Hello Gorgeous! The Santa Rosa and Santa Paula of 1958!
July 23, 2016 – For my maiden post, here are two of my top ten favorite ships, the gorgeous little Grace Lines sisters, the Caribbean and South America cruisers Santa Rosa and the Santa Paula of 1958. When I was first attracted to them, I had no idea they were also the brainchildren of genius naval architect, William Francis Gibbs, who just happened to have designed my all time favorite ship (and the pinnacle of old school liner design), the SS United States. Throw in that all three ships had similar interiors by Dorothy Marckwald, of the New York firm Smyth, Urquhart & Marckwald, who also dressed up the United States, it’s easy to understand the attraction. Offered here are some renderings of the ships and their rooms. I love this design sensibility from a time when “casual elegance” was known as “swankiness.” The public rooms are particularly delightful. The captions are from the introductory brochure. Enjoy!