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Italian Line The Italian Line, or Societa di Navigazione Italia enjoyed enormous popularity for their good food and enthusiastic service, and as well for the relatively warm-weather climate of their mid-Atlantic crossings. Their ships all featured several outdoor pools and sunny open deck areas to take advantage.

The Leonardo da Vinci was a beautifully proportioned ocean liner, the finest Italy could produce, even in a land of superb artists. She was an evolved version of several others built in the 1950s for the Italian Line. Cristoforo Colombo was her slightly older and smaller running mate on the express run and sister to the sunken flagship Andrea Doria. Italian Line They had a strong national following.

Each class had its own main lounge, dining room and swimming pool with veranda bar. Cabin class and First class each also offered a ballroom and First class featured an additional cocktail bar and observation lounge. Service was immaculate, food was flawless, wine flowed and the dance bands played on.

Italian Line The Italian Line was able to offer a sailing every one to two weeks from New York on the smart express liners to Gibraltar (6 days), Naples (8 days), Cannes and Genoa (9 days). In 1965, the schedule was accelerated by one day with the introduction of the larger and faster, ultramodern Michelangelo and Raffaello. They were splendid luxury superliners with six swimming pools, original artworks, opulent public rooms and private facilities in every cabin.

Italian Line The two older ships, which originally had black hulls, were repainted white to match the new ocean liners and assigned longer cruise-like itineraries calling at more intermediate ports. Leonardo da Vinci connected New York with Naples via Portugal and Spain. Cristoforo Colombo sailed on the Adriatic route from New York to Venice and Trieste until 1973, when she was reassigned to the South Atlantic service from Italy to Brazil and Argentina. For the usual economic reasons, all Italian Line transatlantic service was finally ended in 1977.

"For the businessman, the industrialist, the technician or the tourist ... the voyage provides a period of wholesome relaxation, a much needed interlude in an atmosphere ideally suited to recollection as it is to enjoyment. Everything aboard is conducive to the complete relaxation of both body and spirit ..."

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Leonardo da Vinci - 1960 - Italian Line
Leonardo da Vinci Italian Line
Built: 1960 by Ansaldo, Sestri Ponente, Italy
Gross tons: 33340 Length: 761ft (232m) Speed: 23kn
Width: 92ft (28m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Power: 52000 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw
Passengers: 413 First 342 Cabin 571 Tourist
End of service: Cruising only from 1977; laid up 1978
 

Cristoforo Colombo - 1954 - Italian Line
Cristoforo Colombo Italian Line
Built: 1954 by Ansaldo, Sestri Ponente, Italy
Gross tons: 29191 Length: 700ft (213m) Speed: 23kn
Width: 90ft (27m) Depth: 30ft (9m) Power: 50000 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw
Passengers: 229 First 222 Cabin 604 Tourist
End of service: Rerouted 1973; sold 1977
 

Michelangelo - 1965 - Italian Line
Michelangelo Italian Line
Built: 1965 by Ansaldo, Sestri Ponente, Italy
Gross tons: 45911 Length: 902ft (275m) Speed: 26.5kn
Width: 102ft (31m) Depth: 34ft (10m) Power: 87000 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw
Passengers: 535 First 550 Cabin 690 Tourist
End of service: Laid up 1975; sold 1976
 

Raffaello - 1965 - Italian Line
Raffaello Italian Line
Built: 1965 by Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico, Trieste, Italy
Gross tons: 45933 Length: 902ft (275m) Speed: 26.5kn
Width: 102ft (31m) Depth: 34ft (10m) Power: 87000 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw
Passengers: 535 First 550 Cabin 690 Tourist
End of service: Laid up 1975; sold 1976