Transmission 16: Joyce Phalen

Liz and Tracey Phalen pose in front of the SS United States, March 1963. Courtesy of Tracey Phalen.

Liz and Tracey Phalen pose in front of the SS United States, March 1963. Courtesy of Tracey Phalen.

It was so exciting when we moved away from shore with all the people waving and streamers flying — just like the movies!

We lost about 1 1/2 hours per night for 4 nights, so I had to put our watches ahead before going to bed and had to catch up on sleep with naps.

There were so many activities aboard—I remember I took my girls Liz and Tracey to the Huckleberry Finn movie and they had a ball. Tracey, the baby of the family, was so good too (for a change).

The food was tremendous. They had a menu with so many different selections and everything was delicious. It seemed like we ate all day and we would weigh a ton by the time we reached Bremerhaven.

Liz wore the little black dress to dinner one night and Tracey had hers on also. A lady came over and said, “Your children look adorable!” And they did!

— Joyce Phalen, former passenger, who sailed with her daughters Liz and Tracey, and her husband Rich.