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 »