Stories from passengers
Julius F. Apuzzo
(Los Angeles, USA)
Passenger: Julius F. Apuzzo
Date of travel: 25 April 1970
Route: New York - Naples
J.F. Apuzzo writes:
"On Thursday, April 30, there was an announcement made that the ship would be stopping at Algeciras at approximately 1:00 am to let off some passengers. I stayed up late and went out on deck around 12:30 am. I was standing next to one of those wings from the ships bridge. I was amazed at how many people were out on deck. It was a cloudless night and a smooth sea. I could feel the ship slowing down and then stopping.
We were in
the Strait of Gibralter and could see lights in the distance from Spain and
the other side Africa.
understand why so many passengers were out to see this grand ship lit up in
all its white glory,
One of the wonderful things about the Michelangelo was its extensive outdoor decks. Even though they were separated into 3 classes (tourist, cabin, first) no one said anything if you went exploring the ship which I did every day.
May 1 I read in the "Ships Activities Of The Day" (that was always under our
cabin door in the morning) that in the theatre they were showing "Sweet
Charity" in English. A lot of the films were shown with Italian dialog and
English subtitles). So I snuck up to the entrance to the balcony of the
theatre which I believe was for 1st class only and found a perfect seat
midway back in the center. I was amazed at the quality of the theatre. The
seats were cushiony and comfortable and the theatre was big (not at all like
the shoeboxes that are everywhere these days.) The film was shown in its
original 70MM format with wonderful sound. I enjoyed it immensely....I
think that's why its still one of my favorite films to this day.
Those are 2 of my favorite memories from that April 25, 1970 crossing. Being only 15 at the time I didn't really appreciate all the wonders of this great ship. I'm surprized that my pictures are so limited. I regret not having taken more.
We are thankful in special way to Jiulius F. Apuzzo for have provided us all the images that we got from the rare book "T/N Michelangelo", the book printed in a very small number of copies by the Italian Line as presentation of the liner. These few copies were not destined to the sale, but only to the business agents, and some important personages.