Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

Cruise History: The SS Catalina is seaworthy no more. The once-proud steamship, which ferried millions of passengers to the island town of Avalon, is being cut for scrap after sitting for years in Ensenada harbor.

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. A CRUISING THE PAST VIDEO: Our nostalgic video look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS.  The CATALINA and the AVALON were day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW ... Read More »

The Cruise Lines are Liars. The ship’s crews always have more fun. They are partying while the passengers are watching jugglers, ventriloquists or versions of old Broadway Shows!

This site just isn’t about the past… All those cruise lines advertise what great times the passengers are having. They’re wrong. You use to be able to hang out with crew members. No more. Most of the time the cruise lines are pitching junk like spas, art auctions, napkin folding, etc.   Yet the crew are having a blast. And the ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – The SS United States. The fastest liner ever built. Video of celebrities and presidents. From Harry S. Truman to Elizabeth Taylor sailing aboard the great liner.

Great youTube video on the SS United States from past to present.  The SS United States. Read More »

Cruise History: Classic liner makes final world cruise. The Saga Rose (formerly the Sagafjord) sailed Monday from Southampton on her last world cruise. The famous ship has made 44 voyages circumnavigating the globe.

The sleek and stately Saga Rose (formerly the Sagafjord). The cruise ship Saga Rose, one of the oldest cruise ships in the world, sailed Monday (Jan 5th) on an historic voyage from her home port in Southampton – its 44th (and final) round-the-world-cruise, more than any other cruise ship including the recently retired QE 2. The elegant and dramatic dining ... Read More »

Cruise History: Matson Line’s MALOLO sailed around the Pacific in October, 1929. Many millionaires aboard went from fat cats to paupers. And people ask if history repeats itself!

  MALOLO leaving Los Angeles – 1920s. The SS Malolo (later known as Matsonia, Atlantic, and Queen Fredrica) was an American Cruise liner built by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia in 1926 for the Matson Line. She was the first of a number of ships designed by William Francis Gibbs for the Matson Line. Films of the SS Malolo. The ... Read More »

Ports of Call: New York – The recession has reached the ritzy Rainbow Room – Home to Manhattan glamour and sophistication – The famous Rockefeller Center nightspot many people visited before sailing aboard famous liners from Manhattan will close temporarily.

The famous Rainbow Room in the 1940s.  Live radio broadcasts were heard on NBC from the nightspot. The recession has reached the ritzy Rainbow Room, the special-occasion spot that overlooks midtown Manhattan from high above the tourist-attracting Rockefeller Center skating rink. The Rainbow Room – 1990s Since the 1930s, passengers sailing from New York on the great liners would visit ... Read More »

For cruise ship history enthusiasts join the Steamship Historical Society of America.

PRINCESS PATRICIA.  This Canadian Pacific Line’s coastal ship was chartered in the 1960s for cruises to Mexico and was the original vessel used to establish Princess Cruises.  This was the first “love boat.”  By joining the Steamship Historical Society of America you open a world of cruise ship history. The Steamship Historical Society of America was established in 1935 to ... Read More »

Cruise History: American Export Line’s SS CONSTITUTION. The trans-Atlantic ship was featured in “I Love Lucy” and in the classic film “An Affair To Remember” – the famous liner also carried Grace Kelly from New York to Europe where she would go from American movie star to Princesse de Monaco.

1955: Officers and crew assemble aboard the SS Constitution docked in Manhattan. The SS Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951. She sailed on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence.  The ships were two of the world’s most famous, popular, ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY – THE NEW YEAR IS CELEBRATED ABOARD THE S.S. UNITED STATES DURING THE 1960s – Military and diplomatic families traveled first class.

The S.S. United States. “The S.S. “United States”” by Paul McGehee. The famous liner, known as the “Big Ship” departs her United States Lines pier in New York’s Hudson River for a transatlantic run in 1963. The “United States” was THE liner to be on, and be seen on…luminaries from world leaders to Hollywood royalty (Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Bob ... Read More »

Major Cruise Ship History Event of 2008 – The final departure of Cunard Line’s QE2 from Southampton. Marking the end of the “liner” era. One of the most important media and historical cruise ship events this year.

Click above to see an excellent video on the November departure from Southampton of the QE2. The QE2 seen on one of the ship’s many annual “Around the World” voyages. Read More »