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 »