Breaking News

GOOD MORNING! – Breakfast aboard the Cunard Line when “getting there was half the fun”! MAD MEN memories – during the 1950s and 1960s… Specialty of Cunard: Onion Soup Gratinée Lyonnaise for breakfast…

Specialty of Cunard:  Onion Soup Gratinée Lyonnaise  for breakfast…  During the heyday of Trans-Atlantic service, Cunard Line’s extensive fleet of ships, from the RMS Queen Mary to the RMS Caronia, provided extensive breakfast offerings in all classes.  We’ve included first, cabin and tourist class breakfast menus.  These menus are for liner voyages (New York to Europe) and not cruises.  On ... Read More »

CRUISING THE PAST AUCTIONS – RMS TITANIC and RMS QUEEN MARY MEMORABILIA…

CRUISING THE PAST AUCTIONS – RMS TITANIC and RMS QUEEN MARY MEMORABILIA… RMS QUEEN MARY AUCTION… April 26th: Grogan and Company Auction: LARGE ASSEMBLAGE OF RMS QUEEN MARY ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS, RENDERINGS AND PLANS; Morris & O’Connor, N.Y., Architects; the renderings of various interior sections of the ship comprising approximately 156 loose, unmounted drawings, 11 large scale mounted drawings, 1 framed ... Read More »

1930s Liner History – The MS PILSUDSKI … they call this ship the Polish “Titanic”…

MS PILSUDSKI docks in New York – 1938… On November 26 1939, over seventy years have passed since the Polish legendary ocean liner M/S Pilsudski, one of the largest and most modern passenger ships that sailed under the Polish flag, sank off the English coast. Today, the ship herself is shrouded in mystery, probably comparable with that of the legendary ... Read More »

NASCAR’s earliest days forever connected to bootlegging…

Social History: NASCAR’s earliest days forever connected to bootlegging… Bootlegger speeding away. Perfect training ground for NASCAR. The stories would be very nearly clichéd, if they weren’t at the same time oh-so true. If you’re even remotely familiar with NASCAR lore, you know the tales. A bunch of dirt poor good ol’ boys who lived anywhere from Virginia on down ... Read More »

A NEW YORK SUMMER CRUISE TO CANADA – 1937

1937 CRUISE – NEW YORK TO NOVA SCOTIA ABOARD EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY From Youtube: home movies, a trip to Nova Scotia leaving from Pier 18 in NYC. (Some notes indicate it may be 1937.) We see Yarmouth and Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, some large passenger ships, some of coastal Canada and a clam wrapped up in a box. The Bug ... Read More »

REVIEW: AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES and THE AZAMARA JOURNEY – Carrying on a tradition from Cruising the Past when getting there was half the fun!

We are proud to give Azamara Club Cruises a strong recommendation. Azamara follows in the tradition of great yacht like ships such as the elegant Stella Polaris. Considered the most beautiful cruise-ship of her time, she is seen at night in Stockholm, Sweden – mid 1950s.  Cruising The Past reviews and recommends cruise-ships and hotels providing a tradition of good service along with ... Read More »

CRUISING THE PAST NEW VIDEOS – Sailing to Alaska in the 1950s…

Our new video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – a retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Video Includes: Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors ... Read More »

The Night Boats – Eastern Steamship Lines…

Eastern Steamship Lines was one of the last American flag coastal passenger services. The steamship Calvin Austin pulls away from the Eastern Steamship Company wharf in Lubec. Pope’s Folly island appears in the immediate background. Austin was President of the Eastern Steamship Company, formed in 1901 by a merger of the Eastern Steam Ship Co. with other lines. In 1901, ... Read More »

The 20th Cenutry Limited in the 1930s and Kim Novak in the 1950s…

A promotional film made in 1935 by the New York Central Lines. Features a journey on the 20th Century Limited, once America’s premier train. The New York-Chicago market was the premier intercity passenger service for Eastern railroading and the New York Central’s 20th Century Limited competed with rival Pennsylvania Railroad and its Broadway Limited for top honors (although based from ... Read More »

Looking back at PAN AM – History of Pan American World Airways…

Wonderful video – History of Pan American World Airways. Documentary telling the story of how Pan American World Airways kick-started the jet-age and shrank the globe. Real-life ‘Pan Am girls’ recall a high-life of luxury and glamor; rubbing shoulders with celebrity passengers, international romances and having to wear the now infamous girdle. Stars of the jet-age such as Robert Vaughn ... Read More »

FREIGHTER TRAVEL IN THE 1950s and 1960s…

Johnson Line’s Silver Gate sails out of Vancouver for Europe via the west coast and Panama Canal in the 1950s… Prior to JET air travel in the late 1950s and 1960s, travel by cargo ship was commonplace. For those seeking privacy and wanting to avoid the large ocean liners and cruise ships freighter travel was perfect. Accommodations aboard the Johnson ... Read More »

THE SS MARIPOSA’S LAST CRUISE in 1977…

Cruise and liner history: Matson Lines and the Pacific Far East Lines. The SS Mariposa on a South Pacific cruise in the 1960s.  Great video aboard one of the last American flag cruise and passengers ships crossing the Equator.  When class and style were king. The elegant all first class liner SS MARIPOSA – sailing in the South Pacific of Pago ... Read More »

QE2 liner may return to Hong Kong as a floating hotel…

A Merry Queens Grill Christmas to one and all. Filmed onboard QE2, 15-17th December 2006. Views of ship. Gregory Dorothy, Assistant Waiter in Queens Grill restaurant, demonstrates how to prepare Crepes Suzette. From Keith Wallis at South China Morning Post… The iconic luxury passenger liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is set to return to Hong Kong this summer on its way to ... Read More »

Liner History: SS PASTEUR 1939 Cie de Navigation Sud Atlantique – A career cut short by WW 2… She became the BREMEN…

Great youtube video: The “TSS Pasteur” was a special case in ocean liner history. The great liner was never officially in service. It arrived just in time for World War II and saw little passenger service.  The Pasteur was one of the least-documented great liners of its era, yet its interiors were truly magnificent. This video is an excellent collection ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: Brooke Astor’s disgraced son is allegedly selling a fraudulent RMS TITANIC heirloom pocket watch for one million dollars and claiming it is the one worn by John Jacob Astor to his death…

Cruise and Social History: Brooke Astor’s disgraced son is accused of hawking fake heirlooms to Titanic II partiers…  The Astors were a sailing family… Wonderful video of Brooke Astor sailing on scores of ocean liners from the 1900’s – 1950’s. She died in 2007 aged 105. Brooke Astor’s son is allegedly trying out a new fraud as he was allegedly hawking a fake gold ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – The largest movie theatre ever built!

A wonderful video all about Radio City Music Hall’s great history… At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality ... Read More »

ARE THESE PHOTOS FROM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA? TAKE A GUESS OR CONTRIBUTE. DO YOU KNOW?

Paul Swift sent us the following great photos. The ship is departing. Crowds, streamers and farewells. Paul couldn’t exactly state where the ship was departing from and had no record in connection with these photos. He suspected it was Sydney, Australia. I consulted maritime expert Peter Knego, Maritime Matters, and he thought it was most likely Sydney. He pointed out ... Read More »

THE 747 OF THE 1920s… THE DORNIER DO X… THE LARGEST FLYING BOAT IN THE WORLD…

The Dornier Do X was the largest, heaviest, and most powerful flying boat in the world when it was produced by the Dornier company of Germany in 1929. First conceived by Dr. Claudius Dornier in 1924, planning started in late 1925 and after over 240,000 work hours it was completed in June 1929. During the years between the two World ... Read More »