Category Archives: Peninsular and Occidental Steamship Company

$42 to Cruise 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 »

P&O LINE’S SS HIMALAYA

Wonderful historical youTube video of P&O Line’s S.S. HIMALAYA. SS Himalaya was a passenger liner of 27,955 grt built for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company by Vickers Armstrong’s Barrow Yard and delivered to them in 1949. She was initially employed solely on the Company’s service from the UK to Australia but was latterly also employed on crusing duties ... 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 »

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 »

Cruise News: P&O cruise ship passengers revolt over ‘prison’ conditions aboard World Cruise. Bad luck for ship where champagne bottle did not break as liner was blessed. A bad omen?

Cruise News: P&O cruise ship passengers revolt over ‘prison’ conditions aboard World Cruise.  Bad luck for ship where champagne bottle did not break as liner was blessed.  A bad omen? The Aurora has suffered a string of bad luck since its naming ceremony went awry. Holidaymakers compared their round-the-world voyage on the Aurora to being in prison after engine problems ... Read More »

Cruise History – The Last Ocean Liners: When you could go around the world by taking a liner voyage and not a cruise!

   American Export Line’s SS CONSTITUTION Courtesy of a wonderful website called LAST OCEAN LINERS Until the early 1970s, it was routinely possible to schedule extensive world journeys by transferring between three, four or more different ocean liners on point-to-point line voyages. The services were promoted to take advantage of a coordinated system of fares and schedules among cooperating shipping ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: SHIPS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT. Turned into hotels! The liners QUEEN ELIZABETH, AMERICA, UNITED STATES, CANBERRA and soon to be the QE2.

By Paul Ash – Accidental Tourist (Times, Johannesburg, South Africa) US Line’s SS AMERICA waited 15 years to be converted to a hotel and then was wrecked while being towed. Some people think the QE2 should have been scrapped, like so many other famous liners, on the beaches of Alang in India. Others say better a floating hotel than being ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: SS FLORIDA sails to Havana, Cuba in 1952 for $42.00 per person. Including all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals.

Florida’s Peninsular and Occidental Steamship Company was a pioneer in today’s billion-dollar Florida cruise business.  Until Castro’s regime closed Cuba to cruise ships in 1960, the SS FLORIDA was sailing three times a week from Miami.  The SS FLORIDA had first sailed from Key West to Cuba until the 1934 devastating hurricane destroyed the terminal and rail connections to Miami.  ... Read More »