Monthly Archives: May 2009

More passenger lives were lost on the 1914 sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland than the RMS Titanic.

Cruise History: More passenger lives were lost on the the 1914 sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland than the RMS Titanic. The story of the Canadian Pacific liner is not well known, since World War I broke out only a month later. Try asking someone, “Have you heard of the Empress of Ireland?” You will most likely hear, “No. ... Read More »

1967 British Pathe Newsreel of Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary.

1967 British Pathe Newsreel of Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary. Video You Tube footage of her final departure from Southampton to make cruise history for her new home in Long Beach. The RMS Queen Mary sailed October 31, 1967, around South America via Cape Horn, on Final Voyage to Long Beach. She arrived December 9, 1967 in California. 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 »