Friday, March 22, 2013

"GALILEO GALILEI" evolutionary profile

Beautiful postcard of the "GALILEO GALILEI" from a Lloyd Triestino's image published later on a FINMARE magazine showing GALILEO's sleek profile but also evolutionary lines with a futuristic mast and funnel.

"GALILEO GALILEI" the first of the sisters to be bought

"GALILEO GALILEI" was bought in 1983 by CHANDRIS she did a few cruises with her original form but in 1984 before starting cruising in the Caribbean additional passenger accommodation was added to her forward decks, changing the ship's elegant profile for the worse, but she was destined to become an historic ship for CHANDRIS and the new company to be formed seven years later, the most impressive CELEBRITY CRUISES. Also before starting cruising in the Caribbean, her name was shortened to just "GALILEO". Top photo Copyright Luis Miguel Correia

Thursday, March 21, 2013

"GALILEO GALILEI" at Messina in 1973 with QUEEN FREDERICA from CHANDRIS a sign of things to come for the Italian Liner

"GALILEO GALILEI" is seen here at Messina in 1973, behind her is the 1927 built S.S. MOLOLO here as the "QUEEN FREDERICA" operated by CHANDRIS, a sign of things to come, ten years later "GALILEO GALILEI" was bought by CHANDRIS, in the meantime QUEEN FREDERICA had long gone by then, the ship was scrapped in 1977 after being withdrawn from service in 1973.

"MARCONI" and "GALILEO" laid-up once again at Genova

The I.C.I. Cruising experience for the Australian Twin sisters was short lived, their performance failed to impress, even the famous Italian cuisine so acclaimed on board Italian Liners and particulary on these two ships during their World Voyages failed during the I.C.I. months that the ships were in service, by the end of 1979 they were once again both laid-up with less than a year in service, this would be a long period of hibernation, both Liners now turned into cruise ships were only bought in 1983, the "GALILEO" by CHANDRIS and the "MARCONI" by COSTA. The photo here included shows the ships, brand new, during their Lloyd Triestino years at Genova.

"MARCONI's" beautiful Bow at Barcelona

"GUGLIELMO MARCONI" at her berth in Barcelona, photo taken during my voyage in May of 1976, she was at the time almost 13 years old she was by now sailing for ITALIA LINE on the Europe to River Plate service together with another Italian Legend, the beautiful CRISTOFORO COLOMBO. This photo has just been updated after a new lease of life given by Tim Noble which I really appreciate, thank you Tim

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"MARCONI" at Melbourne during one of her final voyages for Lloyd Triestino

Another beautiful photo sent by John Bone showing the "GUGLIELMO MARCONI" at Melbourne in 1975 during one of her last visits, she was withdrawn from the Australian Regular Transatlantic service by the end of 1975, the ship would join CRISTOFORO COLOMBO on the Europe/River Plate route for the parent company ITALIA NAVIGAZIONE in January of 1976. Also seen here in port is the P & O ARCADIA. Copyright photo John Bone

Monday, March 18, 2013

"GUGLIELMO MARCONI" by Melbourne Photographers John Bone

"MARCONI" is seen here at Papeete and Melbourne in 1975, she was nearing the end of her Australian regular Liner voyages operated by Lloyd Triestino. Photos kindly sent by John Bone from Melbourne, copyright photos. Thank you John Bone for your co-operation on this Blog.

"GALILEO GALILEI" at Wellington in 1967

When I started this Blog in August last year, the aim was to bring back to life "GUGLIELMO MARCONI" and pay tribute to this remarkable ship. She and her sister were two of the finest Italian Liners ever built, the largest of their owners, Lloyd Triestino and two of the best known and successful liners of the Australian Immigrant trade, when they came into service, they were innovative in their conception and design, today eight months later this Blog is followed by the people that it was intended to, a Maritime Museum from Italy showed interest on some of the posts, Italian fans of the ship and even Australian passengers showed interest on the Blog. Just last week Tim Noble from Melbourne, keen follower of the Blog volunteered to send me some photos of the "MARCONI" and her twin sister, the "GALILEO GALILEI" during their down under distinguished carreers. The photo included in this "post" is a classic example of that, "GALILEO" is seen here at Wellington in 1967 an outstanding photo taken by Tim's father in 1967, sailing on the ship as a passenger. A big thank you to Tim Noble and all the followers of this Blog, I will endeavour to carry on this work and will do everything  to turn the Blog appealing, please keep it dynamic from your end with all your comments. Once again thank you to Tim Noble, Lindsey Rex and John Bone Melbourne photographers.

"MARCONI" and "GALILEO GALILEI" cruising for I.C.I.

The first Cruising Experience for the sisters "MARCONI" top photo and "GALILEO GALILEI" was short lived both ships were only in service for about ten months, their service failed to impress both in North America, "MARCONI" and in Europe the "GALILEO", by the end of 1979 both ships returned to Genova and were once again laid-up. All photos copyright Luis Miguel Correia

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"GALILEO GALILEO" travels to Venezuela and North America

During the I.C.I. period both "MARCONI" and "GALILEO GALILEO" were not by any means successful ships, in fact they were losing money, their passenger bookings far from being profitable in order to keep both ships operating, shortly before being withdrawn from service with I.C.I. and being laid-up once again the "GALILEO GALILEI" made a long distance cruise to Venezuela and the U.S.A., at this time I.C.I. was already running out of ideas in order to keep both ships cruising. Photos above from my collection.

"GALILEO GALILEI" in Lisbon during her maiden cruise with ICI

"GALILEO GALILEI" started her maiden voyage with I.C.I. on the 12.4.1979, very first brochure promoting the new cruise ships included here, another former ADRIATICA liner the AUSONIA was also sailing for I.C.I. "GALILEO GALILEI" called in Lisbon during this maiden voyage, here she is captured by the friendly and always hungry lenses of local Maritime Historian and Photographer Luis Miguel Correia, copyright photo. Both ships had extensive refits, their cargo masts were removed but their overall external  profile remained fortunately unchanged, this photo by L.M.C. is a classic example of that, it is in my opinion one of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen of this beautiful passenger ship

"GUGLIELMO MARCONI" converted into a full-time cruise ship

"MARCONI" and her twin sister "GALILEO GALILEI" were very successful ships until 1973 on the migrant trade, after the decrease in passenger numbers travelling by sea and the oil-crisis,the sisters were doomed, everything has been done to keep them in service but eventually they were both withdrawn from Liner services, "MARCONI" was loaned for a short period of time to ITALIA LINE from January 1976 to May of 1977 to be used on the Europe/River Plate route, the "GALILEO" was kept in service until end of March of 1977. By April of 1977 both ships were laid-up near Genoa Airport. In 1978 Italia Crociere, a company owned by ITALIA NAVIGAZIONE chartered the ships for cruising, they were both given extensive refits, the "MARCONI" was sent to New York in December of 1978 an attempt to revive Italian Cruising in North America, "GALILEO GALILEI" started cruising for I.C.I. in March of 1979 mainly in European waters. After spending 14 years as Transatlantic Liners the former Lloyd Triestino sisters were now cruising full-time. Photo above of GUGLIELMO MARCONI copyright Luis Miguel Correia

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lloyd Triestino sisters withdrawn from Transatlantic Regular service

After just about 14 years of regular Liner service the Lloyd Triestino Australian sisters were withdrawn from service, first was the "GUGLIELMO MARCONI" at the end of 1975 and the "GALILEO GALILEI" in March of 1977, "MARCONI" had a brief spell on the Europe to River Plate service sailing together with the CRISTOFORO COLOMBO from January 1976 until May of 1977, their future was very much in the balance, they were both laid-up awaiting better days, the next chapter, conversion to full-time cruise ships, subject for our next "posts".

Monday, March 11, 2013


One of the most beautiful photos of these splendid sisters, the "GALILEO GALILEI" at Hobart in Australia in 1965, her remarkable, clean profile can be truly appreciated here, one of a kind