United States Cruises Publicity Material
Courtesy of Rich Rabbett
Richard Hadley acquired the SS United States in 1980. The ship would cost roughly $150 million to refit as a time share cruise ship. Brochures were printed, press releases issued, time share deposits were taken, and contracts were signed with shipyards. It was rumored that there were plans to send the ship to Haiti for asbestos removal. Following that, Alabama Shipbuilding & Drydock Company would install a new top sun deck, and the ship would finally travel to HDW Shipyards in Hamburg to undergo final outfitting. Due to financial difficulties, no major work was ever performed on the SS United States by the Hadley interests. The United States Cruises publicity material below represents what could have been for the SS United States that never was.