JULY 2012 – Cruising The Past: Website Of The Month – THE WARD LINE We applaud Michael Andelson’s THE WARD LINE terrific website! The Ward Line is best remembered for the ill-fated Morro Castle of 1930. Andelson’s site not only explores the Morro Castle disaster but gives you a unique history of The Ward Line. Footage from the fire of ... Read More »


Instead of those boring shows presented by the cruise lines – the ship’s should rely on their entertainers.   This is a great video of cast members doing their own show instead of the slop created by dreary “stars” like Barry Manilow. All those cruise lines advertise what great times the passengers are having.   They’re wrong. You use to ... Read More »

SS NORMANDIE – The greatest of all trans-Atlantic liners.

THE SS NORMANDIE… crossing the Atlantic and in New York City – 1930s… French Line NORMANDIE – Part One French Line NORMANDIE – Part Two French Line NORMANDIE – Part Three These are probably the finest video available of trans-Atlantic liner service in the late 1930s. Excellent color footage of the French Line’s famous SS NORMANDIE. SS Normandie was an ... Read More »

Video: Sending out an SOS to save the SS UNITED STATES. The historic United States Lines trans-Atlantic liner was designed by a Philadelphia Main Liner

Video: Sending out an SOS to save the SS UNITED STATES. The historic United States Lines trans-Atlantic liner was designed by a Philadelphia Main Liner. Criuising The Past thanks Ryan Richards and for this excellent story on the SS UNITED STATES. By Ryan Richards (Left) The SS United States as viewed from the second level of the IKEA cafeteria. Photos/video ... Read More »


For over a decade, “Titanic” stood as the world’s top-grossing movie, an epic tale of love, adventure, disaster and sacrifice. When it was made, James Cameron was lauded for his attention to detail and accuracy, but modern technology and new theories are telling a different story of what really happened to the “unsinkable” ship. Smithsonian interviews historians, engineers, and scientists ... Read More »

Is HBO’s THE NEWSROOM just a second rate cable version of the hit movie BROADCAST NEWS or a boring homage to the masterpiece NETWORK. NETWORK?

Social History REVIEW: FIRST REVIEW OF HBO’S THE NEWSROOM.  As a trenchant satire of “trash TV,” Network seems to grow only more relevant with each passing year.   How can THE NEWSROOM be taken seriously after seeing this great Academy Award winner film?    Sam Waterston and Jeff Daniels in THE NEWSROOM. THE “WEST WING” CREATOR tells an alluring new ... Read More »

SS ATLANTIC – The American Banner Lines

SS ATLANTIC – AMERICAN BANNER LINES – From a failed pioneering tourist liner to a celebrated university at sea. American Banner Lines 1957-1958 Arnold Bernstein chartered in the summer of 1948 a passenger ship the CONTINENTAL (ex ANCON of 1902) for four round voyages from New York to Plymouth and Antwerp. In 1950-1951 Arnold Bernstein was involved with the Incres ... Read More »

What Went Wrong on the Costa Concordia?

The sight of behemoth pleasure vessel Costa Concordia sideways in the sea became an indelible image around the world. Here’s the full story of how this entirely avoidable vacation-turned-nightmare unfolded. The surreal sight of the Costa Concordia on Jan. 14, 2012, crippled and capsized off the Italian coast the morning after the accident, became an iconic image worldwide. – AP/Wide World ... Read More »

Burial at sea aboard the SS UNITED STATES in the 1950s…

Cruise Ship History – Burial at sea aboard the SS UNITED STATES in the 1950s. Bodies (passengers and crew) were not transported to the next port until recently. The passengers were buried at sea… Photo of a burial at sea aboard the SS United States in the 1950s. The body pictured here on the promenade deck of the SS United ... Read More »

PRINCESS LINERS from Vancouver to Victoria. The Canadian Pacific “night boats”!

Canadian Pacific’s S.S. Princess Marguerite steaming to Victoria, B.C., Canada.   The ship is sailing on the day run from Seattle, Washington, in the 1960s.  Trial Island is seen in the background.  The Canadian Pacific’s princess liners provided service between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.  The small liners were called “night boats” and offered first class overnight accommodations between these cities ... Read More »

REVIEW – The CELEBRITY ECLIPSE is a four star Las Vegas resort at sea headlined by a putting green…

REVIEW – The CELEBRITY ECLIPSE  is a four star Las Vegas resort at sea headlined by a putting green… Dining aboard the CELEBRITY ECLIPSE…  The ship is a Las Vegas resort at sea with a putting green…  Should you want an ocean-liner experience, look to Cunard, Holland-America Line or a smaller Celebrity ship.  But if you want an endless list ... Read More »

President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush cross the Atlantic

Reliving the 1950s AND 1960s … When Stars and Celebrities sailed Cunard’s great liners… President George H. W. Bush and wife Barbara are back home in the US after fulfilling their ambition to cross the Atlantic by sea. Bush, who also took daughter Dorothy and grand-daughter Gigi on the trip, said of the voyage when he arrived on board: “I’ve ... Read More »


S.S. Rex display advertisement… The Italian ocean liner S.S. Rex. The Los Angeles gambling ship S.S. Rex. The other S.S. Rex – a gambling ship off Santa Monica, California in the 1930s and early 1940s. Besides the fabulous Italian ocean liner S.S. REX launched in 1931, there was another S.S. REX.  The far lesser (but profitable) SS REX was operated ... Read More »


Cruise and Ocean Liner History: THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN LINERS The Golden Age Of Ocean Liners – Excellent BBC Documentary… Paul Atterbury embarks on an alluring journey into the golden age of ocean liners, finding out how these great ships made such a mark on the popular imagination and why they continue to enchant to this day. Read More »

Social History: AT&T cable linking the USA to Cuba during the 1950s…

This is a wonderful retro AT&T film on the telephone cable linking the mainland USA and Cuba during the 1950s… USA Social History: The Cuban American Telephone & Telegraph Co. first linked the mainland U.S. (Key West) with Cuba in 1921. That first cable was extremely primitive, just two wires protected by insulation and armor. Read More »