Cruise Ships & Liners

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company

Cruise and Social History: 1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the Alaska Steamship Company as she makes her final departure and ... Read More »


Cary Grant was a big fan of Holland-America Line…   Holland-America Line’s beautiful SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM at the 5th Street Hoboken terminal of the line in 1952. In 1938 one of the most popular and finest ocean liners ever built entered service as the new flagship. SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM (1938), a ship of 36,287 gross tons, remained with the company until ... Read More »

THE LOVE BOAT AND PRINCESS CRUISES – History of Princess Cruises – The “first” Love Boat!

Princess Cruises History: Exploring the origin of Princess Cruises and their naming the “Princess” ships. Where did the name of each of their “Love Boat” cruise ships originate? A painting by Michael L. Grace of the first “Love Boat” and original cruise ship of Princess Cruises – the PRINCESS PATRICIA. Ready to sail from Los Angeles, seen docked at the ... Read More »

LOVE BOAT sails into the Sunset…

One of the most famous cruise ships of the modern era, the former Pacific Princess, has made a final voyage to a scrapyard in Turkey. The 42-year-old vessel, recognizable to millions of Americans as the “Love Boat” of 1970s and 1980s television, will be dismantled for its metal and parts. Tiny by today’s standards, the 19,903-ton, 600-passenger ship has been ... Read More »


This site just isn’t about the past… And the following youTUBE video proves the crews are always having more fun. This was shot aboard the Norwegian Sun. The show, presented by the ship’s entertainers, is far more entertaining than the usual dreary show put on by the cruiseline. All those cruise lines advertise what great times the passengers are having. ... Read More »


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The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern BC sites. He also realized there was little competition in ... Read More »

Sailing on the SS Lurline to Hawaii – Late 1940s…

Sailing on Matson Line’s SS LURLINE in the 1940s from San Francisco to Honolulu. A wonderful video when “Getting there was half the fun!” The video claims that it is from 1950 but this is actually footage of the Lurline’s maiden voyage from California to Hawaii. Following World War 2, the Lurline was returned to Matson Lines in mid-1946 and ... Read More »

MAD MEN TV Travel in the 1960s – Sailing from Los Angeles to Nassau aboard the P&O-Orient Lines liner SS ORIANA. Part One…

MAD MEN Series Travel in the 1950s and 1960s: Thanks to TravBuddy and contributor Andy99 for the following account of a voyage he made aboard the SS Oriana (P&O Orient Lines) from Los Angeles to Nassau. This voyage was one of many available during the MAD MEN TV era – 1950-1960s. A wonderful video tribute to the SS Oriana… By ... Read More »

THE CHILEAN LINE – South American Steamship Company (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores – CSAV) from New York to Chile in the 1930s…

Alonso de Ercilla, Chilean Motorship TRAVEL AND SOCIAL HISTORY – THE CHILEAN LINE – NEW YORK TO CHILE via THE PANAMA CANAL – PERU AND ECUADOR Steamship History and Cruise History – South American Steamship Company (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores – CSAV) – Their passenger service did not survive after World War 2.  This is the cover of a ... Read More »

Two more months and the SS United States could head to the scrap yard. Conservancy Hopes to Raise Enough to Save Ship With Help From Redevelopment Project.

SS United States arrives in New York – 1950 Travel and Social History: Two more months and the SS United States may head to the scrap yard.  Conservancy Hopes to Raise Enough to Save Ship With Help From Redevelopment Project. The SS United States, docked in Philadelphia, has been working towards the goal of raising enough money to save the ship ... Read More »