"Born in 1855 the French Line started operating on the Le Havre to New York run in 1864 and since those days its name has come down to signify the finer things of an Atlantic crossing - service, cuisine, atmosphere. It has meant being absorbed into a world of pure delight and mundane living in which your holiday starts from the moment you sail. It has also meant answering a need on the select sea lanes of the North Atlantic - a need the traveler feels for a ship of speed whose tempo is yet one of leisure, of Continental charm and New World efficiency, of world famed cuisine and consummate service. A ship that brings you to Europe refreshed and braced for the adventure ahead."

-French Line "France Afloat" Brochure, 1956