With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian


SS Norway in Miami

ex SS France


Her classic lines are evident as she steams slowly out of port. Her decks are full of passengers enjoying the Floridian weather


All photographs on this page are by and Thomas Rosales

Copy from an email by Thomas Rosales

I've been a liner fancier since my teens having been influenced by the majestic or tragic stories of the great ships that sailed the globe, such as the original Cunard greyhounds, Mauretania and Lusitania and the majestic Aquitania. Then there were the giant and tragic trio from White Star’s Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. Then there were post First World War former German giants such as the Majestic, Berengaria and the unlucky American liner Leviathan. The art deco era obviously would inspire anyone who loves the grand interiors of the day, especially the Ile de France and the ultimate French liner the legendary Normandie.

I was fortunate to be living in Miami when the former French liner SS France, the SS Norway came into port regularly. I recall seeing her sporting a fresh new livery and was refurbished by the Norwegian cruise company. This once great liner was to revolutionize the cruise industry forever.

I drove many weekends to the port and catch sight of her either arriving or leaving for her seven day cruises. On a few occasions I had my camera with me and took some snaps of her. The photographs on this page were all taken in the early 80’s. Sadly, I never had a chance to sail her, but I am so glad that I was able to see her many times and was able to photograph her!

I am a firm supporter of the “Save the SS Norway Campaign” and I have sent e-mails to The Miami Herald and to the authorities in India in support. I am waiting with great hope for the Supreme Court’s decision on May 15, 2007.

Thank you for your efforts to save this majestic ship.

Tomas Rosales, Plantation, Fl


It is late on a Sunday afternoon and the brilliant Miami sun showers the Norway as she heads out to start another week long cruise


Going past the pleasure boats docked at a Miami Beach pier. SS Norway approaches

the entrance to Government Cut before heading out into the open seas


Here we see the majestic SS Norway arriving back in Miami early on a Saturday morning



On the right, behind me and as seen below, is a framed poster that was sold in limited numbers at the Annual Art Deco weekend back in 1997. I went because the event was to salute the Ocean Liners. I was fortunate to have my copy hand signed by the artist.





Page One SS France

Page Two SS Norway

Page Three SS Norway – Blue Lady

Page Four Norway Deck Plan

Photo QE2 passes the Norway

Photo Photographer Don Tremain presents his experience and four photographs

Photo Tomas-Rosales shares his photographs of the Norway in Miami

Photo Michael and Lee Ann Pavlick honeymoon cruise in 2002

Photo Norway in BremerhavenPage Two

Photo Norway Departs Bremerhaven 23 May 2005

Photo A series of photographs of SS Blue Lady in Alang

Story Pauli Dangerousli describes his 1997 cruise on the SS Norway

Story “The Ship that Saved my Life” – The Karl Henrik Henriksen Story (2 pages)

Article “Surreal times on the SS France” by Patrick Jackson

Brochure This inaugural SS Norway brochure (1980) was provided by Mr. Michael Bobo


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