Andrea Doria was not the largest vessel nor the fastest that distinction went to SS United States. Instead, Andrea Doria was designed for luxury by the famous Italian architect, Minoletti. Since she sailed southern Atlantic Andrea Doria was the first ship to feature three outdoor swimming pools, one for each class (first, cabin, and tourist). The ship was capable of accommodating 218 first-class passengers, 320 cabin-class passengers, and 703 tourist-class passengers, and 563 crew. With over $1 million spent on artwork and the decor of the cabins and public rooms, including a life-size statue of Admiral Doria, many consider the ship to have been one of the most beautiful ocean liners ever built. She was also considered one of the safest ever built. Equipped with a double hull, Andrea Doria was divided into eleven watertight compartments. Any two of these could be filled with water without endangering the shipâ€™s safety. She also carried enough lifeboats to accommodate all passengers and crew and was equipped with the latest early warning radar.
July 26, 1956 was the date the luxurious Andrea Doria was scheduled to arrive in New York from her westbound crossing that left Genoa Italy on July 17 with stops at Cannes, Naples and Gibraltar. Voyage No. 51 was never completed; on 25 July approaching the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Andrea Doria collided with the eastward-bound MS Stockholm of the Swedish American Line in what became one of history’s most famous maritime disasters. This Cabin Class passenger list is a faithful reproduction of the original and final voyage of this beautiful and tragic liner