SS France arriving during her heyday as one of the most elegant and grand ways to enjoy “crossing the pond” – from New York to Europe during the late 1960s…
SS France was a Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT, or French Line) ocean liner, constructed by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard at Saint-Nazaire, France, and put into service in February 1962.
At the time of her construction in 1960 she was the longest passenger ship ever built. France’s tonnage stood as a record until being broken by the MS Sovereign of the Seas in 1990, while her length of 316 meters remained unchallenged until the construction of the 345 meter RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004.
France was later purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) in 1979, renamed SS Norway and underwent significant modifications that better suited her for mid-market cruising duties – eliminating the first and tourist class operation. Much of her gracisous and elegant style was turned into a more mundane populace atmosphere. She was sold to be scrapped in 2006, and scrapping was completed in late 2008.
SS France docks in downtown Manhattan. No security lines, no body scanners, no t-shirts and cargo pants – just the only way to go.