Originally posted by Redlinekid2:
If indeed FRANCE were ever re-created, I can't imagine that interior similarities to the original would make any sense whatever. I also think it would be hard to sell the public on a ship whose exterior appearance onjectives precluded balconies and the superstructural height required therefor.
My idea of a twin sister to the SS France is to create a decour that would exceed it, in terms of interior decour. It would be the 1960's version of the SS Normandie. I am not trying to reinvent the wheel. Just to come up with a style that would be the futuristic 1960's world of tomarrow design. Also, the vessel is largely a museum/hotel. It would not sail as a cruise ship on a regular basis. As of the baconies, I don't believe they are a standard requirement because that's a chioce of the cruise ship companies. The sister ship to the SS France could be named the MS Ill De France.
This vessel will fall in the Queen Mary/SS Rotterdam V category, which are permanently docked ships. But has the ability to sail on ocassion.
For the time being, I doubt that anyone will follow my idea to begin with. However,there are three other vessels that comes to my mind as well, which as as follows:
The three ships mentioned would have a twin sister that's near identical to each of them, as far as exterior appearance is concerned. However, each vessel would have vastly different interiors and modern naval/maritime technology that would exceed its predecessors. This way, a guest would feel as though they are stepping back in time. The cabin spaces would follow a modern lay out regarding luxury and service.
I believe that the static museum industry will do quite well, as long as the ships are placed in the right areas where the people will appreciate them. And no one can say that the ships mentioned are imitations, because they would be far from that.