I cruised on the Independence in 1995 around the Hawaiian Islands. It was an experience to never be repeated unless the ship and it's sister the SSUA are refurbished. A lot is to be said for a steam ship and for a small ship. She sailed through rough waters unlike any of the bigger diesel-powered ships I have been on since. She was my first cruise and I will always cherish that. I am so glad we have videos.
Would it be a possiblity to get Monaco involved since The Constitution (SSUS) was the ship that Grace Kelly (Princess Grace) sailed on to go to Monaco for her wedding to His Grace.
I like the earlier idea of asking Bill Gates or The Donald for money for their reburbishing. Since gambling has come to the forefront in PA now, could Philly be a habor for her?
Diane in PA