Cruise History: March 1939 Ad from Hamburg-America Line – North German Lloyd pitching their Trans-Atlantic commuter service. World War 2 would start in six months.

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Advertisement from “House Beautiful”  selling travelers on sailing aboard Hapag-Lloyd liners six months before the beginning of World War 2.  Americans bought passage and the trans-Atlantic crossings were full.  The USA was still very isolated from the realities of the coming war and were visiting Germany and Europe during the summer of 1939.  By the time this “young commuter” would be a teenager the war would be over and the once mighty German passenger fleet finished.

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About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…