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Passenger vessel Gripsholm in Saint Thomas
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No: 2502   Contributor: Fred Claessen   Year: 1957   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: USA
Passenger vessel Gripsholm in Saint Thomas

Passenger vessel Gripsholm in Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands.
Picture added on 24 June 2007
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Thank you Fred, for this picture of a classic transatlantic passenger liner, trying to make a (living) in the cruise trade 50 years ago... I hope the airco was working well in those lower deck inside 4 berth bunk cabins without a porthole and no private bathroom, all the way down at the end of the alleyway!
Those were the days...
Rgds, Bill

Added by Capt.Bill Waldmeier on 25 June 2007.
Hi Lads, even with all their faults the older ships had character, unlike the newer butter boxes.
regards Paul.

Added by Paul Mara on 28 June 2007.
Gripsholm made a good living as a cruise ship and being at the very top end of the market she did not have 4-berth inside cabins without bathrooms.

Added by Clive Harvey on 24 May 2009.
First of all: I simply LOVE classic passengerliners and "hate" the modern butter boxes with all their fake wood trimmings, but they DO have airco everywhere.....
Surely Swedish America Line and her Gripsholm had/were great ships in the fifties and sixties.
The "holm" ships were operating at the top end of the market ( at THAT time ). I have been on board the Kungsholm and can assure you that she had a couple of 4 berth inside cabins without private facilities and no ( or at least not properly working) airco in the tourist class decks so, nostalgic dreams/memories are fine but we have to remember how conditions were, 50 years ago!

Added by Capt. Bill Waldmeier on 25 May 2009.
Just to add to the other excellent comments. It was an already well established policy of SAl as well as the Norwegian America Line, to construct passenger liners that could sail both as trans atl liner in season (summer) and do cruising in winter time. The vessels were constructed accordingly and fitted out to suit the American clientèle

Added by Bjoern Pedersen on 16 October 2009.
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