The French troopship Pasteur was rebuilt as the West German flagship Bremen, and introduced by Norddeutscher Lloyd on the North Atlantic run in July 1959 from New York to Cherbourg, Southampton (6 days) and Bremerhaven (7 days). In the coldest months of winter, Bremen offered some cruises from New York to the Caribbean.
North German Lloyd billed her as a "seagoing hotel" with endless amenities for a relaxed crossing. First class public rooms were high on Veranda deck, including an observation lounge, ballroom, library, card room and cocktail lounge which all reflected the calm elegance of a private club. The larger Tourist class extended most of the height and length of the Bremen, offering the cheer and warmth of a vacation resort.
"From chief steward to bell boy ... unobtrusive service is a byword on the BREMEN. But the ship's company is warm and friendly and most important, always there when you want them."
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Built: 1939 by Penhoet, St Nazaire, France