Monthly Archives: September 2008

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

Alaska Line video – retro 1954 sailing – click on arrow to play and pause button to stop. 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 ... Read More »

Cruising The Past: 1936 German/Nazi Olympics were a destination aboard ships of the North German Lloyd Line. Midnight sailings were offered from New York on the Bremen and Europa.

This ad appearing in the Literary Digest (1936) exploits the Winter and Summer Olympics with service aboard North German Lloyd liners the EUROPA and BREMEN available from New York with a Midnight Sailing.  These departure times, guaranteed morning arrivals in European ports.  Round-trip first class fares started at $215. For two weeks in August 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship camouflaged ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – Burial at sea aboard the SS UNITED STATES in the 1950s. Bodies (passengers and crew) were not transported to the next port until recently. The passengers were buried at sea.

Photo of a burial at sea aboard the SS United States in the 1950s. The body pictured here on the promenade deck of the SS United States most likely could have been a crewmember in the stewards or catering department. Notice how canvas curtains have been placed so passengers could not see the burial. Besides the officers, there are mainly ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Princess Cruise Lines new ad tells it like it is. Cruising by great liners, Pullman trains, 1970s glamor of “Love Boat” compared to the grim reality of air travel today.

Princess Cruises excellent and rather cynical television ad (click on arrow) reminds everyone what we already know about the horrors of air travel as compared to sailing aboard a ship. The Pullman Company use to have the greatest safety record and so did such venerable companies such as the Santa Fe. Today, rail travel in America is not a great ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Judy Garland, Marlon Brando and Salvador Dalí aboard America’s greatest liner the SS UNITED STATES “crossing the pond” in the 1950s!

Marlon Brando and Salvidor Dali enjoying after dinner coffee in the First Class Lounge of the SS United States. It’s Captain’s Dinner aboard the SS United States in 1956 in the First Class Dining Room.  And this is the one night Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Producer Sid Luff and his wife Judy Garland with friend John Carlyle (and ... Read More »

Cruise Line History: Comparison of the 2008 and 1929 Crash! In 1929 – “Crossing the Pond” on Cunard Line – you may have lost all your money at sea! Yesterday, September 15th, the dollar loss for anyone would have been on a crowded jet! At least the ship was more glamorous way to go from millionaire to pauper!

Great youTUBE Video – press arrow to watch – aboard the RMS Berengaria as it was “crossing the pond” when the 1929 Wall Street crash happened. Passengers left England as millionaires and arrived in New York without a penny. The ship was featured in The Beautiful and Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Click below to read more: Cunard Line’s RMS ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Walt Disney and his family sailed to Hawaii on Matson Line’s famous liner in the 1950s.

In the 1950s – Walt Disney sailed with this wife and daughters on the Lurline.  Mr. and Mrs. Disney had sailed in the 1930s on Matson Lines.  Walt was a big fan of cruise travel and sailed trans-Atlantic many times.  Walt Disney first sailed to Hawaii with his wife, Lillian, in 1934.  Disney was very friendly with passengers and even ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: “Crusing the Past” – A history of the cruise line 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 Line History – Hello Sailor! Gay life on merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s. Exhibit at the Merseyside Maritime Museum – Liverpool, UK.

VIDEO Watch a short video of Jo Stanley talking about the exhibition on the (click here) Homotopia TV blog. Hello Sailor! looks at life on board passenger and merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s, a time when homosexuality was illegal and for gay men there were few places to be safe. “BACK STAGE” Crew Party. The following is a ... Read More »