Category Archives: UK STEAMSHIP AND CRUISE LINES

The First Class menus for the last meal on the RMS Titanic.

RMS Titanic’s last meal for first class passengers is featured below to to celebrate a milestone in Cruise History commemorating the sinking of the White Star Liner on April 15, 1912.  Cruising the past features the first class menu served to the doomed passengers before the ship struck an ice berg and sunk. With over nine courses, passengers were served ... Read More »

Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC.

Cruise History – New York – Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC.  After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE.   In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le ... Read More »

Cruise History: 50 BELLBOYS ABOARD THE RMS TITANIC DIED SMOKING AS WOMEN FILLED BOATS ESCAPED THE DOOMED WHITE STAR LINER

April 21, 1912 – Among the many hundreds of heroic souls aboard the fatal RMS TITANIC who went bravely and quietly to their end were fifty happy-go-lucky youngsters shipped as bellboys or messengers to serve the first cabin passengers. James Humphries, a quartermaster, who commanded lifeboat No. 11, told a little story today that shows how these fifty lads met ... Read More »

Cruise History: Is the QE2 headed for the Dubai scrapyard? Rumors are floating around the former Cunard Line ship is going to be scrapped because the Dubai economic bubble has gone bust.

Cruise History: Is the QE2 headed for the Dubai scrapyard?  Rumors are floating around the former Cunard Line ship is going to be scrapped because the Dubai economic bubble has gone bust. The QE 2 on her last voyage. The Business Insider website is reporting the QE 2 is being scrapped. Last year, once the world’s fastest liner in the ... Read More »

Cruise History: Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA. With Caviar the norm – known as the “Green Goddess” – she was the most deluxe ship ever built for cruising.

A Cunard Line advertising film, the cruise of the ship Coronia thru the Mediterranean with stops and side trips to many of the major cities with quick shots of interesting sights and maps showing route as the tour progresses. The Caronia arriving in Long Beach, California, on her 1955 World Cruise. RMS Caronia was a 34,183 gross register tons (GRT) ... Read More »

Cruise History – Remembering Katharine Hepburn aboard Holland America Line’s great trans-Atlantic liner SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM. A “queen” of Art Deco design and style.

Katharine Hepburn During Interview

A wonderful Dutch film/video on the great liner. Throughout the 1930s a remarkable period of growth was experienced by the merchant fleets of many nations. This growth occurred in spite of a depression that put a strangle-hold on the world-wide economy. Our thanks to Reuben Goossens, 47 years in the Passenger Shipping/Cruise Industry, and one of the great authorities on ... Read More »

SS FRANCE – last of the great ocean-going liners.

Enjoy these great full color home movies shot by a lucky couple who traveled on the SS France Eastbound, and the SS Liberte Westbound, here combined to suggest a mythical time when such a trip might have been possible in the early 1960s. Bon Voyage! SS France arrives in New York to great celebration on her maiden voyage in 1962. ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – A BUSY DAY IN NEW YORK HARBOR – 1930s… Great video of many liners and night boats on the Hudson.

Cruise Ship History – A BUSY DAY IN NEW YORK HARBOR – 1930s…  Great video of many liners and night boats on the Hudson. The spectacular sight of 358,274 tons of shipping docked in New York Harbour. From front to back, the liners are the Hamburg, the Bremen, the Columbus, the De Grasse, the Normandie, the Britannic, the Aquitania, the ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – A new TITANIC Controversy about the “unsinkable” ship – Did passive good manners kill “polite” British passengers while “pushy” Americans survived aboard the doomed (Cunard) White Star Liner?

A new TITANIC controversy.  Did passive good manners kill “polite” British passengers while “pushy” Americans, who don’t know from standing in lines (or queues), survive aboard the doomed (Cunard) White Star Liner RMS TITANIC? You can judge for your self.  A new Titanic controversy is a brewing.  Here are two current news articles on the subject. But first, for those ... Read More »