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final days of Cruising out of the
Having been laid up since 1978, however
the SS Monterey was towed on June 24, 1986 to
rebirth of the SS Monterey that had been laid up since 1978, into a new and a
modern luxury 660-passenger cruise ship was finally in full swing at the
Wartsila Marine Industries’
the conversion work on the SS Monterey at the Wartsila Marine Industries’
*The “Jones Act” specifies that all structural
modifications of a
work that had been performed at
In addition, the crew section was also being modernized with 23 new cabins are being installed to handle the new complement of 265 crew-members. Space for the new cabins was created by the enlargement of the superstructure to the fore and aft of the ship. Some of the new cabins were located in the existing cargo holds at both ends of the ship.
completion, she was delivered to Aloha Pacific Inc, in the spring of 1988, and
the fully refurbished SS Monterey would soon commence her delivery voyage and
then her seven-day
This is the huge aircraft carrier style stern that was added and it was hideous to say the least!
The once beautifully
The once beautifully
“This was a beautiful ship, but she has been completely disfigured and has even been given that huge aircraft carrier style lido deck high above her stern, in addition, Promenade deck has been extended far forward of the bridge, cutting off most of her foredeck. Both the stern and forward additions added many new cabins, but completely changed our beloved and beautiful ship!”
Although, her exteriors were hideous, especially her stern as can be seen above, but her interiors were beautifully modified and cared for. Many of the Monterey’s original features remained, such as the famed carved Tiki Pole in the stairwell was thankfully retained, the cinema remain almost unchanged as did that superb Dining Room, although there the venue was given new carpets, soft furnishings and artworks and it refreshed this beautiful venue!
But let me go though the ship Deck by Deck and I am sorry, but I have never been able to obtain any photographs of the APC SS Monterey, only images of when she was with MSC Cruises of a later date and they are online on a separate page.
Sports Deck: This deck is located topside was ideal for jogging, and just what it was named for many types of sport activities!
Boat Deck: This deck had a spacious deck running right around the entire superstructure, thus the perfect deck for walking! Inside this deck was occupied with accommodations, from Royal and Deluxe Staterooms to outside and inside cabins. Whilst far aft there was the very popular The Veranda Café with a Terrace outside overlooking her stern lido deck.
Promenade Deck: Far forward was several Royal Deluxe Suites and Deluxe Staterooms and other Cabins. This was followed by the forward lobby then the delightful Card Room (starboard) and the Library (port). Next was the spacious The Palm Terrace, followed by the Boutique (starboard) and the Captain Cook’s Bar (port). The aft Lounge/Showroom was the magnificent Seven Pearls, whilst outdoors there was the Pool Bar and Swimming Pool with two Jacuzzis and the Lido Deck and of course there was that delightful wide promenade deck running along the sides of the ship!
Maile Deck: This deck was fully occupied with Cabins. And whilst I am thinking of it the ship had one lift (elevator) located at the aft lobby.
Forward section is occupied with Cabins and aft the Pursers’ Office,
B Deck: Reached by the forward stairwell you would have found the delightful Theatre.
C Deck: And again
forward by the same stairwell was the
is seen her berthed at
rebuilding she was ready to undertake a 46-night maiden cruise from
The front cover of SS Monterey’s 46-night maiden cruise
Map of the Maiden Cruise itinerary
The SS Monterey seen on August 23, 1988 while she was in dry dock that day at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point
Photograph by Mr. Dino Corti the ships official photographer for the “Kodak Cruise Service”
However, when she arrived in
Having arrived in
But when some 350 happy cruisers boarded the
“Innovative cuisine with a hint of
French and Hawaiian flair … exquisitely prepared … by chefs trained
in some of
The cover of an Aloha Pacific Cruises brochure for the Hawaii Cruises for 1988/89
Aloha Pacific uses black for all brochure covers to promote the idea of sheer glamour and luxury – BUT?
Let me quote the FDA’s take on the
“The ship left port the evening of Sept.
16, 1988 even though a letter of warning had been hand-delivered hours earlier
Note: The FDA is the American “Food and Drug Administration” who inspects all
“A recent refurbishing of the vessel in Finland, costing the liner's operator, Aloha Pacific Cruises, Inc., roughly US$40 million, had included a major overhaul of the galley, however the work was incomplete and the ship took on passengers with the shipyard's “riding crew” still aboard, still working on items such as plumbing and refrigeration. FDA investigators inspected the ship's food service facilities in August when the liner arrived in Baltimore Harbour from Finland to undergo some additional structural work, and again while it was en route to Newport News, Va. Major sanitation deficiencies uncovered in Baltimore prohibited granting the ship either a certificate of sanitation or certificate of sanitary construction.
Furthermore, because the problems were not corrected before the ship left Baltimore on Aug. 25, FDA's Baltimore office notified its counterpart in San Francisco (where the ship was headed via Fort Lauderdale, the Panama Canal, San Diego, and Los Angeles) requesting that the vessel be inspected upon its arrival in that city.
Docked at Pier 35 in
* Refrigerators were not cold enough to control bacterial growth in foods.
* Blood from thawing meats was draining onto trays of vegetables.
* Dishwasher water was too cold to sterilize dishes.
* Food was stored on floors in walk-in refrigerators.
* Water drained onto galley floors from sinks not connected to drain lines.
* The disinfection system for the drinking water was not working properly.
Inspectors also noted that the crew was less than meticulous in following the most basic hygienic practices to prevent food contamination neither hand soap nor towels were seen at any of the galley stations. Furthermore, according to the ship's health log, 10 crew members including two who worked in the galley, and three paying passengers had had diarrhoea. However, the cause of the diarrhoea was not established.
On Sept. 22, while the ship, despite FDA's
letter, was en route to
FDA and the Department of Justice both wanted
the ship inspected before it docked in
So, FDA San Francisco investigator Randall
Zielinski (who followed the ship from his home district) and
Zielinski and Howell again found sanitation
violations, which they documented with photos. Among the first people off the
Zielinski testified for more than two hours at
the hearing, using the colour photos to describe conditions aboard ship that
could lead to contamination of food and possible illness among the passengers.
The ship's doctor testified that there had been no more cases of diarrhoea on
board since the ship left
At the close of the hearing, federal Judge
Harold M. Fong said he was convinced that although some improvements had been
made since the
On Sept. 27, FDA re-inspected the ship while
it was anchored at Lahaina on the Hawaiian
On July 20, 1989, the
SS Monterey commences service with Aloha
Pacific Cruises from Copenhagen on July 30, 1988 and considering that her
stabilizers had not been correctly fitted, she had to enter dry-dock whilst the
ship was in Baltimore, then the disgraceful hygiene and safety problems on
board, for the galley was filthy! Thus it was no wonder that the poor
After her disastrous time with Aloha Pacific,
she was first sold to “Coral Cruises” and then she
was resold again to “Naviera Panocean” of
View the full Maiden Voyage Brochure including her new Deck Plan on “APC Cruises 2”
Page One … SS
Monterey & Mariposa, the Matson Lines / Pacific
Page Two … Matson / PFEL Photo Album.
Page Three … Matson / PFEL Cabin Plan.
APC Cruises … Aloha
APC Cruises 2 … SS Monterey maiden voyage brochure, Deck Plan of the rebuilt ship & details re the companies end!
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