The Compagnie Generale Transatlantique earned an enviable reputation for the luxurious decor, sophisticated ambiance and onboard lifestyle of their ships. Service and cuisine were impeccable, the hallmarks of high living on the high seas.
France was the last superliner designed to spend almost all year on the transatlantic run. She was a showcase for French art, cooking, fashion, culture and industry. With only two classes, there was space for private facilities in all First class and 77% of Tourist class cabins. Each class availed of its own main lounge, smoking room, library/writing room and swimming pool. The First class "Chambord" dining room featured a magnificent domed ceiling, while the Tourist class had tables on two decks. The largest theater afloat and a chic cabaret were shared by both classes.
With a speed greater than the Cunard Queens, France was easily able to maintain a five day crossing schedule from New York to Southampton and Le Havre with a round trip sailing every other week.
"Once onboard, you'll enjoy the fine cuisine for which France is justly famous. You'll be charmed by the traditional courtesy of French Line service. You'll relax. A new idea in luxury travel sails the seas. When you see her you will know that your ship has come in ..."
Built: 1962 by Penhoet, St Nazaire, France