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Cruise Line History – Steamship race from Australia to New Zealand across the Tasman Sea – 1938 – TSS AWATEA (Union Steamship Company) vs the SS MAIRPOSA (Matson Lines).

TSS Awatea racing the SS Mariposa across the Tasman Sea. Painting by W.W. Stewart of the TSS Awatea (Union Steamship Company) overtaking the S.S. Mariposa ( Matson Lines) on 13th August 1938 at 2pm in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. In her day the Awatea was regarded as one of the most luxurious and fastest liners of ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Rare travel book on the SS MARIPOSA’s last voyage to Scandinavia from California cby mystery writer John D. MacDonald and Capt. John H Kilpack

The elegant all first class liner SS MARIPOSA – sailing in the South Pacific of Pago Pago on a Matson Line Cruise in the 1950s. If you can find a copy on Ebay or Amazon, rush to buy Nothing Can Go Wrong By Capt. John H. Kilpack with John D. MacDonald. Here is a vacation post card, a valentine and ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – A “retro” youTUBE video of cruising aboard the last American steamship line serving the 49th State!

Watch our new video and see what it was like aboard a 1954 sailing to ALASKA on the SS Alaska. This a great retro 1950s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving goodbye — something rarely seen today. See the ship sail ... Read More »

Cruising Line History – The Sydney Morning Herald features “Cruising The Past” on their travel page and we honor the Union Steam Ship Lines luxury liner AWATEA.

  The Sydney Morning Herald featured this website in their travel section. In response we’ve done a feature on the wonderful Union Steam Ship Lines AWATEA. Check it out in the next listing. This was a jewel of a liner and provided a wonderful service cut short by World War 2. June 28, 2008 – The Sydney Morning Herald Travel ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – Union Steam’s luxurious T.S.S. Awatea was the “only way to cross” the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand in the late 1930s!

The T.S.S. AWATEA Far away from the Trans-Atlantic services – “Down Under” – Union Steam Ship Company operated a fleet of excellent passenger ships between Australia and New Zealand until 1960. The Awatea was the ultimate statement in luxurious service and was the only way to cross the Tasman Sea in the late 1930s. Unfortunately, this beautiful jewel of a ... Read More »

Cruising The Past: Santa Fe’s all Pullman SUPER CHIEF – The train of the Stars!

The all-Pullman SUPER CHIEF… the media covered all the stars arriving on this famous train. The Super Chief was one of the named passenger trains and the flagship of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It was often referred to as “The Train of the Stars” because of the many celebrities who traveled on the streamliner between Chicago, Illinois ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: John Maxtone-Graham’s magnificent tribute to the illustrious and ill-fated SS NORMANDIE is a must for anyone interested in ships and liners.

Normandie was unquestionably the most beautiful ocean liner ever built. The world’s largest at the time, she also became the world’s fastest. Her art deco interiors were unrivaled: capacious, elegant, and chic, decorated by teams of France’s most talented artists. Yet Normandie was plagued with frustrations—never attracting more passengers than the competition and tragically ending her days in flames at ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: THE MIOTTEL COLLECTION – “The mother lode of liner collections and tributes to the S.S. Normandie and any liner…” – History of the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE

    “If there’s a better or more lovingly displayed collection of S.S. Normandie material in the world (and that includes France), I don’t know of it. What Crash has assembled here is nothing less than the history of a legend. For people interested in transatlantic shipping in general and the Normandie in particular, it is the mother lode.” Harvey ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: GLORIA SWANSON aboard the SS PARIS in 1924 — “the most luxurious liner in the world!”

1925: American actress Gloria Swanson (1899 – 1983) and her husband, Marquis Henri de la Falaise on board the SS Paris. A great video on the SS PARIS from Joanna Coleman’s youTUBE website. Our thanks to her and please visit by clicking here. The SS Paris leaving New York. The SS Paris was a French ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: UNITED STATES LINES SS WASHINGTON AND SS MANHATTAN – $127 One-Way – From New York to Europe in 1938 – TEDDY KENNEDY was a passenger!

The United States Lines had these ads running in a 1938 edition of Travel Magazine. Europe would enter World War II the following year. United States Lines to Ireland, England, France and “Nazi” Germany… Rose Kennedy with daughters and sons, Teddy and Bobby, sailing on the SS Washington to Europe… Peter Lorre aboard the SS Washington returning from England to ... Read More »

CRUISE WEDDING 2008 – There is still romance aboard ship…

If this happy and attractive couple had been sailing before the early 1980s — they could have had the wedding party, guests, streamers and a send-off of friends aboard ship. But no visitors are allowed today. Leaving on a ship is as tiresome as departing aboard a plane. A ships sailing use to be very romantic and filled with memories. Read More »

Cruise Ship History: BLUE STAR LINE’S SS ARANDORA STAR – “The most delightful cruising liner in the world” met a tragic end in a shameful British episode in World War 2 – 800 innocent lives lost!

We want to acknowledge Fraser’s wonderful BLUE STAR LINE website. This is one of the best historical sites devoted to a great steamship company. Click here to visit and our since thanks to Fraser, who served as s ship’s officer aboard many of the Blue Star ships, for the wonderful photos… U.S. advertisement in Travel Magazine. Appearing in a 1938 ... Read More »

A Brief History of the Cruise Ship Industry…

A Brief History of the Passenger Ship Industry The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to be concerned with the comfort of their ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: 40,000 PHOTOS IDENTIFYING SHIPS, PORTS AND PEOPLE ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE STEAMSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Please read the attached news release from SSHSA – the Steamship Historical Society of America. If you love ships and want to actively support the history of cruising consider joining the SSHSA. They publish an excellent quarterly magazine along with a newsletter and soon will have a web supported newsletter. For full information on the Steamship Historical Society of America ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Italian Line’s SS ANDREA DORIA’s 57th Launching Anniversary – Tribute to the great ship launched on June 16, 1951 which met such a tragic end…

Great video showing the wonderful Italian Liner SS Andrea Doria from her golden years to her tragic sinking. Today — we tribute the launching of the SS Andrea Doria — 57 years ago today. We also salute all those loyal cruise passengers who have continued to travel over the years. They are the living history of what it was like ... Read More »

Alaska Steamship Company – Cruise Line History – 1954 Retro Video of Alaska Cruise aboard SS ALASKA seen on Google

This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving goodbye — something rarely seen today. See the ship ... Read More »

CRUISE LINE HISTORY is featured on web

Click on the following press release that was distributed this morning to media outlets… New Website Features Cruise Ship History Read More »

1954 ALASKA CRUISE – New Cruise Line History Video

Our new video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – a retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Video Includes: Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors ... Read More »