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.
Posted by: Michael L. Grace December 31, 2008in STEAMSHIP LINESComments Off on 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.
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"…