Operating the most technologically advanced passenger ship in the world brought great popularity to the United States Lines. The United States sailed the Atlantic all year from New York to Southampton and Le Havre (5 days). In summer she maintained a round trip every other week. Many off-season crossings were extended to reach Bremerhaven (6 days).
America's flagship enjoyed international acclaim, particularly since she was after all the fastest liner in the world and holder of the Blue Riband. She was in fact the last ocean liner to hold that distinction. Many Americans preferred to travel on a U.S. flag ship. Presidents and Mmes Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt were passengers. Countless celebrities and royalty sailed on the United States, often in top suites attended by their own servants.
First class public rooms occupied prime midship space on Promenade Deck, including an observation lounge with library and writing room, ballroom, cocktail bar, grill restaurant and smoking room. Cabin class and Tourist class each had a lounge and smoking room with reading and writing areas. Each class aboard the United States had its own restaurant below, and First and Cabin classes shared an indoor swimming pool, theater and gym.
"You can enjoy all the pleasures of a fashionable resort ... days of fun and leisurely living prepare you for an adventure to come. There's nothing to do but live elegantly - rest, play, let yourself be pampered. You'll appreciate why so many experienced travelers choose these ships for their transatlantic crossings."
Sample minimum one-way fares from New York to Le Havre: First class $445; Cabin class $284; Tourist class $227; Fares are per person in U.S. dollars as of spring 1969.
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Built: 1952 by Newport News SB & DD, Newport News VA, USA