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Looking for a cruise ship that oozes historical past? Our newest Cruise Ship Tour, within the carousel above, gives a deck-by-deck take a look at the 550-passenger Astoria — the arena’s 2d oldest sea-going cruise vessel.

Originally inbuilt 1948 because the Stockholm, the 70-year-old ship changed into a family title in 1956 after it collided with the Italian liner Andrea Doria off Nantucket, leading to 52 deaths. Mortally wounded, the Andrea Doria rolled over and in the end sank in 240 ft of water. The Stockholm was once repaired and endured working. 

The incident with the Andrea Doria was once just the start of a storied historical past. In 1960, Stockholm was once offered to East Germany and renamed Volkerfreundschaft (“friendship between nations”), taking contributors of the Communist birthday celebration on excitement cruises till 1985, when it was once laid up and presented on the market. When cruising “western” waters, the ship was once infamous for its common asylum-seeking defectors.

Rebuilt within the 1990s by means of an Italian line, the vessel went directly to sail for a lengthy checklist of cruise firms. It these days operates on constitution to U.Ok.-based Cruise and Maritime Voyages and French-based Rivages du Monde. 

Created by means of veteran trip author and ship photographer Peter Knego, the Astoria photograph excursion is a part of our ongoing collection of cruise ship galleries. For an within take a look at dozens of different passenger vessels crusing the arena’s oceans and rivers, click on at the hyperlinks underneath:

Adventure Canada: Ocean Endeavour 
AmaWaterways: AmaViolaAmaCerto 
American Cruise Lines: American Constellation  
American Queen Steamboat CompanyAmerican QueenAmerican Empress
Azamara Club Cruises: Azamara Quest  
Avalon Waterways: Avalon MyanmarAvalon VisionaryAvalon Passion
Carnival Cruise Line: Carnival Imagination; Carnival InspirationCarnival Miracleearly icons of the Carnival fleetCarnival Vista 
Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity Solstice 
Celestyal Cruises:Celestyal Olympia
Costa Cruises: Costa DiademaCosta AtlanticaCosta Luminosa 
CroisiEurope: Elbe Princesse 
Cruise & Maritime Voyages: Discovery
Crystal Cruises: Crystal Symphony 
Cunard Line: Queen Mary 2 
Disney Cruise Line: Disney WonderDisney FantasyDisney MagicDisney Dream, Fantasy compared 
Emerald Waterways: Emerald Sky; Emerald Radiance 
Hapag-Lloyd: Europa 2 
Hebridean Island Cruises: Hebridean Princess 
Holland America Line: AmsterdamKoningsdamWesterdamRotterdam; Maasdam; Oosterdam  
Hurtigruten: MidnatsolLofotenNordstjernenFram; Trollfjord 
MSC Cruises: MSC Meraviglia 
Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian GetawayNorwegian EscapeNorwegian Sky; Norwegian Joy; Norwegian Bliss 
Oceania Cruises: NauticaSirenaMarina; Insignia 
Paul Gauguin Cruises: Paul Gauguin
P&O Cruises: Britannia
Princess Cruises: Regal PrincessDiamond Princessearly icons of the Princess fleetStar PrincessGolden Princess 
Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Seven Seas MarinerSeven Seas ExplorerSeven Seas Voyager; Seven Seas Navigator 
Royal Caribbean International: Quantum of the SeasAnthem of the SeasFreedom of the SeasHarmony of the Seas; Symphony of the Seas 
Scenic Cruises: Scenic GemScenic Sapphire 
Seabourn Cruise Line: Seabourn Encore
Silversea: Silver Galapagos; Silver CloudSilver Cloud (before 2017 makeover)Silver Muse 
Star Clippers:  Royal Clipper 
Tauck: InspireSavor; Emerald 
UnCruise Adventures: Safari Endeavour; Safari Voyager 
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection: S.S. Maria TheresaRiver Countess
Viking River Cruises: Viking SkirnirViking HerjaViking Hild 
Viking Ocean Cruises: Viking StarViking SeaViking Sky; Viking Sun  
Windstar Cruises: Star PrideStar BreezeWind Spirit

Retired ocean liners, cruise ships and yachts: SS RotterdamRoyal Yacht Britannia 
Theme galleries: 10 cruise ship suites that will blow your mindthe last of the great ocean linersship christenings with Queen Elizabeth IIRoyal ship christenings through the years9 most amazing megaships25 most beautiful cruise vessels 

USA TODAY Cruises:  The 25 most beautiful cruise vessels 

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