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French Line

France / Flandre / Antilles


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French Line The Compagnie Generale Transatlantique earned an enviable reputation for the sophisticated ambiance and onboard lifestyle of their ships. Service and cuisine were impeccable, the hallmarks of high living on the high seas.

France was the last superliner designed to spend almost all year on the transatlantic run. She was a showcase for French art, cooking, fashion, culture and industry. French Line With only two classes, there was space for private facilities in all First class and 77% of Tourist class cabins. Each class on the France availed of its own main lounge, smoking room, library/writing room and swimming pool. The First class "Chambord" dining room featured a memorable domed ceiling, while the Tourist class space spanned two decks. The largest theater afloat and a chic cabaret were shared by both classes.

French Line With a speed greater than the Cunard Queens, the French Line's France was easily able to maintain a five day crossing schedule from New York to Southampton and Le Havre with a round trip sailing every other week.

"Once onboard, you'll enjoy the fine cuisine for which France is justly famous. You'll be charmed by the traditional courtesy of French Line service. You'll relax. A new idea in luxury travel sails the seas. When you see her you will know that your ship has come in ..."

French Line The French Line also operated a route from Le Havre and Southampton to the French West Indies islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique via a variety of ports. The twin ocean liners on this service were Flandre and Antilles. They were stylishly furnished and upheld the French Line standards of service, cuisine and design. Initially Flandre was assigned to the transatlantic service from New York assisting the French flagship Liberte, but in 1962 she was transferred to the Caribbean run with Antilles.

Sample minimum one-way fares from Le Havre to New York: First class $461; Tourist class $251; from Le Havre to Martinique: First class $466; Cabin class $286; Tourist class $212; All fares are per person in U.S. dollars.

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France - 1962 - French Line
France French Line
Built: 1962 by Penhoet, St Nazaire, France Gross tons: 66348 Length: 1035ft (315m) Width: 110ft (34m) Draft: 34ft (10m) Speed: 30kn Power: 160000 shp Propulsion: Steam turbines quadruple screw Passengers: 501 First 1443 Tourist End of service: Laid up 1974; sold 1977 Later names: Norway
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Flandre - 1952 - French Line
Flandre French Line
Built: 1952 by Ateliers et Chantiers, Dunkirk, France Gross tons: 20469 Length: 600ft (183m) Width: 80ft (24m) Draft: 26ft (8m) Speed: 22kn Power: 44000 shp Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw Passengers: 402 First 285 Cabin 97 Tourist End of service: Sold 1968 Later names: Carla C, Pallas Athena
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Antilles - 1953 - French Line
Antilles French Line
Built: 1953 by Arsenal de Brest, Brest, France Gross tons: 19828 Length: 600ft (183m) Width: 80ft (24m) Draft: 26ft (8m) Speed: 22kn Power: 44000 shp Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw Passengers: 404 First 285 Cabin 89 Tourist End of service: Wrecked 1971
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