Crystal cruises has announced a refurbishment programme on America’s flagship, SS United States, as part of efforts to transform the vessel into a modernised luxury cruise.
The firm is collaborating with the SS United States Conservancy on this programme and has pledged investment associated with redeeming the structure of the ship as well as a post maintenance cost.
In a bid to return the vessel to sea operation, Crystal cruises will carry out a technical feasibility study, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
Crystal president and CEO Edie Rodriguez said: "We are honoured to work with the SS United States Conservancy and government agencies in exploring the technical feasibility study so we can ultimately embark on the journey of transforming her into a sophisticated luxury cruise liner for the modern era."
The vessel, which is considered to bear the signage of America’s post-war innovation and design, will be incorporated with modern and sophisticated design to meet the changing demand and taste of the seafarers.
The 60,000t vessel will have a capacity to accommodate 800 passengers, will feature 400 luxurious suites and offer an array of amenities including dining, entertainment, spa and other luxury guest amenities.
However, the company plans to retain some original features of SS United States such as the Promenade and Navajo Lounge.
It will also be fitted with new engines and sophisticated marine technology to preserve her legacy of being the fastest cruise vessel in the world.
The remodelled flagship will have new itineraries spanning across the globe covering the traditional transatlantic voyages from New York City as well as the important US ports, aligned to the cruise line’s theme of ‘World Cruise’.
Crystal cruises has appointed retired US Coast Guard rear admiral Tim Sullivan to monitor the ship’s adherence to technical, legal, regulatory as well as environmental guidelines.
The SS United States Conservancy, additionally, will cooperate with Crystal cruises by establishing shipboard displays and other educational programmes. A land-based museum is also being planned that will be dedicated to the legacy of America’s Flagship.
Image: An image of America’s flagship SS United States on sea. Photo: courtesy of Crystal Cruises, LLC.