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Old December 20th, 2007, 09:23 PM
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We'd like to find a line or a ship that has the elegance of the old ships. Either an old ship that has been kept up well, or a new one that has been done like those of years ago. Namely lots of dark wood. Maybe fresh flowers, nice art, etc. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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We'd like to find a line or a ship that has the elegance of the old ships. Either an old ship that has been kept up well, or a new one that has been done like those of years ago. Namely lots of dark wood. Maybe fresh flowers, nice art, etc. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Unfortunately there are no old ships left. The Norway, last of the liners has been sold for scrap. I think Holland America is closest to the classical cruising experience. While the ships are new, there is warm service provided by Phillippino and Indonesian crew, fresh flowers and a civility lacking in the big mega liners.

By the way, wood paneling is a thing of the distant past now. The vessels must be certified by the U.S. coast guard, which doesn't allow wood anything on ships. It's a fire hazard.
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Thank , Anne. What about European lines?

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One British cruise line, Hebredian cruises, has small, elegant ships where they serve high tea; it's a British style of cruising which may be closer to what you're looking for.

One ship that did have a beautiful wood-paneled library (and probably still does) was the ex-Royal Viking Sun, which today is Holland America's Prinsendam. She carries 749 passengers.

Here's a link to an article about the ship:
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Royal Viking Sun. This may be as close as you can get to what you're seeking.

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I will check out the Prinsendam. Someone else recommeded Peter Diehlmann's Deutschland. We were on Celebrity Constellation recently and their Michael's Club was a beautiful wood panelled room. Where the pianist entertains.

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How does HAL's Amsterdam compare with the Prinsendam?
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Another ship you might want to check out is the new Queen Victoria by Cunard. If you have seen the pictures of the two story library and the rest of the interiors, I think you would find what you are looking for.
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There are a number of cruise lines that "may" accommodate you. As Anne said, "real" wood is a thing of the past but there are lines that offer wood tone interiors and an English atmosphere, with decoration, high tea service and a relaxed atmosphere.

These are:

Cunard: QM2, Queen Victoria
Oceania: Nautica and Insignia
Azamara: Journey and Quest

Cunard offers this in a larger ship, while Azamara and Oceania offer it on smaller, 36,000 grt, ships.

Here is a picture of the library on Azamara Journey's Library and main stairwell. The rest of the ship is done in wood tones but brightened up from it's time with Renaissance cruises.





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Take the QE 2 before she is sold to Dubai - I believe that will happen in Early summer 2008. The new Cunard Queen Victoria certainly has the charm of an older liner, more so than the Queen Mary 2, even though these are both modern ships.

The Prinsendam is much older than the Amsterdam. She is a one of a kind ship for Holland America. She was built in 1983 as the Royal Viking Sun. She is smaller and has single seating dining. Very elegant with wood finishings and a high crew to passenger ratio.

Marco Polo is an older ship - Orient Lines. NCL's Norwegian Crown is another (Formerly Orient Lines Crown Odyssey). If you read the reader reviews, people seem to really like her. But these last two are not exactly "old world luxury" - but they are built like liners as opposed to cruisers.

Bottom line, though, my rec would be Queen Elizabeth 2 or Queen Victoria (Cunard)
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Actually, QE 2, which entered service in 1968, is mostly plastic inside. No wood, not a very pretty ship. Prisendam is more like an old liner.
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That is true, it is plastic, made to look like wood. My point is that Cunard service is most in keeping with the style of liners, so I guess the question is whether one is looking more for decor or the experiencee of sailing on a liner.

Naturally, all ships these days are not mostly wood as wooden superstructures have been outlawed as fire hazards. But QV, for example, is made to look like wood as much as possible.
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Aren't the new owners of QEII going to fit her out in the style of yesteryear?
She may not be on the high seas any more but should be worth a visit?
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We loved the Viking Sun. No rock climbing or ice skating , just a beautiful old ship with a lot of class.
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