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American Export Lines The sister ships Constitution and Independence were extremely successful on their "Sunlane Route" between New York, Algeciras (6 days), Cannes, Genoa (8 days) and Naples (9 days). During the peak summer months they supported a three-week round-trip express service, whereas at other times stopovers were lengthened and a selection of rewarding ports like Barcelona, Casablanca, Madeira and Palermo were added to make a slightly longer, more cruise-like voyage.

American Export Lines They were the first large American ocean liners built for the Mediterranean trade. Each class was afforded a dining room, lounge and bar. First class and Cabin class each had their own outdoor pool, with First class also featuring card and writing rooms and a Pool Cafe. They were well-maintained and sleek, yet without an exaggerated sense of luxury.

American Export Lines The publicity department was always busy keeping the twins in the limelight. President Truman as well as Hollywood stars like Greta Garbo, Mae West and Gina Lollobrigida sailed on the trendy liners, along with cardinals, bishops and Moroccan and Arabian royalty. The Constitution even transported actress Grace Kelly and 90 guests to the principality of Monaco for her royal wedding to Prince Rainier in 1956. The message was clear that these ocean liners were preferred by fashionable and influential people.

American Export Lines Fifty-five additional First class staterooms on two decks and an enclosed Solarium were added in 1959, changing the sisters' profiles. In 1960 their hulls were painted white to emphasize their cruising status.

"On a Sunlane cruise in the Mediterranean, you see a new city every day, enjoy American comfort every night. In the relaxed American atmosphere, you make new friends as you swim, dance, enjoy festive shipboard life. Your life aboard ship includes all the comforts you're accustomed to ..."

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Constitution - 1951 - American Export Lines
Constitution American Export Lines
Built: 1951 by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy MA, USA
Gross tons: 30293 Length: 683ft (208m) Speed: 23kn
Width: 89ft (27m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Power: 55000 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw
Passengers: 504 First 330 Cabin 254 Tourist
End of service: Laid up 1968; sold 1974
 

Independence - 1951 - American Export Lines
Independence American Export Lines
Built: 1951 by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy MA, USA
Gross tons: 30293 Length: 683ft (208m) Speed: 23kn
Width: 89ft (27m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Power: 55000 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw
Passengers: 504 First 330 Cabin 254 Tourist
End of service: Laid up 1969; sold 1974