Sunday, January 8, 2012

"GALILEO GALILEI" the first super liner for LLOYD TRIESTIO

"GALILEO GALILEI" was built for the Australian immigrant route in 1963 by CANTIERI RIUNITI in Italy, she was when built 27.888 GRT and cruised at 24 knots, however her 44.000 shp turbines could take her to speeds over 27 knots, she started her maiden voyage in March and was joined on this route later the same year by her sister ship "GUGLIELMO MARCONI", they were two of the most elegant ships at sea. "GALILEO" had a capacity for 1750 passengers, the ship served Lloyd Triestino until 1979, a brief period laid up followed until she was converted to full time cruising in 1980 when she started her new role with ITALIA CROCIERI a new career that never achieved success, the ship served until 1999, CHANDRIS, CELEBRITY CRUISES, when her tonnage was increased to 30.440 GRT and finally SUN CRUISES between 1997 and 1999 when she was lost at sea due to fire that started in her engine room. Images from my private collection, the Lloyd Triestino years

1 comment:

  1. I actually have some good memories of being on thus ship, coming back from Australia as a child in the 70's. It took about 4weeks, stopped at New Zealand, Fiji, went through the Panama Canal, and cross to Genoa. I remember one of the stabilisers had stopped working, as it was going across the Atlantic Ocean, lasted a number of days, it was fun in the dining room, with seeing things slide back and forwards.

    Those was the days.