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Dubai may sell QE2 to tackle debt crisis The high-profile “trophy asset” of Dubai’s boom years may have to be sold to pay off the emirate’s mounting debts.

Is QE2 doomed to the scrap heap in India?  Bring out the worry beads! Cruise Ship History: Dubai may sell former Cunard Line QE2 to tackle debt crisis – The high-profile “trophy asset” of Dubai’s boom years may have to be sold to pay off the emirate’s mounting debts.  The QE2 competes with the RMS Titanic for media attention. From ... Read More »

PALM SPRINGS AND THE STREAMLINER

Retro look at the 1950s – Cruising the Past – A major element in the development of Palm Springs was the Southern Pacific Railroad. At one time the SP offered passenger service on over eight daily trains. The SP served Palm Springs from a Spanish style station especially built for the resort in the late 1930s. SP, at one time, ... Read More »

MARITIME UNIONS HELP KILL THE AMERICAN PASSENGER SHIP – SS AMERICA LEAVES 100s OF PASSENGERS STRANDED IN 1963.

SS AMERICA – Didn’t sail in Sept 1963 – because of a strike. Cruising the Past: The Maritime Unions – corrupt leaders, under gangster control, along with the JET, helped kill American passengers ships.  Maritime strikes were endless throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.  The workers demanded more wages, shorter hours and guess what?  All American passengers ships disappeared in ... Read More »

DISASTER AT SEA – SS VESTRIS

CRUISE HISTORY – The S.S. Vestris was a passenger and cargo liner built by Workman Clarke & Co. Ltd. of Belfast, Ireland, for the Lamport & Holt Line. She weighed 10,660 gross tons, had twin screw propulsion, a speed of 15 knots, and could carry 280 first class, 130 second class, and 200 third class passengers with a crew of ... Read More »

FINDING STEAMSHIP PASSENGER LISTS, IMMIGRATION RECORDS – 1820s – 1940a

FINDING STEAMSHIP PASSENGER LISTS, IMMIGRATION RECORDS – 1820s – 1940a Cruising The Past receives numerous requests for ship’s passenger lists, manifests and listings.   The following may help in your search.  We suggest you visit the following websites: JOE BEINE’S LISTING OF PASSENGER LISTS AND IMMIGRATION RECORDS _______________________________________________________ By searching Google you will find many indexes of passenger lists (also called ... Read More »

Size Matters: Oasis of the Seas vs RMS Titanic

OASIS OF THE SEAS vs RMS TITANIC RMS TITANIC is dwarfed by the new OASIS OF THE SEAS – A comparison in size. Size Matters: Big Media Coverage For The World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Creates Cruise Ship History Cruise Ship History: Before Royal Caribbean’s new “Oasis of the Seas” begins its first voyage on December 1, it will already have ... Read More »

SS EVA PERON and SS EVITA – DOES MADONNA KNOW?

Cruise Line History: DOES MADONNA KNOW THAT EVITA (EVA PERON) HAD TWO CRUISE SHIPS NAMED AFTER HER? The Argentine liners were called the SS EVITA and the SS EVA PERON. They were similar in design to the SS JUAN PERON. The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA. Three views of the SS EVA PERON (later ... Read More »

The SS OLLANTA – 12,500 Feet Above Sea Level – Ernesto “Che” Guevara crossed Lake Titicaca on his revolutionary journey.

CRUISE HISTORY: High in the Andes mountain range, a huge lake straddles the borders between Bolivia and Peru. Lake Titicaca is one of the largest lakes in South America being more than 115 miles in length and over fifty miles across at its widest point. Although over 12,500 feet above sea level and at least 200 miles from the coast, ... Read More »

HISTORY SETTING OASIS OF THE SEAS – THE LARGEST CRUISE SHIP IN THE WORLD SAILS INTO FLORIDA

Cruise History was made as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Oasis of the Seas arrived into Port Everglades in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. The weather was PERFECT!!! Oasis of the Seas is now the largest cruise ship in the world.  Five times bigger than the Titanic.  Watch and listen to the excitement as the Oasis enters her home Port for the first ... Read More »

P&O’s SS HIMALAYA

S/S Himalaya was the first new passenger liner of the postwar period for P&O. The Himalaya was a splendid ship and the fastest and largest ship P&O had ever owned until that time. She had a top speed of 25 knots. The Himalaya was a contemporary of Orient Line’s Orcades and these ships marked a gradual coming together of the ... Read More »

SAILING TO JAPAN DURING THE JAZZ AGE

CRUISING THE PAST – SAILING TO JAPAN DURING THE JAZZ AGE – ACROSS THE PACIFIC – ABOARD THE NYK LINES AND OSK LINES Jazz Age Destination – 1920s – YouTube video – great films of the fabulous Orient before WW2. M/S Asama Maru (1929) and M/S Tatsutu Maru (1930) – NYK Line One of Japan’s proudest periods in passenger shipping ... Read More »

OASIS OF THE SEA IS FIVE TIMES THE SIZE OF THE RMS TITANIC – THE OASIS HAS BEEN VOTED ONE OF THE UGLIEST SHIPS IN THE WORLD

FIVE TIMES BIGGER THAN THE RMS TITANIC – THE OASIS OF THE SEAS Departs Finland. A new chapter in Cruise History. The Oasis has also been voted one of the ugliest ships in the world. THE OASIS OF THE SEAS – Aft view. THE DOOMED TITANTIC CRUISE HISTORY: OASIS OF THE SEAS, the world’s largest cruise ship, passes the island ... Read More »

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD – TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY MERCER

HOLLYWOOD HISTORY – HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD – TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY MERCER GREAT YOUTUBE VIDEO OF HOLLYWOOD HISTORY – CLICK TO PLAY John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American songwriter and singer. As a songwriter, he is best known as a lyricist, but he also composed music. He was also a popular singer who ... Read More »

SS CHUSAN – P&O LINES – THE LINER WAS KNOWN AS “THE HAPPY SHIP”

CRUISING THE PAST: SS CHUSAN – P&O LINES – THE LINER WAS KNOWN AS “THE HAPPY SHIP” CRUISE LINE HISTORY: The SS CHUSAN was a smaller version of the Himalaya and was designed as the principal element in the postwar regeneration of the Indian and Far East service. Indeed in some ways she was a long overdue replacement for the ... Read More »

The Orient Steam Navigation Company

ORCADES in Sydney Cruising Line History: The Orient Steam Navigation Company, also known as the Orient Line, was a British shipping company with roots going back to the late eighteenth century. From the early twentieth century onwards an association began with P&O that eventually culminated in the Orient Line being totally absorbed into that company in the 1960s. Ten Pound ... Read More »

Rosa Rio at the Tampa Theatre Wurlitzer Organ playing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” – She’s 107 and the oldest living theatre organist in the world.

Social History: Rosa Rio at the Tampa Theatre Wurlitzer Organ – She’s 107 and the oldest living theatre organist in the world.  She was also a famous staff organist for NBC.  She played for such famous radio shows as: Lorenzo Jones, The Shadow and Town Hall Tonight. Be sure to click on the You Tube Video arrow above – to ... Read More »