Cruise Line History – INDEPENDENCE DAY aboard ship. Menus featuring “Russian Caviar” and “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938.

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Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900 – Russian Caviar

Liners and cruise-ships use to serve Caviar in first class – at least once or twice during each voyage.  That is a perk of the past.  Now the food is superior institutionalized cuisine on most ships.   Like a an okay banquet.  The caviar is gone and so is first class.


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United States Lines SS MANHATTAN – July 4th Menu -1937 – Australian Kangaroo Tail Soup

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Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ALEUTIAN – July 4th Menu – 1938 – More Russian Caviar

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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"…

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