Greatest Ocean Liners

The Top Ten

1 Normandie (1935-1942)

The most glamourous liner ever built! Sleek, streamlined superstructure, dramatic profile, stunning interiors and impeccable cuisine. The true epitome of the ocean liner. One could imagine Marlene or Fred and Ginger strolling along her decks, or eating dinner in the first-class dining room, a temple of gastronomy.

The Queen Mary was a great ship and had a long and successful career on the North Atlantic run, but the Normandie was simply better. While she was slightly slower than QM, she used significantly less fuel to achieve a speed only a fraction of one knot slower than QM, making her much less expensive to operate. Normandie was also better looking, inside and out. Her interiors were light and airy while QM's were dark and stifling. Normandie's exterior was much more attractive with wide funnels and a sleek superstructure on top of an innovatively designed hull. Normandie was clearly a better ship in every way and it was a shame that the careless Americans burned her wile being converted into a troopship.

It had a short career, but was the apex of Art Deco design and is considered the best liner of all time.

Her designs still surpasses those of her peers and those that came after her

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2 Queen Mary (1936-present)

When I looked at this list in the newest category, I thought, oh Lord, here's another person with no imagination who's just seen Titanic. I was pleasantly surprised to see a very informative and well thought out list. Bravo, anonymous. Or should I say, encore? - beatles

It set a speed record, served as a troop ship, touched millions of lives, and is now a floating hotel and museum in Long Beach, California

3 Queen Elizabeth 2 (1969)

Paved the modern ocean liner/cruise business and a combination liner/cruise ships.

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4 Mardi Gras

Originally a liner for Canadian Pacific, it was turned into a cruise ship and became Carnival Cruise Line's first ship (a true liner on top of that).

5 Olympic (1911)

Titanic's successful and loved sister, which sailed until 1935 and was sold for scrap.

6 France/Norway (1962-2008)

France's last super liner went to Norwegian Cruise Line to become Norway. It was scrapped in 2008.

7 SS United States

I did some consulting work on this beautiful ship in 1981 when she was still completely intact (linens and china, even writing paper in the cabin desks). She was truly the thoroughbred of the seas. The lines were sleek and well proportioned and proclaimed her speed even when moored. The interior was 50's modern with much stainless steel and glass, but it lacked the glamour of some of the other ships discussed herein. But she was beautiful, even in the eerie silence that I shared with her. I saw her again a year ago... sad. Even though there are cocerted efforts to save her, she is too far gone for anything but dreams that will never materialize. Time to take her off of life support and allow her to join her trans Alantic running mates in history. Watching this once great liner rust and rot into junk is as painful as it was watching the once proud S.S. America lay ship wrecked in the Canary Islands waiting to be slowly consumed by the sea.

Fastest ship in the world, and the largest passenger ship built in the U.S.A.

8 Rotterdam (1959) V 1 Comment
9 Titanic (1912)

Titanic sinks but it is still to cool

She was the one and only.

You can't go wrong voting for the titinac

10 Aquitania (1914-1950)

One of the longest lasting at its time close to the Lusitania and Mauritania.

The Contenders

11 Great Britain (1843)

Combined an iron hull and propellor and became the first passenger ship to do so.

12 Mauretania (1907)

Yes, it's spelled that way.

13 Lusitania (1907-1915)
14 Caronia (1949-1974)

One of the first cruise ships. This ship was painted four shades of green.

The beautiful Green Goddess. A Saxonia-class Liner, she was built to cruise as well as make crossings.

15 Queen Mary 2 (2004-present) V 1 Comment
16 Carpathia (1901-1918)
17 Queen Elizabeth (1939-1975)
18 Berengaria (1913-1939)
19 Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse (1897)

First German super liner

20 Canberra (1961-1997)

Australian ocean liner that was loved and ultimately sold for scrap after a glorious career.

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