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The first civilian casualty of World War II was the Anchor-Donaldson liner RMS ATHENIA which was chartered to the Cunard Line.

Cruise history looks at the first civilian casualty of World War II.  The passenger ship was the Anchor-Donaldson liner RMS ATHENIA which was chartered to the Cunard Line.  She was sunk without warning west of Scotland by the German submarine U-30. RMS ATHENIA The German U Boat U-30 had been at sea for several days, under strict orders to avoid ... Read More »

Murder, suspicious deaths and disappearing at sea aboard liners and cruiseships of the past.

Actress Gay Gibson, the victim, steward James Camb, the killer and the “death ship” Durban Castle. A first class passage from South Africa that turned from lust to murder aboard a cruise ship of the past. Murder, suspicious deaths and disappearing at sea aboard liners from Cunard to Union-Castle have made cruise history.   The romantic decks of “The Love Boat” ... Read More »

Color home movies aboard Home Line’s OCEANIC – “The largest ship built exclusively for cruising!”

Homeric had one of the first Balcony/Terrace Suites. Cruise History: By the mid 1960s, when jets had killed off all but the stragglers on the North Atlantic, Home Lines introduced the OCEANIC. Once it was late enough for people to have forgotten the initial intention for the ship to work as a two class liner between Italy and Canada in ... Read More »

From a classic liner to a floating condo.

Cruise History: Aft views of  the classic French Line SS France (Norway) and Celebrity Cruises new SS Celebrity Solstice. Are ships going from classic beauty to floating condos? Look at these photos and judge for yourself. Ship building progress – from a classic liner to a floating condo: Aft view of the SS France (Norway). The last of the classic ... Read More »

The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the side wheelers.

Cruise History – The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the side wheelers and night boats.   The Fall River Line was a combination steamboat and railroad connection between New York City and Boston that operated between 1847 and 1937. It consisted of a railroad journey ... Read More »

Cruising The Past begins second year looking at cruise history.

Our cruise history website begins its second year as a growing encyclopedic source of cruise, steamship and liner information. Cruising The Past also deals with the history of famous trains and hotels. This popular cruise history chronicle of travel has grown during the past twelve months.  Cruising The Past now continues to have a growing number of regular visitors. Since ... Read More »

1948 Documentary of Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

Cruise History: Great 1948 Documentary of Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. Follows the ships arrival in Southampton, England – having crossed the Atalntic from New York – docking, pilot guiding her into port, with tour of the ship. Glorious black and white footage of the Elizabeth’s interiors and exteriors – along with time spent aboard with officers and crew. Extensive ... Read More »

The Delta Line – Cruising to South America from New Orleans in the 1950s.

The Delta Line  was cruising to South America from New Orleans in the 1950s.  The steamship company introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South American services in the post-war years of the 1940s. In keeping with the trade name of the company, “Delta Line”, the three vessels were given “Del” names DEL NORTE, DEL SUD and DEL MAR. The ... Read More »

Sailing in 1956 aboard Cunard Line’s Mauretania to Cuba.

Cruise History: Sailing aboard Cunard Line’s Mauretania to Cuba on a 10-Day Cruise. How soon before U.S. Citizens can cruise to Havana? It has been a long time. Americans were cruising aboard Cunard, French Line and Holland-America up until the late 50s. The next best thing for the moment may be this “video” youTUBE voyage aboard Cunard Line’s SS Mauretania ... Read More »

SS Florida from Miami to Havana

In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida.  This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals. YouTube video of cruise ship arriving in Havana – this was recent – but it would have been the same view in 1958 aboard the ... Read More »

Hollywood to Honolulu, the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company…

Cruise History: New book published by the Steamship Historical Society of America features company founded by Harry Chandler, Los Angeles Times publisher, during the 1920s. Hollywood to Honolulu, the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company by Martin Cox and Gordon Ghareeb. The authors spent 14 years researching the company (aka LASSCO) that offered cruises and liner service to the ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA was the cruise ship of millionaries.

Cruise History: Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA was the cruise ship of millionaires. The Caronia was called the “Green Goddess” – and probably is the most famous cruise ship of all time. The RMS CARONIA TIMELINE is a website we are saluting. It is devoted to this great ship. This truly is a lovingly created site and one of the best ... Read More »

When ships had passenger lists…

Cruise History: Looking back at passenger lists – “the bible” of travelers aboard the great liners and cruise ships. Passenger lists were given to all those booked aboard liners and cruise ships up until the 1970s. From Cunard to the French Line, the Lurline to the Queen Mary – these were an important source of information regarding who would be ... Read More »

RMS Titanic cruise to mark anniversary of ship’s fateful voyage.

Cruise History: The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic is to be marked with a cruise that will follow the ship’s original route.  Bookings for the historic cruise opened today – exactly 97 years after the Titanic was lost – with the departure date set for early April, 2012.  The Balmoral, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, ... Read More »

April 14, 2009 – the 97th anniversary of the loss of RMS Titanic.

Cruise History: On April 14, 2009, the world will mark the 97th anniversary of the loss of RMS Titanic, the “unsinkable” White Star luxury liner that struck an iceberg 375 miles off the coast of Newfoundland and sank on its maiden voyage, taking over 1,500 people to their deaths.  The Titanic – the myths, the facts and the band played ... Read More »