Monthly Archives: April 2009

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

RMS ATHENIA. Cruiise 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. 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 »

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 »

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 »