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With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Author


MSC Cruises 

SS Monterey

Ex Free State Mariner


Passenger Photo Album - 1


Pacific Far East Line voyage in 1970


SS Monterey seen in Tahiti in 1970


The next four photographs were taken in 1970 by Max Calbick


SS Monterey on one of her last Pacific voyages - 1970


Passengers enjoying the pool


 Mid sea deck party


Setting sail again



 MSC Cruise 2004


SS Monterey seen in 2000

Photograph Copyright - Johan Coeman




The following three photographs were taken in April 2004 by Mike Holtham


Now an Italian Cruise ship, but still showing her American heritage - Yalta April 2004


Shipboard friends enjoy a fine meal – April 2004

(Mrs Holtham front left)


Captain’s Welcome party – April 2004



Specifications: Matson Lines & MSC Cruises

Tonnage: 14,799 GRT (Matson Line)

21,051 GRT (MSC Cruises)

Length: 563 ft (172 m)

Breadth: 76 ft (23 m)

Draught: 29.3 ft (8.85 m)

Propulsion: Double reduction steam turbine 14,400kw

Propellers: Single / four blades

Speed: 21 knots

Flag: USA (Matson)

Panama (MSC)

Decks” 9

Passengers: 365 (Matson)

639 all berths (MSC)

579 based on twin (MSC)

Crew: 225 (MSC)

Officers: Italian (MSC)

Crew: Italian & International




Page One SS Monterey & Mariposa, the Matson Lines / Pacific Far East Line (PFEL) Liners.

Page Two Matson / PFEL Photo Album.

Page Three Matson / PFEL Cabin Plan.

APC Cruises Aloha Pacific Cruises’ Monterey 1987 to 1988.

APC Cruises 2 SS Monterey maiden voyage brochure, Deck Plan of the rebuilt ship & details re the companies end!

Page Four Monterey as a Star Lauro / MSC Cruises cruise ship.

Page Five Monterey - MSC- photographs from various sources.

Page Six Monterey - MSC - an excellent series of photographs by Johan Coeman.

Page Seven Monterey - MSC - Cabin Plan.


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