Although I've never beenon a REAL cruise ship, I do find this fascinating. I'm into all kinds of preservation, so count me in! My experience has been mostly with buildings, but I hate to see anything lost forever.
My only cruise trips have been on the Viking Line between Sweden and Finland back in the late 70's. They are basically fancy overgrown car ferries, but the crossings are about 20 hrs. And I do spend a LOT of time on the steamships going back and forth to Nantucket (OK, that doesn't really count...)
Ahhhh, another Massh**e Just kidding... yeah, I finally decided to just go to the Vinyard from now on because the trip is so much less intense, although I love Nantucket. I have lots of scans of Nantucket circa 1959 if you are interested. Incidentally, one of my favorite shipwrecks of all time is near Nantucket, the Andrea Doria. She was replaced by the Leonardo Da Vinci, (burned and sank). and the Michealangelo and Rafaello (both scrapped). Like buildings, no two liners are alike, or have the same personality. So each one lost is a very sad matter. There are almost none left. The United States is only a shell at this point. Stripped of all her decor. Do you think the Independence in Boston sounds like a good fit?? My sister knows someone who gave me a (major) contact at the Boston Harbor redevelopment board. He did the Aquarium project, but the only problem is I am very intimidated to call him and propose this idea, having as little experience as I do in this type of endeavor. I also emailed one of the worlds most prominent maritime historians/ship buffs who responded that he can possibly help me find investors to get this project going. The main obstactle, obviously would be where to put an ocean liner in Boston!!! Buying the vessel should be (relatively) cheap, especially if it is bound for the breakers... which there are strong indications will be happening soon.
This should pique your interest:
<a href="http://www.ssmaritime.com/ss-independence-constitution.htm" target="_blank">http://www.ssmaritim...itution.htm</a>