The Lurline “was” Hawaii!

Maston Line’s SS LURLINE was advertised as: “The Lurline is Hawaii!” SS Lurline was the third Matson vessel to hold that name and the last of four fast and luxurious ocean liners that Matson built for the Hawaii and Australasia runs from the West Coast of the United States. Lurline‘s sister ships were SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and SS Monterey. As USAT Lurline ... Read More »

Just a long weekend away – Aboard the SS United States or SS America

Cruising the past.  Just a long weekend away – Aboard the SS United States or SS America – During the heyday of trans-Atlantic travel in the 1950s – before the Jet made “getting there” what it is today!   A living nightmare. Read More »

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 »