Cruising Line History – The Sydney Morning Herald features “Cruising The Past” on their travel page and we honor the Union Steam Ship Lines luxury liner AWATEA.



The Sydney Morning Herald featured this website in their travel section. In response we’ve done a feature on the wonderful Union Steam Ship Lines AWATEA. Check it out in the next listing. This was a jewel of a liner and provided a wonderful service cut short by World War 2.

June 28, 2008 – The Sydney Morning Herald Travel Section

The way we were…

Older cruising enthusiasts who fondly remember when life at sea was more about social interaction and less about eating and day-long organised entertainment will enjoy a new website called Cruising the Past.

It’s edited by an American who began cruising with his parents as a teenager.

Michael Grace, an author and writer for television and film, has since travelled on more than 50 ships and circled the globe three times.

His website examines what he calls the glamour of steamship travel from the 1930s to 1960s, before the hit TV series Love Boat heralded mass-market cruising.

He says he realises that many aspects of cruising today are an improvement, including bigger cabins and a wider range of activities. But some aspects of social interaction are absent.

“There’s no longer a feeling of gentility on most cruise ships,” he says.

“Most of the time you think you’re stuck in a hotel in Las Vegas.”



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