Cruising The Past begins second year looking at cruise history.

Our cruise history website begins its second year as a growing encyclopedic source of cruise, steamship and liner information. Cruising The Past also deals with the history of famous trains and hotels. This popular cruise history chronicle of travel has grown during the past twelve months.  Cruising The Past now continues to have a growing number of regular visitors.

Since February 2008, our website has presented a wide selection of maritime material concerned with steamship travel and cruising from the 1930s through the 1960s.  The appeal is international in scope.  Nearly every country in the world has had internet users visiting the site.

Michael L. Grace, one of the creators of the musical Snoopy based on Charles M. Shultz “Peanuts” and a seasoned historian of cruise ship travel, is the editor of the website:

Grace wrote for the hit TV series “Love Boat” during the 1980s – mainly for the two hour specials featuring the ship visiting many part of the world.

The highly successful TV show was responsible for today’s burgeoning cruise industry.

It influenced many TV viewers who made their first cruise because of the TV series.

Grace has traveled on over 50 cruise ships and has circled the globe three times.

Grace feels: “The Cruising The Past website examines the glamor of steamship travel prior to the introduction of 747s and the mass cruise market created by the hit TV series Love Boat. They are taking a close look at a “retro” period when there were no security checks, 24-hour buffets or baseball caps worn by passengers. The website studies an age when “getting there was half the fun” in an era when travel was an event and not a nightmare.”

Our site includes a good number of videos on cruises prior to the 1950s. Cruising The Past has a large library of early cruise line material along with a major collection of film footage from the first half of the last century dealing with cruise ships.

Grace is currently finishing a book focused on how the TV Series “Love Boat” effected the cruise industry and the popularity of contemporary cruising.

Grace added: “We realize many aspects of modern day cruising are much more comfortable than these earlier ships. Cabins are larger and there is a much wider choice of accommodations and activities. But certain aspects of social interaction are absent. There is no longer a feeling of gentility on most cruise ships. Most of the times you think you’re stuck in some strip hotel in Vegas that’s been dropped down in the sea.”


About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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