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Cruising the Past: The Hindenburg. Color video of the great airship. Memories of the fastest way to “cross the pond” during the 1930s. 2 and 1/2 Days. And the most expensive way to go!

Cruising the Past: The Hindenburg. Color video of the great airship. Memories of the fastest way to “cross the pond” during the 1930s.  2 and 1/2 days!  And the most expensive way to go! The Airship Hindenburg was the last great passenger zeppelin. 1937 Video of the Zeppelin Hindenburg – new color footage of the airship, including the Hindenburg burning. ... Read More »

Cruise News: P&O cruise ship passengers revolt over ‘prison’ conditions aboard World Cruise. Bad luck for ship where champagne bottle did not break as liner was blessed. A bad omen?

Cruise News: P&O cruise ship passengers revolt over ‘prison’ conditions aboard World Cruise.  Bad luck for ship where champagne bottle did not break as liner was blessed.  A bad omen? The Aurora has suffered a string of bad luck since its naming ceremony went awry. Holidaymakers compared their round-the-world voyage on the Aurora to being in prison after engine problems ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: MATSON LINE’S SS LURLINE IN SAN DIEGO

The SS Lurline docking at San Diego’s Broadway pier in the 1930s. The SS Lurline was the third Matson vessel to hold that name and the last of four fast and luxurious ocean liners that Matson built for the Hawaii and Australasia runs from the West Coast of the United States. Lurline’s sister ships were SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and ... Read More »

Cruise History: 50 BELLBOYS ABOARD THE RMS TITANIC DIED SMOKING AS WOMEN FILLED BOATS ESCAPED THE DOOMED WHITE STAR LINER

April 21, 1912 – Among the many hundreds of heroic souls aboard the fatal RMS TITANIC who went bravely and quietly to their end were fifty happy-go-lucky youngsters shipped as bellboys or messengers to serve the first cabin passengers. James Humphries, a quartermaster, who commanded lifeboat No. 11, told a little story today that shows how these fifty lads met ... Read More »

Cruise History: Is the QE2 headed for the Dubai scrapyard? Rumors are floating around the former Cunard Line ship is going to be scrapped because the Dubai economic bubble has gone bust.

Cruise History: Is the QE2 headed for the Dubai scrapyard?  Rumors are floating around the former Cunard Line ship is going to be scrapped because the Dubai economic bubble has gone bust. The QE 2 on her last voyage. The Business Insider website is reporting the QE 2 is being scrapped. Last year, once the world’s fastest liner in the ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Battle continues on fate of relics from doomed ship RMS Titanic. The tragic story of the famous liner just gets more tragic.

Cruise Ship History: Battle continues on fate of relics from doomed ship RMS Titanic. The tragic story of the famous liner just gets more tragic. The Titanic was one of the largest passenger ships at its time in 1912. It was captained by Edward John Smith. It left England on April 10, 1912 and docked in France and Ireland before ... Read More »

Cruise history: The GOLDEN BEAR II – California Maritime Academy’s third training ship started as a cargo-passenger vessel. The Delta Line’s DELORLEANS served briefly on the “banana” South American run just before World War 2. But her destiny was great. Training 1000s of American student cadets.

Cruise history: The GOLDEN BEAR II – California Maritime Academy’s third training ship started as a cargo-passenger vessel. The Delta Line’s DELORLEANS served briefly on the “banana” South American run just before World War 2.  But her destiny was great. Training 1000s of American student cadets. The DELORLEANS leaving New Orleans for South America in 1941. The California Maritime Academy’s ... Read More »

Cruising the Past in the 1920s: Travel and society in the twenties. The “Lost Generation” aboard ships, trains and hotels. Getting there for Americans was “half the fun”!

A great youtube video of Flappers… They sailed and cruised aboard foreign flag liners that sold booze… They crossed America aboard great trains… They stayed in famous hotels… Read More »

Cruise History: Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA. With Caviar the norm – known as the “Green Goddess” – she was the most deluxe ship ever built for cruising.

A Cunard Line advertising film, the cruise of the ship Coronia thru the Mediterranean with stops and side trips to many of the major cities with quick shots of interesting sights and maps showing route as the tour progresses. The Caronia arriving in Long Beach, California, on her 1955 World Cruise. RMS Caronia was a 34,183 gross register tons (GRT) ... Read More »

Cruise History: Nostalgia will rule the waves on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. New ship will honor the first liner by the same name. Stepping on board Cunard’s latest cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth, will be like walking onto the set of Poirot.

Yesterday, Cunard Line revealed itinerary and design plans for its newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, which is scheduled to enter service on 12 October 2010, giving one of the oldest names in shipping the strength of operating the youngest fleet in the industry. Queen Elizabeth will be the third new ocean liner to be introduced by Cunard in six years ... Read More »

Cruise History: Cruising aboard the SS Alaska in the 1950s. The last years of Alaska Steamship Line service from Seattle.

1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. Our own Cruising The Past video featuring the Alaska Steamship Line and their flagship SS ALASKA.  Sailing to the Inside Passage and into northern waters during the 1950s.  Clips from family films along with documentaries on this famous American flag carrier. The Alaska Steamship Company was formed on August 3, 1894. Charles Peabody, ... Read More »

Cruise History: Anchor Line and Fred Pansing’s portrait of the RMS Caledonia. Premier liner from Glasgow to New York.

This quality three-quarter portrait view of the Anchor Liner CALEDONIA must have earned Fred Pansing some additional acclaim to his already well established reputation with the passenger liner companies. Bristling with speed and strength, the massive liner is churning water on her way to America. The anxious passengers and crew are visible, with the heights of the red air vents ... Read More »

Cruise History: Henry Ford, Fred Astaire and Paul Robeson aboard the SS Majestic – Cunard/White Star Line – The world’s largest liner “crossing the pond” during the 1920s.

Take a cruise aboard the SS Majestic through these vintage black and white home movies courtesy of www.shipgeek.com. Bon voyage! Henry Ford with Wife and Friends on Liner: Henry Ford Returns As “John Robinson!” Traveling incognito for reasons best known to himself, Henry Ford, automobile magnate, returned to the United States with his wife and party aboard the S. S. ... Read More »

Cruise History – Rare travel book on the SS MARIPOSA’s last voyage to Scandinavia from California by 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 »

20th Century Limited – Greatest train in the world – When everything old is new again, or could be … on today’s New York Social Diary …

Ready for departure in 1947 from Chicago’s La Salle Street Station the opulent Twentieth Century is 16 hours from Grand Central Station, New York. My latest contribution to New York Social Diary – is a profile of New York Central’s 20th Century Limited.  Considered the greatest train in the world.  Until the 1950s, this all-Pullman streamliner was the only way ... Read More »

Cruise History – Remembering Katharine Hepburn aboard Holland America Line’s great trans-Atlantic liner SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM. A “queen” of Art Deco design and style.

A wonderful Dutch film/video on the great liner. Throughout the 1930s a remarkable period of growth was experienced by the merchant fleets of many nations. This growth occurred in spite of a depression that put a strangle-hold on the world-wide economy. Our thanks to Reuben Goossens, 47 years in the Passenger Shipping/Cruise Industry, and one of the great authorities on ... Read More »

SS FRANCE – last of the great ocean-going liners.

Enjoy these great full color home movies shot by a lucky couple who traveled on the SS France Eastbound, and the SS Liberte Westbound, here combined to suggest a mythical time when such a trip might have been possible in the early 1960s. Bon Voyage! SS France arrives in New York to great celebration on her maiden voyage in 1962. ... Read More »

Cruise History – 1950s Retro home movies and films of the SS ALASKA cruising the past aboard the Alaska Steamship Line…

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 »

Cruise History – 1930s home movies aboard the liner SS Bremen and photos of famous passengers. Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich, J. Krishnamurti, William Randolph Hearst and Jimmy Donahue.

These are amusing black and white home movies shot aboard the SS Bremen in 1930 courtesy of shipgeek.com. The SS “Bremen” of 1929 was one of a pair of ocean liners built for the Norddeutsche Lloyd line (NDL) for the transatlantic passenger service. The “Bremen” was notable for her low streamlined profile, and modern approach to her design. Her sister ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Our Retro 1950s Cruise Video – SS CATALINA sails again to Avalon – The Great White Ship was scrapped last month in Mexico after a valiant effort to save her.

A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued running into the mid-1970s. They provided daily service throughout the summer from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. The SS AVALON lies at ... Read More »