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The QE2 hotel project appears to be on hold in Dubai.

QE2 arriving in Dubai last November. Will the QE2 make cruise ship history as a hotel or eventually be sent to the scrap heap? The QE2 hotel project appears to be on hold in Dubai. Looking forlorn, forgotten and unloved, Cunard’s former queen of the Atlantic swelters under the glare of the fierce, unremitting Dubai sun as temperatures climb to ... Read More »

Delta Line – The last truly American flag passenger steamship company.

Delta Line (Mississippi Shipping Co.), New Orleans (1919-85) Cruising The Past looks at the Delta Line.  They provided service from Gulf of Mexico and east coast of South America; originally established by coffee merchants to ship Brazilian produce directly to the Mississippi Valley through New Orleans, bypassing New York. Officially the Mississippi Shipping Company until 1962, but was already known ... Read More »

World War II Canadian Pacific Railway Coastal Night Boat Schedule.

World War II Canadian Pacific Princess Lines Schedule issued in 1944.  Memorial Day cruising the past looks at probably the only coastal passengers ships operating during World War II.  Seattle residents were fortunate because they could head north to Victoria and Vancouver by boat.   These schedules show operations between Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria.  Many of the services were suspended because ... Read More »

A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON.

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued running into ... Read More »

Sophisticated New Yorker cartoons on cruising.

Cruise history presents a collection of 1960 cartoons from the New Yorker commenting on Caribbean cruises. We have also included a list of some of the dumbest questions asked by passengers on cruise ships today. The Questions: Will the ship return to sea level when we dock? Does the crew sleep on-board? What time is the midnight buffet? Which elevator ... Read More »

Video cruise history of the French Line’s SS Normandie.

Video cruise history of the French Line’s fabulous liner SS Normandie. SS Normandie was a French ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. When launched in 1932 she was the largest and fastest ship in the world, and she maintains the distinction of being the most powerful steam turbo-electric propelled passenger ship ever built ... Read More »

Part One – Handbook of American-flag passenger ships in 1955.

In 1955 America’s fleet of ocean-going passenger ships was fast diminishing. The year before, Alaska Steamship Lines had gone out of business with the loss of four passenger ships and the Bull Line serving Puerto Rico laid up their last passenger ship.  In examining cruise ship history in 1955, there were still 40 active American-flag ships with a total passenger ... Read More »