SS United States Won’t Be Converted Into A 400-Suite Luxury Cruse Ship

SS United States on her sea trials, June 10, 1952. Photo courtesy of Charles Anderson and the SS United States ConservancySS United States on her sea trials, June 10, 1952. Photo courtesy of Charles Anderson and the SS United States Conservancy

Earlier this year, Crystal Cruises proposed to transform the re-commission 12-deck passenger liner SS United States as a 400-suite luxury cruise ship. Sadly, the ship’s conversion is now being abandoned followed a feasibility study that indicated the project would be too challenging, the New York Times reported (h/t Curbed NY). After an inspection of the ship, it was found that roughly 25 percent of the hull would have to be replaced, in addition to new mechanical equipment and engine infrastructure. Also, since Crystal Cruises is owned by a foreign entity, the Jones Act would have made it challenging for the liner to operate as a United States-flagged ship. That means much tougher travel regulations, which is a significant disadvantage in the industry.

S.S. United States

Proposed restoration S.S. United States, rendering by Crystal Cruises

The SS United States Conservancy is now searching for developers and/or investors to transform the vessel into a permanent commercial hub. An earlier proposal would have docked the ship in Red Hook, Brooklyn and this new search could see it transformed into offices, a hotel, and/or retail/entertainment spaces. The ship is currently docked in Philadelphia, at a cost of $60,000 a month.

The SS United States seen across from her Philadelphia pier. Photo courtesy SS United States Conservancy

The SS United States seen across from her Philadelphia pier. Photo courtesy SS United States Conservancy

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1 Comment on "SS United States Won’t Be Converted Into A 400-Suite Luxury Cruse Ship"

  1. The ship had a perfect structure, if it refreshes so the city will get a new star cruise for travelling for sure.

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