Around The World Cruise in 1939 aboard the SS PRESIDENT COOLIDGE started at $970 First Class per person. The cruise was close to a 100 days in length. That meant the lucky passenger was paying close to $10 a day for first class passage that included transportation, accommodations and meals. A similar cruise today would start at $21,000 per person.
The SS President Coolidge was a luxury ocean liner that measured 654 ft (198 metres) in length and was originally built, along with her sister ship the SS President Hoover, for Dollar Steamship Lines. They were the largest merchant ships the US had built up to that time. In 1938, when the Dollar Steamship Lines collapsed, she was transferred to American President Lines. The Coolidge was aimed at holiday makers seeking sun in the Pacific and Far East. During her time as a luxury liner, she broke several speed records on her frequent trips to Japan from San Francisco. Passengers had a luxurious experience on the ship with spacious staterooms and lounges, private telephones, two saltwater swimming pools, a barber shop, beauty salon, gymnasium and soda fountain.In 1941 she was converted to carrying troops in the South Pacific. Launched in February of 1931, The SS President Coolidge was built by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. in Newport News, Virginia USA. She was sunk in World War II.