10 Favorite Liners

Dec 8, 2000
Hrm, I would've sworn I'd put in a vote at some point for some of my beloved little Red Star Line workhorses. Clearly my memory is as reliable as... Marc Shapiro's Total Titanic. (Or maybe that's being too harsh.)

I've more Red Star postcards and memorabilia than for White Star, and Lapland is the jewel in that particular crown. It's more to do with the art work than the ships themselves, perhaps.
Aug 31, 2004
My top ten are:

10: Queen Mary
9: Ile de France
8: Rex
7: Andrea Doria
6: France (1912)
5: Olympic
4: United States
3: Empress of Ireland
2: QM2
1: Titanic

John DeLoache

Jun 3, 2004
I tend to like any of the liners with balanced profiles. Ships that looked like ships. So my favorites would be

1. Olympic/Titanic/Britannic
2. Aquitania
3. Queen Mary
4. The Queen and Monarch of Bermuda
5. Mauritania & Lusitania
6. Nieuw Amsterdam
7. Paris
8. Imperator/Vaterland/Bismark
Apr 27, 2005
Top ten liners:
2.Queen Elizabeth
5.Mauretania or Lusitania (1910)
6.Bremen or Europa
7.Andrea Doria
8.United States
9.Queen Mary
10.Ile de France
Runners up- France (1962), Raffaello/Michaelangelo.
Jul 9, 2004
Now that someone revived the topic, I can post a revised list. This is close to order as I can think of. I know the first two are definitely in order.

1. Normandie
2. L'Atlantique
3. Paris (Still post '29 fire)
4. Champlain
5. Lafayette
6. Ile de France (Pre-WWII)
7. United States (Exterior only)
8. L'Aquitaine aka Burdigala
9. Iroquois
10. Mauretania ala 1907

I've dropped Europa and France off of my lists. Europa and France, because of her ugly interiors.

For the sake of argument I'll throw this into my mix of "interesting liners"

President Doumer

Some may remember an ugly ship topic in which a certain staircase was posted... no?

T. Eric Brown

Jun 5, 2005
Oh I could dive right into this...

1 - Titanic (White Star Line, 1911)
2 - Mauretania (Cunard Line, 1939)
3 - Independence (American Export Lines, 1951)
4 - Queen Mary (Cunard, 1936)
5 - Ile De France (French Line, 1927)
6 - France (French Line, 1912)
7 - Matsonia (Matson Navigation Company, 1927)
8 - Berengaria (Cunard, 1913)
9 - Paris (French Line, 1921)
10 - Majestic (White Star Line, 1922)
Jan 3, 2005
Here are my top eight:

1. France (1962)
2. Andrea Doria
3. Normandie
4. Raffaello
5. Kungsholm (SAL, 1966)
6. L'Atlantique (interior only!)
7. Michelangelo
8. Rotterdam V
Apr 27, 2005
Isn't it peculiar how we build an undying affection for liners with fates that bring about their untimely destruction?
May 1, 2010
I have to say, hands down, the Normandie. I could never understand why the Queen Mary was so much more popular. I have noticed that people either LOVE or HATE the Normandie. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground there. From the forward deck to the shape of the funnels to the terraced after-decks (later messed up in the name of MORE TONNAGE) I haved always loved the clean lines of the ship
Jul 9, 2004
"I could never understand why the Queen Mary was so much more popular. I have noticed that people either LOVE or HATE the Normandie."

I agree. I notice that people who write books for QM have an undying love for her and have an undeniable disliking for Normandie. It's the same the other way around. Isn't that strange? Perhaps they both represent how bi-polar transatlantic liners can be... Queen Mary, tubby, kind of straight-up-and-down, homely, comfortable... While Normandie is the complete opposite, Sleek, streamlined, urban, and somewhat stark. I also notice that, while Normandie was popular with celebrities, and unpopular with us "regular folk"... Queen Mary was popular with the general population and unpopular with celebrities. Of course this is only relevant while the two liners competed. After the War, Marlene Dietrich and her kind had to settle for the Queen Mary, I guess.

Admittedly, Normandie's public rooms aren't the kind I can imagine curling up with a good book in. All the same, passengers might as well have dozed the afternoon away in Queen Mary's halls. The only rooms on Normandie that I see as being conducive to informality are all the small enclaves of the big rooms. Like the Salon des Dames, and the Private Bar.

I also admit I fall victim to the love-one-hate-the-other syndrome... but I also think Queen Mary has some excellent design in her. Almost all the elements of her design are really lovely... but they were all put together the wrong way.

I have Mauretania on my list above because I think her exterior is nice, other than that she's kind of... flat. But that's just my opinion.

John Zoppina

Feb 5, 2005
Well, mine is the Titanic, followed by Normandie.

Titanic? Because of all the beautiful carved woods. Normandie... elegant though the interiors are in black and white, what color images I've seen have been somewhat startling to me. However, from the outside (and certain rooms), she was indeed a sight to see... or so I can tell from photos.


Lucy Burkhill

Mar 31, 2006
Hi Jonathan,
My favourite is the 1st Mauretania. I have been fascinated by her for as long as I can remember. Why do I love her?- well, it may have something to do with the fact that like her, I am from the North East of England, I live about 100 miles from her birthplace of Newcastle. I have always considered her to have been an ambassador for the shipbuilding and engineering of the North East- even at the end of her life her hull and boilers were said to have been in remarkable condition, a testament indeed to those who built her.
She was never just another "floating palace" like her contemporaries, she was a great feat of engineering, along with her sister Lusitania she had a power plant that was ground-breaking (turbines of that size were unprecedented), and of course, she held the Blue Riband for over 20 years.
She was beautiful to look at, with her sleek lines, impressive four stacks and elegant, shapely counter stern. Her interior, especially her first-class lounge, was beautiful, with its glass dome, fine carved woods, and pretty crystal chandeliers. She had a beautiful, feminine quality about her, even her name in both its full and shortened versions (Maury) was graceful.
Reading accounts of her give the sense of a positive, "feel-good" factor surrounding her. She was regarded with a great deal of affection, and was an icon and a celebrity of her day. Even a US president, Franklin D Roosevelt, was captivated by her, remarking of her that she had a soul "that you could talk to", and the remarkable thing was, he admitted that he had never liked travelling in her!!
Maury has been described as a real character among ships, in his book Mauretania, Humfrey Jordan gives an amusing and delightful account of how in a relatively calm sea, she would suddenly pitch and spray her commander, drenching him as he stood on the bridge, as though she was playing a practical joke!
She was a lucky ship, a survivor. During WW1 she had a very close shave with a torpedo, in the early '20's she survived both being nearly swept away whilst under tow when her engines were dismantled for refit, and a fire, which, ironically, turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it led to her being given a new lease of life. Someone up there was certainly looking out for her, maybe God is a Geordie!!!
At the end of her life she was given a good send- off, she had a blue riband flying from her cut-down mainmast. Excursions were run to the East Coast of Britain where she passed, and I have often tried to picture her out at sea whenever I have visited the East Coast. She stopped at the mouth of the Tyne to bid a last farewell to her builders. Even the fact that she passed under the Forth Bridge shortly before arriving at the place where she was to meet her end, is fitting, like the Mauretania herself, the Forth Bridge is an icon of British engineering.

Other liners I like are the Lusitania, Aquitania, and the 1st Queen Mary- my great-grandfather helped build their boilers.

John DeLoache

Jun 3, 2004
I have always favored a handful of liners that had a well planned look to them. Aquitania, the Lusitania & Mauretania, The Queen & Monarch of Burmuda, the 1st Queen Mary. I think the Aquitania had both a pleasing exterior and one of the best looking Smoking Roooms.

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Michael lowe

Apr 2, 2006
I know that this could have been mentioned before and it may sound stupid on a Titanic website but what is your Favourite Ocean liner? Mine is Aquitania, she lasted so long and all that luxury. Titanic was a unique ship, but, we didn't have enough time to judge her properly! What are the Favourite ships of you lot out there? lusitania? Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse? Even early ships, Mary Rose? or even the Andrea Doria or QE2

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Magne Juul

Aug 14, 2006
1. Normandie
2. United States
3. QM1
4. Nieuwe Amsterdam
5. Ile de France
6. Bremen / Europa
7. Rex
8. Lusitania
9. France (1962)
10. Titanic
Jun 13, 2006
1) Normandie
2) Titanic
3) QM2
4) Great Britain
5) Nieuw Amsterdam (1939)
6) Queen Elizabeth
7) Oceanic (1928)
8) QE2
9) Aurora
10) Alcantara (1939)
May 1, 2010
Hate to be different. but what about the Great Eastern? Sure, she was a morphodite, the great experiment that failed, but when she was outfitted with accomodations for some 4000, before she was a cable ship.... she had some pretty nice (especially for the time, circa 1860) rooms and salons.
Too bad more pictures don't exist of her interiors.

I am also surprised that more people don't seem to be interested in the turn of the century German 4-stackers. They were beautiful.

João Carlos Pereira Martins

1. Titanic
2. Maury
3. Britannic
4. Olympic
5. Lucy
6. Andrea Doria
7. Imperator
8. Aquitania
9. France
10. QM I

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