I can certainly comment on Canberra. She didn't roll continuously in any weather during my time working on her from 1971 to 1973. I have made comments loads of times that she was a far better sailor than modern day cruise ships twice her size. So to say she rolled all the time in any weather is not true. I only did one Med cruise on the old Oriana. The only thing I disliked about her was that she vibrated down aft. Very annoying especially when performing medical procedures, but she didn't roll anything like the current Oriana which certainly rolls in any weather including off Ryde in slight seas which really amazed me. Not even the Wightlink ferry rolled in same seas a few hours earlier.Brett talked about sailing many times on the Achille Lauro and said that
"Food was never great though but she was the most stable ship I have ever sailed on."
We had a trip as passengers on the Achille Lauro in 1969, from Wellington to Southampton. Most of the time she seemed pretty comfortable but my notes from the time mention a day when she was being thrown about a bit until they put out the stabilisers. My record says that that made a remarkable difference.
I've recently dragged out those notes because I decided the time was long overdue to tidy up the "logs" of many sailing holidays in the 1950s before they get tidied away into some dustbin. I'm including the Achille Lauro and one or two later events. Another comment in the log, based on talking to other passengers, was that the Angelina Lauro rolled more than the AL, that the Canberra rolled continuously in any weather, and that the Oriana is steady in a calm sea but "throws a fit if it is rough".
Any comments on those two ships? I can't see that there is any thread for them.
I was off the coast of South Africa, on passage from Cape Town to Rayong via the Sunda Strait, when the Achille Lauro caught fire.
We were too far away to render any assistance, but followed the story as it unfolded, from the Sat A messages sent from the RCC.
I always found it ironic that despite all the high-tech comms gear on board that ship, the initial alarm was raised by a small Thai cargo ship QSPing the distress call made on 500KHz by CW.
Was this the last time that Morse was used to raise the alarm at sea? Probably the last ocean-going passenger ship anyway.