Originally posted by Sky KIng:
It was announced yesterday that Star Cruises, parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line has disclosed that the SS United States will only be sold to a U.S. buyer and will not be sold for scrap.
So...this gives those trying to save her a little more breathing room...but for how long.
This isn't an indefinite offer and it's a long and expensive road to save her.
Until the ship is saved, assume that Star Cruises will sell the Big U to the shipbreakers in Brownsville, Texas. Star Cruises will treat the Big U in the same manner as the SS Indy and the SS Norway.
It just saddens me that the following ships are gone:
TS Maxim Gorkiy
MS Regal Empress
SS Southern Cross
I was hoping that most of them would have found a second life as a hotel ship. In 1998, I had a list of 10 vessels that I had wanted to see follow in the Queen Mary's footsteps as hotel/museum attractions in a major city. Of all the ships that were on my wish list, only the following has happened, with three pending:
SS Rotterdam V
SS United States-Pending
What a crappy year it has been for the last classic ships, on top of the financial crisis, which killed the Maxim Gorkiy's chance to be the flagship of the Orient Line.