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SS Universe Explorer
Enchanted Seas, Queen of
Volendam, Monarch Sun, Volendam, Brasil Broken up named SS Universe
Large postcard of the magnificent SS Universe Explorer
The author has 7 copies for sale (23 X 15CM)
Originally published by World Explorer Cruises
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In 1995, the American V-Lines … Azure Investments purchased SS Enchanted Seas from the Brazil Caribbean Shipping Company and renamed her Universe Explorer a name that would remain with her until her final days.
She was given an extensive refit preparing her
for a unique new role that would last until her final days. This new role would
see her operate a college program under the auspices of the
The shipboard modification began in October
1995 and in January 1996 she departed on her first voyage named SS Universe
Explorer, which was a regular, call it a shakedown cruise of the
SS Universe Explorer seen during her latter days
Photo by & © Trevor Coppock
During her new career she would be under charter to the New Commodore Cruise Lines. However, the ship was managed and operated by the International Marine Carrier.
A magnificent view of a magnificent ship
Photo: Prof. Dennis F. Galletta
By late in 2002, the Universe Explorer was operated by World Explorer Cruises and operated education duties under the banner of “Semester at Sea.”
SS Universe Explorer is a comfortable and
appealing ship. Obviously by modern standards she may be considered small, yet
she had all the facilities of a fine ship of the day. However, unlike many of
the mega ships in operation at the time, she was a friendly and an intimate
ship, which has made her much sought after. Registered in
Universe Explorer accommodated up to 731 guests in 369 staterooms. Her nine decks had a vast variety of public rooms including two restaurants, cocktail lounges, a main show lounge, fitness centre, library, a computer centre, spa, shop, medical facilities. Like all classic liners, she was blessed with an abundance of sheltered and open deck space.
Her traditional Promenade Deck ------- Relaxing on Boat deck
Main Lounge and Showroom ---------- The Buffet
Cinema ------------------ Shopping Gallery
The Gym ------------------- Cybernet@sea
Outside twin/three berth cabin
Outside twin/three berth cabin --- Outside twin bedded room
- - -
Left to right: A Suite - Outside Twin - Outside Two berth cabin - Inside two berth cabin
A visit to the Bridge
Photo © Prof. Dennis F. Galletta
SS Universe Explorer and SS Southern Cross on the left (portside)
Above we see the Universe Explorer berthed alongside another famed Classic Liner, the Imperial Majesty Cruises SS OceanBreeze, built in 1954 as the Shaw Savill Lines Southern Cross, which was broken up in 2004.
Mid 2004 it was decided to give the Universe Explorer a comprehensive refit in Hong Kong that would include the creation of a very special Lounge in the style of the old Moore McCormack days, something that cruise lovers who had a true sense of history were really looking forward to, and it was much heralded! However, tragically it was not to be, for suddenly the news came that the end for this fine ship was nigh!
As seen in a superb photograph below, the SS
Universe Explorer departed Seattle for the her final time on
Past passenger Chase Wiles took this photo of her departing Seatle
For her final voyage on April 28, 2004, bound for
Photograph by and © Chase Wiles -
Whilst she was undergoing a comprehensive
SS Universe Explorer was sold
She was beached at Alang on
Above and below, we see the SS Universe beached at Alang early in 2005 before external breaking up commenced
Photo provided by March A. Smith –
Page One: SS Brasil & Argentine’s history.
Page Two: SS Brasil &
Page Three: SS Volendam to Enchanted Seas.
Page Four: SS Universe Explorer / Universe.
Page Five: SS Universe Explorer Deck Plan.
“Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
“Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
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