Empire Builder to Milwaukee. From Streamliners to Amtrak.

Youtube video on the change from private rail service to Amtrak. Privately run intercity passenger service in Milwaukee was a thing of the past by early 1971. The Federal government had formed Amtrak to remove the burden of passenger service from the railroads and insure that core passenger routes remained active. By May 1st, when Amtrak rolled into Milwaukee, things ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – A new TITANIC Controversy about the “unsinkable” ship – Did passive good manners kill “polite” British passengers while “pushy” Americans survived aboard the doomed (Cunard) White Star Liner?

A new TITANIC controversy.  Did passive good manners kill “polite” British passengers while “pushy” Americans, who don’t know from standing in lines (or queues), survive aboard the doomed (Cunard) White Star Liner RMS TITANIC? You can judge for your self.  A new Titanic controversy is a brewing.  Here are two current news articles on the subject. But first, for those ... Read More »

Cruise History: The SS ANDREA DORIA – Tribute to a great Italian Line ship and its tragic end.

Great video showing the wonderful Italian Liner SS Andrea Doria from her golden years to her tragic sinking. The fabulous SS Andrea Doria — we tribute the great Italian Line and their wonderful ship. We also salute all those loyal cruise passengers who have continued to travel over the years. They are the living history of what it was like ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES: FIRST LADY OF THE SEA! Celebrating the inauguration of President Obama with a great video about a ship symbolyzing the USA.

This great video uses archival footage and a rare 78rpm recording of the SS United States theme song to highlight the glory days of this fabled ship. The song, “First Lady of the Sea,” was written by brothers Meyer & Emery Davis, who also conducted the ship’s orchestra, and is perhaps a one-of-a-kind demo cut at Apex Records just days ... Read More »

President Barak Obama’s election is partly due to the thousands of Pullman Porters who organized a union 84 years ago under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph.

President Barak Obama’s election as the first African-American in the White House happened because of the struggle for unionization by A. Philip Randolph and the members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Randolph and the porters worked together to fight many battles and they won many victories for African-American people. They demonstrated and personified the meaning of the word ... Read More »

PRSIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA ARRIVES ABOARD PRIVATE PULLMAN RAILWAY CAR “GEORGIA 300” IN WASHINGTON DC ABOARD SPECIAL AMTRAK TRAIN.

President-Elect Barack Obama’s arrival in Washington Union Station today was aboard the GEORGIA 300 – a 1930s Pullman manufactured private railway car attached to the rear of the streamlined Amtrak train carrying him from Philadelphia and Baltimore. This was not Obama’s first use of the private car GEORGIA 300 – he used it in his November campaign train. The President ... Read More »

Cruise History: JOURNEY INTO THE PAST. A NIGHT ABOARD THE RMS QUEEN MARY (HOTEL) IN LONG BEACH. A CHANCE TO “CROSS THE POND” BUT NEVER LEAVING THE DOCK.

RMS Queen Mary arriving 1936 in Southampton, England.  Painting from the British Maritime Museum. Journalist Kyle Kreiger uses his stay at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach to show the comparison between experiencing trans-Atlantic passenger travel from the 1930s to 1960s and contemporary cruising.   The former Cunard Line RMS Queen Mary is a destination in itself but a ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – PANAMA PACIFIC LINES finished – New York to California via Havana and the Panama Canal – From 1938 TIME MAGAZINE

Many American flag steamship lines — APL, Matson, Moore-McCormick, Grace, etc. — faced a similar fate as Panama Pacific Lines did when the US withdrew their mail and operating subsidies to carry military personnel in the 1960s. The same fate happened to the American railway system in the late 1960s when the US withdrew railway post offices. The result was ... Read More »

CRUISE REVIEWS – We look at the best of the 2009 luxury, deluxe and premium class cruise lines. Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania and Holland America Line top the list. They give a feeling of the great First Class liners of the past.

Cruise Reviews. Cruising The Past reviews modern cruise ships in the more premium market. These are the 2009 cruise reviews. We always consider how these modern lines relate to the famed cruise ships of the past. BEST OF THE LUXURY CLASS – the top cruise lines for those that want the best with all the modern conveniences, yet have a ... Read More »

GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring Twenties. HELLO 2009: The beginning of the second great recession a.k.a. “depression”…? History does repeat itself.

Pictured here are seven sections of the California Limited ready to depart from Los Angeles for Chicago in 1929.  A “section” meant an extra train.  There were six extra all-Pullman trains leaving Southern California — a total of seven trains, with over a 1000 passengers, and nearly 100 pullman, dining and observation cars. GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring ... Read More »

Cruise History: On This Day 37 Years Ago: Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Elizabeth Mysteriously Sunk in a Hong Kong Harbor.

On Jan. 9, 1972, the British ocean liner burst into flames and sank in Victoria Harbor. Although the fires were determined to be the work of arsonists, no one has ever been charged with the crime. The Case for Sabotage and Arson. For more than 50 years, the 83,000-ton RMS Queen Elizabeth was the largest passenger ship in the world. ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Menus by Eugene Savage used on Matson Line’s SS LURLINE during the 1950s are the inspiration for a striking mural located in the new trendy Tropicale Restaurant in Palm Springs, California.

Menus by Eugene Savage used on Matson Line’s SS LURLINE during the 1950s are the inspiration for a striking mural located in the trendy Tropicale Restaurant in Palm Springs, California. The mural seen over the bar at the Tropicale Restaurant is based on the Savage menu designs for Matson Line’s SS Lurline .  The SS Lurline sailed from San Francisco ... Read More »

Cruise History: The SS Catalina is seaworthy no more. The once-proud steamship, which ferried millions of passengers to the island town of Avalon, is being cut for scrap after sitting for years in Ensenada harbor.

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. A CRUISING THE PAST VIDEO: Our nostalgic video look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS.  The CATALINA and the AVALON were day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW ... Read More »

The Cruise Lines are Liars. The ship’s crews always have more fun. They are partying while the passengers are watching jugglers, ventriloquists or versions of old Broadway Shows!

This site just isn’t about the past… All those cruise lines advertise what great times the passengers are having. They’re wrong. You use to be able to hang out with crew members. No more. Most of the time the cruise lines are pitching junk like spas, art auctions, napkin folding, etc.   Yet the crew are having a blast. And the ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – The SS United States. The fastest liner ever built. Video of celebrities and presidents. From Harry S. Truman to Elizabeth Taylor sailing aboard the great liner.

Great youTube video on the SS United States from past to present.  The SS United States. Read More »

Cruise History: Classic liner makes final world cruise. The Saga Rose (formerly the Sagafjord) sailed Monday from Southampton on her last world cruise. The famous ship has made 44 voyages circumnavigating the globe.

The sleek and stately Saga Rose (formerly the Sagafjord). The cruise ship Saga Rose, one of the oldest cruise ships in the world, sailed Monday (Jan 5th) on an historic voyage from her home port in Southampton – its 44th (and final) round-the-world-cruise, more than any other cruise ship including the recently retired QE 2. The elegant and dramatic dining ... Read More »

Cruise History: Matson Line’s MALOLO sailed around the Pacific in October, 1929. Many millionaires aboard went from fat cats to paupers. And people ask if history repeats itself!

  MALOLO leaving Los Angeles – 1920s. The SS Malolo (later known as Matsonia, Atlantic, and Queen Fredrica) was an American Cruise liner built by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia in 1926 for the Matson Line. She was the first of a number of ships designed by William Francis Gibbs for the Matson Line. Films of the SS Malolo. The ... Read More »

Ports of Call: New York – The recession has reached the ritzy Rainbow Room – Home to Manhattan glamour and sophistication – The famous Rockefeller Center nightspot many people visited before sailing aboard famous liners from Manhattan will close temporarily.

The famous Rainbow Room in the 1940s.  Live radio broadcasts were heard on NBC from the nightspot. The recession has reached the ritzy Rainbow Room, the special-occasion spot that overlooks midtown Manhattan from high above the tourist-attracting Rockefeller Center skating rink. The Rainbow Room – 1990s Since the 1930s, passengers sailing from New York on the great liners would visit ... Read More »