GREECE: Well-Heeled Achilles

"Greece," gushed Elsa Maxwell, "is a poor country but a proud one. When the Queen said that Greece needed tourist business, it suddenly occurred to me that someone should organize a cruise." Suiting the action to the thought, yeasty, 72-year-old Elsa went to work, talked Greek Shipping Magnate Stavros Niarchos into the loan of the new liner Achilleus, and assembled a likely guest list. The Queen of the Hellenes, who herself went cruising last year on the Achilleus' sister ship Agamemnon (TIME. Sept. 13, 1954), was not invited. "I decided not to have any Greeks," said Elsa. "because there's...

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