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Peter Knego Knows More About Cruise Ships Than Just About Anybody

pkritaSailing with cruise ship expert Peter Knego on the Carnival Breeze gives Paul and Elizabeth a chance to hang out and talk with the renowned author, videographer and ship antiquarian. Knego is one of the few people from the outside to have actually visited and filmed the ship breakers in Alang, India. His passion is recording the cruise fleet today and working to record the historical record of the great classic liners of the past. Born in Los Angeles, CA in 1960, Peter’s interest in passenger ships started in 1973 when he was assigned to research the LUSITANIA for an American History course. In early 1974, he began visiting and photographing nearly every liner and cruise ship that came to Los Angeles, beginning with P&O’s SS ARCADIA, and continues to do so to this day. While he was at UCLA, Peter took his first “serious” cruises, beginning in 1980 with American Hawaii’s newly-rechristened SS OCEANIC INDEPENDENCE. Every year thereafter, he made it a point to sail in an elderly passenger ship until the early 1990s, when he furthered his mission to seek out and document every “forgotten” liner left in the world. In 1992, Peter traveled to Greece to visit the forlorn and soon to be lost former SS AMERICA. Further travels included a 14 night voyage aboard ACHILLE LAURO just a few weeks before she was destroyed by fire; trips to the Ukraine to document the former Cunard twins LEONID SOBINOV and FEDOR SHALYAPIN; an extended “tour” of the Far East to cover aging liners in Japan and China; a visit to the US Reserve Fleet in VA to document the nuclear ship SAVANNAH; a special expedition to the Philippines to see the former Italian liner MV AUGUSTUS; and back to China for the former ANCERVILLE and ORIANA. Dozens more ships have followed over the years.

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  1. Peter Knego says:

    Hello Paul and Elizabeth!

    First off, Happy New Year!

    So very kind of you to post this! It was such an honor and pleasure to be your guest. I’d love to blame the cough syrup I was consuming that day but somehow I said Partner Ship Design was U.K. versus German-based. My apologies for the flub!

    Thanks again and all the best,

    Peter Knego

  2. Katie Gregory says:

    Hi, Peter. I been having the same kind of passion for 15 years. I was seve years old when I first discovered the Titanic. I began reading books and doing research on the oceanliners and cruise ships. I would love to be able to share my passion for ships to the world like you do. As of today, I still have a large interest in cruise ships and oceanliners. I experienced one cruise three years ago which was onboard the Carnival Fascination. I love it. And being at sea for the first time was very beautiful.

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