1923 – 1956 / An intermediate Cunarder without the flair of her larger fleetmates, the second Franconia entered service in the years between the world wars. She served with distinction in both peace and war, before being sent to the breakers in 1956.
1924 – 1962 / Also known as Empress of Australia (II) and Venezuela / Built as a smaller, less glamorous ship of the French Line, De Grasse was captured by Germany during WWII. Returned to her original owners after the war, she was later sold to Canadian-Pacific Line. Her final years was spent as an Italian ship on the South American run.
1927 – 2006 / A truly unique vessel, the Stella Polaris was constructed purely with cruising in mind. Offering an exclusive experience, she quickly became a legend in her field and would enjoy a long, distinguished career. After a few decades as a stationary ship in Japan, she was unfortunately lost when she sank while under tow in 2006.
1927 – 1940 / As one of the last ships built with reciprocating engines in conjunction with an auxiliary turbine, the second Laurentic was an intermediate White Star liner built to fill gaps in the interwar years. When World War II broke out, she was refitted as an armed merchant cruiser, and in that guise she was torpedoed and sunk in 1940.
1927 – 1945 / As the largest and fastest liner on the South American run, this German liner saw great success during her early years. She remained stationary during World War II, and was tragically bombed in 1945 while packed full with prisoners transferred from concentration camps. More than 5,000 lives were lost.
1928 – 1965 / Also known as Italia / As Swedish-American Line’s second newbuild, the Kungsholm offered both crossings and cruisings up until the outbreak of World War II, when she was requisitioned and used as an American troopship. After the war, her career continued under a new name with Home Lines.