Maritime Menus – New York Times features Cruising The Past… When Princess Cruises served Beluga Caviar to the final voyage of the RMS Queen Mary to the Rex…


 In connection with the New York Times excellent story on maritime menus, we’ve assembled a large selection of ocean liner and cruise line menus from the past for viewing.

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 Cruising the Past was featured in the New York Times.  Click here to read the excellent story on ocean liner menus by Kate Murphy. 


First Class on Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN MARY – 1967 – aboard the final voyage to Long Beach… 


First Class Dinner Menu aboard the NYK Line’s MS HIKAWA MARU – Only Japanese passenger ship to survive WW 2. One year before Pearl Harbor. NYK owns Crystal Cruises… 

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Tourist Class Dinner Menu on the M.S. Lafayette 1937


Gala Dinner aboard the Italian Line’s REX – 1940 – First Class

Farewell dinner aboard the Swedish America Line’s KUNGSHOLM – 1960


Forty Years ago… when Princess Cruises served Beluga Caviar – 1973 aboard the MV ISLAND PRINCESS

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Breakfast aboard the SS United States – 1960s – First Class

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First Class aboard American President Line’s SS PRESIDENT CLEVELAND – 1971 – Enroute from Honolulu to Japan – Last days of the American flag liner and passenger service aboard USA ships… 
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Menu cover for Delta Line’s SS DEL SUD, various menus from American coastal steamships. 

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First Class Menu – Dinner aboard the SS United States – 1952… 

United States Lines – Caviar and Filet Mignon

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Dinner aboard the Farrell Line’s (US flag) service from New York to South Africa – early 1950s…  Ship was all First Class… 

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Grace Line’s First Class Breakfast service aboard the SS SANTA ROSA – 1968 – Enroute from New York to South America



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"…