The Legendary Super Chief, Flagship Of The Santa Fe – Train of the Stars!

Cruising The Past welcomes you aboard the legendary Santa Fe Super Chief – the train of the stars.  Extra Fare – All Pullman Streamliner. She came on the Super Chief. One reason that the Santa Fe became such a famous railroad was because of its flagship passenger train, the Super Chief (and, the railroad also claimed the most streamliners in ... Read More »

ALASKA CRUISE VIDEO – 1954 – $9.00 PER DAY

1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. ALASKA CRUISE – 1954 – $9.00 PER DAY. Cruising The Past presents an historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of ... Read More »

SS France Eastbound – SS Liberte Westbound

Cruising The Past takes you aboard the SS France and SS Liberte.  Great cruise ship history – with videos of the French Line ships. 1950s trans-Atlantic glory.  When going by ship was a joy – with class and grace.  Enjoy these gorgeous full color home movies shot by a lucky couple who traveled on the SS France Eastbound, and the ... Read More »

Website of the Month: Maritime Matters

Website of the Month: Maritime Matters Martin Cox presents a terrific website.  Cruising The Past is pleased to feature it as a our website of the month.  Martin covers maritime history along with contemporary cruising.  You will read about… Cruise ships, ocean liners, cruise ship news, shipping news, live blogs from onboard cruise ships and thousands of photographs of cruise ... Read More »

Cruise History – The Last survivor of “unsinkable” Titanic dies at 97.

Cruise History – The Last survivor of “unsinkable” RMS Titanic dies at 97. Millvina Dean was the youngest passenger on RMS Titanic, just nine weeks old when she was wrapped in a sack and lowered from the sinking ship into a lifeboat bobbing on the frigid North Atlantic. Dean lived to become the disaster’s last survivor. She died Sunday at ... Read More »

The QE2 hotel project appears to be on hold in Dubai.

QE2 arriving in Dubai last November. Will the QE2 make cruise ship history as a hotel or eventually be sent to the scrap heap? The QE2 hotel project appears to be on hold in Dubai. Looking forlorn, forgotten and unloved, Cunard’s former queen of the Atlantic swelters under the glare of the fierce, unremitting Dubai sun as temperatures climb to ... Read More »

Delta Line – The last truly American flag passenger steamship company.

Delta Line (Mississippi Shipping Co.), New Orleans (1919-85) Cruising The Past looks at the Delta Line.  They provided service from Gulf of Mexico and east coast of South America; originally established by coffee merchants to ship Brazilian produce directly to the Mississippi Valley through New Orleans, bypassing New York. Officially the Mississippi Shipping Company until 1962, but was already known ... Read More »

World War II Canadian Pacific Railway Coastal Night Boat Schedule.

World War II Canadian Pacific Princess Lines Schedule issued in 1944.  Memorial Day cruising the past looks at probably the only coastal passengers ships operating during World War II.  Seattle residents were fortunate because they could head north to Victoria and Vancouver by boat.   These schedules show operations between Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria.  Many of the services were suspended because ... Read More »

Furness Bermuda Line – The “Millionaires” ships from New York to Bermuda.

Furness Bermuda Line – The “Millionaires” ships from New York to Bermuda. In 1919 Furness Bermuda Line was awarded the mail contract for the New York to Bermuda service. This service reached its zenith in the years just before the Second World War when Furness Bermuda Line ordered two magnificent luxury liners – the Monarch of Bermuda and the Queen ... Read More »

Can you identify these two ships?

Identify these two ships.  There were no captions.  One appears to be a coastal night boat and the other a steamer from the 1920s.  Crusiing the past – cruise history puzzle! Read More »

A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON.

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued running into ... Read More »

J. Pierpont Morgan’s yacht Corsair IV became a cruise ship to Mexico.

J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ship whose short career would end in tragedy but it happened on a sailing from California to Acapulco in 1949. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, made cruise history, owning four magnificent yachts christened Corsair, and ... Read More »

Website of the month: AIRSHIPS.NET. All about the airship Hindenberg.

Cruising the Past awards Dan Grossman’s AIRSHIPS.NET as website of the month. Grossman’s excellent site tells the story of the airship Hindenburg. She was the fastest way to “cross the pond” during the 1930s. 2 and 1/2 days! And the most expensive way to go! The Airship Hindenburg was the last great passenger zeppelin. 1937 Video of the Zeppelin Hindenburg ... Read More »

The MS Angelina Lauro the sister-ship to the famed terrorist high jacked Achille Lauro.

Cruise History – The MS Angelina Lauro was the sister-ship to the famed terrorist high jacked Achille Lauro.  MS Oranje, later known as MS Angelina Lauro, was a passenger liner, a wartime hospital ship and finally a cruise ship that was lost while being towed for scrap. She sank in a storm in the mid-Pacific, on 24 September 1979. The ship underwent 25 ... Read More »

Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Salvador Dali and the Windsors aboard the SS United States

Gary Cooper and family.  From an ad in Holiday Magazine – 1950s. The SS United States, when it came to passengers, had a lot of cruise and social history. The list of celebrities, artists, musicians and heads of state that have sailed this great trans-Atlantic liner in it’s 1950’s heyday is impressive (the likes of the Duke and Duchess of ... Read More »

More passenger lives were lost on the 1914 sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland than the RMS Titanic.

Cruise History: More passenger lives were lost on the the 1914 sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland than the RMS Titanic. The story of the Canadian Pacific liner is not well known, since World War I broke out only a month later. Try asking someone, “Have you heard of the Empress of Ireland?” You will most likely hear, “No. ... Read More »

1967 British Pathe Newsreel of Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary.

1967 British Pathe Newsreel of Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary. Video You Tube footage of her final departure from Southampton to make cruise history for her new home in Long Beach. The RMS Queen Mary sailed October 31, 1967, around South America via Cape Horn, on Final Voyage to Long Beach. She arrived December 9, 1967 in California. Read More »

Sophisticated New Yorker cartoons on cruising.

Cruise history presents a collection of 1960 cartoons from the New Yorker commenting on Caribbean cruises. We have also included a list of some of the dumbest questions asked by passengers on cruise ships today. The Questions: Will the ship return to sea level when we dock? Does the crew sleep on-board? What time is the midnight buffet? Which elevator ... Read More »

Video cruise history of the French Line’s SS Normandie.

Video cruise history of the French Line’s fabulous liner SS Normandie. SS Normandie was a French ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. When launched in 1932 she was the largest and fastest ship in the world, and she maintains the distinction of being the most powerful steam turbo-electric propelled passenger ship ever built ... Read More »

Part One – Handbook of American-flag passenger ships in 1955.

In 1955 America’s fleet of ocean-going passenger ships was fast diminishing. The year before, Alaska Steamship Lines had gone out of business with the loss of four passenger ships and the Bull Line serving Puerto Rico laid up their last passenger ship.  In examining cruise ship history in 1955, there were still 40 active American-flag ships with a total passenger ... Read More »