around South America. We had the first big liner to go into the Galapagos and with which Prince Philip, then heavily involved in the International Wildlife Foundation, helped with the final authorization to land. Hall added, “By 1970, the desperately needed operating subsidies from Washington for our passenger ships expired. Nineteen cents of every dollar had been subsidized. Management was pushed against the wall. The Lurline  (ex  Monterey/Matsonia)  was soon sold to Chandris as well, becoming the Britanis in 1970, while the twins Mariposa and Monterey went to Pacific Far East Line, PFEL as it was called, for another seven or so years’ of service as US-flag liners. Thereafter, Matson looked only to its freight operations. They had been a wonderful passenger liner company.”

The Mariposa was subsequently sold, then reactivated in 1983 as the Chinese-owned Jinjiang and later Queen of Jing Jiang and finally Heng Li . She was scrapped in 1996. The Monterey was sold to the short-lived Aloha Pacific Cruises in 1986, but survived for only another four years in Hawaiian cruising before being sold, in 1990, to Star Lauro Cruises (and later Mediterranean Shipping Co) of Italy, but using the Panamanian flag and all while retaining her original Matson name. Outdated, she was finally scrapped (as the provisionally renamed Monte ) in late 2006.

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Monterey  off Waikiki

The scrapping of  Monterey  was the end of a remarkable chapter in America’s once-proud ship-building industry, and the last reminder of a vibrant and glamorous era of luxury trans-oceanic travel, now replaced by airlines and cruises.

The Monterey  and her sister ship Mariposa  was like family to the thousands of mostly American passengers. The ships kept afloat the tradition of the “Grand Manner of Matson” that four older vessels had started back in 1927 on their weekly sailings to Hawaii –  voyages that opened up the Islands and the South Seas to mainstream tourism from the United States.

In their prime, Monterey and Mariposa embarked every six weeks on roundtrip voyages from San Francisco to Sydney, via Los Angeles, Honolulu, Pape’ete, Auckland, Suva and Pago Pago. These liners provided a travel experience that was everything the brochures promised and more, combining high American standards of service with a casual Polynesian style that complemented the tropical ports of call. The twins cruised at a swift 20 knots, a speed needed to make their schedule between remote and distant islands.

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Above : This Matson ad appeared in newspapers and magazines in Australia and New Zealand. You’ll recognize the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline depicted here. Below : The same image but with different  text touted the Matson twins for South Pacific destinations.

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For maritime historian and journalist Peter Knego of Moorpark, Calif., the retirement of the Monterey was especially poignant. “Her end closed a brilliant chapter in Matson Line history,” Knego said.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area when Monterey and Mariposa were in their prime, Knego remembers watching them sail to and from the historic Matson pier on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. This, like Pier 10 beneath the Aloha Tower in Honolulu, was the site of countless stirring Matson White Ship alohas – the whistle blasting, the orchestra playing, streamers flying between the ship and the gallery along the pier.

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Monterey and Lurline under the Aloha Tower at Honolulu’s Pier 10

Fulfilling a childhood dream to sail on a cruise ship, Knego booked passage aboard the Monterey, not knowing when he booked it that it was her last passenger-carrying cruise –  on the Mediterranean, where she operated in relative obscurity for an Italian cruise line. He was pleased to see that while refurbished and modernized, the ship still featured many of its original Polynesian-style fittings.

In fact, it was an aging boiler that finally did the Monterey in, dooming her to the scrap yard – the ship was otherwise in good condition. Knego pointed out that unlike so many vintage liners, the Monterey ‘s end came without the suffering and decay that usually precedes a ship’s end. “She ended her career on a high note,” he said.

The heyday of the Monterey and   Mariposa was the twilight of Matson’s passenger-ship era, which had its origins in the 1880s. Originally intended as an offshoot of Matson’s sugar and freight-carrying business, passengers became profitable for Matson as Hawaii’s population and economy expanded. Matson launched its first great liner, the Malolo (later known as the first  Matsonia ) in 1927, to coincide with the opening of Matson’s then-new Royal Hawaiian hotel.

As pointed out previously, three similar “White Ships” followed in the early 1930s: the first Mariposa and Monterey , and the Lurline . The White Ships’ momentum continued until World War II, when all four liners became troop transports, carrying tens of thousands, their lanai suites and posh ballrooms completely gutted.

After the war, the ships needed overhauls. But high costs forced Matson to sell two of them, keeping the Lurline  to resume the California-Hawaii trade. The South Pacific had no regular American ship service for a decade until Matson commissioned the new Monterey and Mariposa in 1956.

Everything about the new ships was first-class. Some of America’s finest artists and designers were hired to create a Polynesian motif for their interiors – everything from the artwork in the staterooms and on menus to the main public rooms, the Southern Cross Lounge and the Polynesian Club.

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The Southern Cross Lounge

The spiffy new ships featured the latest technology (air conditioning!), and were proud to be the first ships on any ocean to offer an all-female wait staff in the dining room. President Dwight Eisenhower even sent a telegram of congratulations, which was read at the Monterey ‘s christening.

Over the years, Hawaii was the primary beneficiary of the White Ships’ service. Not only did their regular visits provide substantial tourist revenue to the Islands, they also provided a direct, reliable link to the Mainland for Island residents.

Before the advent of jet airliners in the late 1950s, Matson liners were the luxurious way to go. Dazzling color ads appeared in national magazines. Hollywood stars were regular customers. The Honolulu newspaper Hawaiian Advertiser  wrote that:

“The Honolulu media of the day covered White Ship arrivals and departures, even printing full passenger lists in the early years.

The first arrival of the Monterey in Honolulu in 1956 was no exception. Bill Sewell was aboard ship that morning as senior assistant purser, and fondly remembered the welcome passengers and crew received after the five-day crossing from San Francisco, their first of many “Boat Day” arrivals at Aloha Tower.

“All the Honolulu newspapers and radio stations turned out for the occasion. It was front-page news,” he recalled in an interview shortly before his death at the age of 80 in California. “There were coin divers near the pier begging for coins … fire boats shooting water high in the sky, and flower girls came aboard with leis for everyone. It was a very exciting time.”

Sewell retired from Matson in the 1960s, having worked on all of Matson’s White Ships. Like many of his colleagues (and former passengers), Sewell had a deep loyalty to the ships. Many crew members stayed aboard the ships for their entire careers at sea, forging lifelong friendships with each other and with passengers. There were always plenty of repeat customers aboard each voyage, the old friendships adding to the perfect weather, fantastic food and happy times that accompanied each voyage.”

The Monterey and Mariposa remained popular through the 1960s, but the tide was beginning to turn. Fuel and labor costs, union rules, competition from new cruise lines and increasing trans-Pacific air service were among many new challenges. Matson also knew that the ships’ 25-year U.S. government subsidy (corporate welfare!) would be ending in 1978 (a federal law), and the company decided to exit the passenger ship business for good in 1970.

The Monterey and Mariposa were sold to the Pacific Far East Line in 1971. For seven years, they continued sailing on their old South Pacific routes with mostly the same crews and many of the same, loyal passengers. New cruises to Alaska, Europe and Asia were added, and the ships operated the first regular inter-island Hawaiian cruises in the mid 1970s. The Monterey even appeared in an episode of the “Hawaii Five-O” television series. The ships were as popular as ever.

But Pacific Far East Line faced the same challenges as Matson, and when Congress decided not to extend the ships’ subsidy, their service as U.S. flag liners effectively came to an end, as did the U.S. passenger-ship industry. The Monterey and Mariposa left Honolulu for San Francisco for the last time in 1978. The White Ship era was over.

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Above : menu covers from  Monterey  and  Mariposa

Below : Matson ads for the twin ships

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  1. Monterey (1952

    Star Lauro later transformed into MSC Cruises. In 2006, Monterey suffered boiler problems. MSC decided not to have her repaired and she was sold for scrap. 20 photographs, made in 2001 during a ship visit in Barcelona. Prev Monarch (1991 - 2020) Pullmantur Cruises.

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  3. The Achille Lauro story

    In 1964, she was sold to the Flotta Lauro Line, or Star Lauro, (now MSC Cruises) and renamed the Achille Lauro (after the company owner). Extensively rebuilt and modernized after an August 1965 onboard explosion, the Achille Lauro entered service in 1966 carrying passengers to Sydney, Australia. The ship played a role in evacuating the families ...

  4. MS Achille Lauro

    MS Achille Lauro was a cruise ship based in Naples, Italy.It was built between 1939 and 1947 as the ocean liner Willem Ruys for Royal Rotterdam Lloyd.In 1965 Achille Lauro bought the ship, had it converted into a cruise ship, and renamed it after himself. In 1985 it was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Front.. The ship was also involved in two serious collisions: in 1953 with ...

  5. MS Achille Lauro the Infamous October Cruise in 1985:

    The funnels were painted blue, with a traditional Flotta Lauro logo being a white star being added and the smoke dispersers were black. ... commencing on March 5, 1985. Little did anyone know that it would be in 1985 that the name of the cruise ship Achille Lauro would sadly entered the history books and etched into people's memories forever ...

  6. MSC Crociere Italiane (Flotta Lauro, StarLauro)

    MSC Cruises. Starlauro Cruises. Achille Lauro (Lauro: 1966-1987 - StarLauro: 1987-1994) Achille Lauro was the most famous member of the Flotta Lauro fleet, mainly due to her hijacking in 1985. She joined the fleet in 1966, originally as an emigrant carrier. She was restyled as a cruise ship in 1973.

  7. Shipping Line Histories

    As with fellow Dutch liner Willem Ruys / Achille Lauro, conversion was seriously delayed by a fire. Angelina Lauro finally re-entered service from Europe to Australia and New Zealand in 1966. In 1972 she became a full time cruise ship. In 1978 Angelina Lauro was chartered to Costa Line. The Willem Ruys had been sold to Achille Lauro in 1964.

  8. MS Achille Lauro

    On October 7, 1985 the Achille Lauro was employed on a ten-day cruise. She was supposed to call at Alexandria in order to allow passengers to go to Cairo, and then rejoining the ship at Port Said. ... In 1987, the Achille Lauro took on the Swiss flag, under the care of the Star Lauro company. Two years later, a movie was released called 'The ...

  9. MSC Cruises Confirms Galveston Home Port as Texas Continues Cruise Growth

    While the Aponte family acquired their first ship in 1970, the company only entered the cruise business in 1988 when it acquired Star Lauro, to help a fellow seafarer from Napoli, the Lauro family ...

  10. MSC Cruises

    The cruise line's origins arose from the unfortunate circumstances of an old family friend from Sorrento named Achille Lauro, who owned a cruise ship of the same name that was hijacked by the ...

  11. MS Achille Lauro

    MS Achille Lauro. MS. Achille Lauro. Sank on 2 December 1994 off the coast of Somalia due to fire on board. [2] The MS Achille Lauro was an Italian cruise ship registered in Naples and built between 1939 and 1947 in the Netherlands under the name of Willem Ruys. [4] It burned in the Indian Ocean off Somalia in 1994.

  12. A New Life for SS Monterey with MSC Cruises

    Aloha Pacific Cruises' Monterey 1987 to 1988. APC Cruises 2 … SS Monterey maiden voyage brochure, Deck Plan of the rebuilt ship & details re the companies end! Page Four … Monterey as a Star Lauro / MSC Cruises cruise ship. Page Five … Monterey - MSC- photographs from various sources. Page Six …

  13. Aloha Pacific Cruises

    APC Cruises … Aloha Pacific Cruises' Monterey 1987 to 1988. APC Cruises 2 … SS Monterey maiden voyage brochure, Deck Plan of the rebuilt ship & details re the companies end! Page Four … Monterey as a Star Lauro / MSC Cruises cruise ship. Page Five … Monterey - MSC- photographs from various sources.

  14. Starboard Cruise

    Sailing on more than 100 cruise ships worldwide, our retail shops offer irresistible duty-free shopping. But we don't just sell merchandise; we create unique shopping experiences for every guest on board. 8400 NW 36th Street Suite 600 Doral, FL 33166. Tel: 786-845-7300. About Us; Luxury; Our Partners; News; Careers; About Us; Luxury; Our ...

  15. Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises

    MSC Cruises grew out of Star Lauro, in 1995. Mr. Aponte continued to operate the MS Achille Lauro and bought a ship named the Atlantic (one of the "Big Red Boats"), which he renamed the MSC ...

  16. MSC Cruises

    MSC Cruises (Italian: MSC Crociere) is a Swiss-Italian global cruise line based in Geneva, with operations offices in Naples, Genoa and Venice.It was founded in 1970 in Naples, Italy, as part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). In addition to being the world's largest privately held cruise company, employing about 23,500 people worldwide and with offices in 45 countries as of 2017 ...

  17. Category:StarLauro Cruises

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  18. The Matson Twins: Mariposa and Monterey

    The Monterey was sold to the short-lived Aloha Pacific Cruises in 1986, but survived for only another four years in Hawaiian cruising before being sold, in 1990, to Star Lauro Cruises (and later Mediterranean Shipping Co) of Italy, but using the Panamanian flag and all while retaining her original Matson name.

  19. Swedish America Line Stockholm of 1948

    In 2015 she entered service with Cruise & Maritime Voyages, operating her first voyage with the line from Avonmouth Docks to the Caribbean in January 2015. From May 2016 until March 2017, the ship is on charter to French tour operator Rivages Du Monde. ... Star Lauro acquired the ship in 1989 and intended to have her refurbished as the ...

  20. Forgotten Strategy, Forgotten Ships

    According to the Maritime Administra­tion, vessels in this category include the Commodore Cruise Line ships Enchanted Isle (ex-Argentina) and Enchanted Seas (ex-Brazil), Star Lauro Cruises' Regent Rainbow (ex-Santa Rosa), and Regency Cruises' Monterey. Capacity of these ships is 2,956 passengers.

  21. CRUISE SHIPS: Star Lauro Cruises

    Originally founded as Lauro Lines by Achille Lauro, the company entered the cruise business in the 1960s.Operating two ships, the Angelina Lauro and MS Achille Lauro, both of which met fiery ends.After the Angelina Lauro burnt in the port of St.Thomas in 1979, Lauro Lines, also called Flotta Lauro, met bad times. Now operating just one ship, the Achille Lauro.

  22. List of cruise ships

    Name Operator Began operation Tonnage Status Image Achille Lauro: StarLauro Cruises: 1947: 23,629: Sunk. Built between 1939 and 1947 as the Willem Ruys, a passenger liner for Rotterdamsche Lloyd.Began service as the Achille Lauro for StarLauro Cruises since 1965. She is most remembered for her 1985 hijacking.In 1994, the ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean off Somalia.

  23. SS Monterey

    APC Cruises … Aloha Pacific Cruises' Monterey 1987 to 1988. APC Cruises 2 … SS Monterey maiden voyage brochure, Deck Plan of the rebuilt ship & details re the companies end! Page Four … Monterey as a Star Lauro / MSC Cruises cruise ship. Page Five … Monterey - MSC- photographs from various sources.

  24. Lijst van cruiseschepen

    Angelina Lauro: Lauro Cruises: 1964: Originally Netherland Line ship M.S. Oranje. Gezonken bij Taiwan, 24 september 1979 Anthem of the Seas: Royal Caribbean International: 2015: 168.666: ... Bij Star Cruises geraakte het nooit in dienst. Tegenwoordig in gebruik als Norwegian Star: SuperStar Libra: Star Cruises: 2005-2006: 42.000: In gebruik ...

  25. Masseria Astapiana

    Nearby attractions include Basilica Santa Maria Del Lauro (0.6 km), Il Montano (1.1 km), and Basilica Pontificia S. Maria Del Lauro (0.6 km). ... 4-Star Hotels in Vico Equense 3-Star Hotels in Vico Equense 5-Star Hotels in ... Things to Do Restaurants Flights Holiday Rentals Travel Stories Cruises Rental Cars More. Tours Add a Place Travel ...

  26. Lauro Lines Ocean Liner and Cruise Ship Postcards

    In 1972 she became a fulltime cruise ship. In 1978 Angelina Lauro was chartered to Costa. She was destroyed by a galley fire during a Caribbean cruise in March 1979. Whilst being towed to Kaohsiung for scrapping, she began taking on water and then sank in mid-Pacific on September 21st 1979. ... Star Lauro - MSC-Epirotiki Lines-Nederland Line ...

  27. Cooking Class in Italy

    S. Salvatore in Lauro, 00186 Rome Italy. Neighbourhood: Ponte. Read more ... 5-Star Hotels in Rome 3-Star Hotels ... Water Sports in Rome Boat Hire in Rome Dolphin & Whale Watching in Rome Gondola Cruises in Rome Speed Boats Tours in Rome Kayaking & Canoeing in Rome Parasailing & Paragliding in Rome River Rafting & Tubing in Rome Scuba ...