What is the oldest liner in service


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Does anyone know the name of the oldest ocean liner/cruise ship still in service?
(This excludes permanantly moored liners, like Queen Mary)

Are there any cruise ships/liners in service today that were built before WW2?

in 1999 I sailed the now sunken Seabreeze, a circa 1958 liner, and at that time, I thought she was the oldest in service.
If the ss United States comes back into service, will she be the oldest?


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Tarn Stephanos
 

Bob Godfrey

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Again I nominate the Princesa Victoria. In service from 1936 as the Dunnottar Castle (Union Castle Line) on the Tilbury-South Africa run, and was still cruising in the Med after the start of the new millenium.
 

Jerry Nuovo

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In the Summer of 2000,I did take a New England/Canada cruise aboard the Regal Empress.The Regal Empress entered service as a transatlantic liner in 1953 as the Olympia of the Greek Line and today she is still in service doing cruises out of Florida to the Bahamas.So I think that she has to be one of the oldest in service today as a 51 year old ocean liner. Sincerely,Jerry Nuovo
 

Dave Gittins

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Perhaps stretching it a bit, one of the oldest powered ships of any kind still in use is MV Doulos, built as SS Medina in 1914. It's true that she only served as a passenger liner for part of her career, but a liner she certainly was, complete with swimming pool. Over the years she's been repeatedly altered and when I last saw her, her hull was an interesting mixture of rivetting and welding. She's going to Southampton on 8 April. Read all about her at http://www.mvdoulos.org/
 

Noel F. Jones

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Danae and Daphne date from 1955 and were respectively Port Melbourne and Port Sydney. See:

http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/ItalyDanae.html

I have seen Danae in Dover.These vessels date from when naval architects strove for length on the waterline and her classic sheer and cruiser stern make a refreshing contrast to the shoe boxes one normally sees at the outer cruise berth.

Noel
 

Jeremy Lee

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The MV Doulos, was its bow done again later? I thought all ships built in the 1910s had almost straight bows.
 

Dave Gittins

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Jeremy, you think correctly. Photos of the ship in 1914 show a bow much like that of Titanic. A 1948 photo shows the raked bow. As I mentioned, she's been much hacked about. When I saw her a few years ago, they'd just cut a big hole in the port side to allow some big piece of equipment to be installed.
 

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