Grace Line

The Last Ocean Liners

 

Grace Line The Grace Line of the United States was one of the earliest shipping lines to offer year round Caribbean cruising, by operating a cruise itinerary which could also be booked from port-to-port. The interport passengers and cargo provided additional revenue. It was a formula which worked well for the Grace Line such that they decided to replace their earlier ships from 1932-33 with new, larger twins in the late 1950s.

The new ocean liners Santa Rosa and Santa Paula took the names of the older ships. They were designed by the renowned naval architect, William Francis Gibbs of Gibbs & Cox, whose masterpiece was the United States of five years earlier. The new Grace Line ships were smaller versions of the American flagship, and even shared the same interior design firm.

Grace Line They operated 13-day voyages from New York, with one of them sailing every Friday calling at Curacao, La Guaira, Aruba, Kingston, Port-au-Prince and Ft. Lauderdale. At times for political or economic reasons the regular itinerary varied to include Santo Domingo or Nassau. The majority of passengers booked the round trip voyage as a cruise boarding at either of the U.S. ports.

Grace Line All First class, Santa Rosa and Santa Paula had among the largest swimming pools at sea, located on La Playa Deck together with the "Techo" bar and a covered buffet where lunch was an option every day. Sun Deck featured the three balcony suites and Promenade Deck had the "Caribbean" lounge forward, followed by the double height dining room with an orchestra balcony, and the "Club Tropicana" aft. All cabins were outside with private facilities and two lower beds except for a few rooms intended for single occupancy.

Grace Line "Join the fun afloat... Grace Line ships are famous for their easygoing tempo, and you'll feel your tensions start to unwind as your ship pulls away from the pier. In this atmosphere of relaxed informality you'll be surprised at the number of new friends you've made before your ship is two days out of port."

Grace Line's passenger business was sold to the American-flag Prudential Lines in 1969, and soon the Santa Rosa and Santa Paula were up for sale.

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Santa Rosa - 1958 - Grace Line
Santa Rosa Grace Line
Built: 1958 by Newport News SB & DD, VA, USA Gross tons: 15371 Length: 584ft (178m) Width: 84ft (26m) Depth: 27ft (8m) Speed: 20kn Power: 22000 shp Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw Passengers: 300 First End of service: Laid up 1971; sold 1975
 

Santa Paula - 1958 - Grace Line
Santa Paula Grace Line
Built: 1958 by Newport News SB & DD, VA, USA Gross tons: 15366 Length: 584ft (178m) Width: 84ft (26m) Depth: 27ft (8m) Speed: 20kn Power: 22000 shp Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw Passengers: 300 First End of service: Laid up 1971; sold 1972