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 takes me to the front of the ship?
  • Who is steering the ship when the captain is in the dining room?
  • Is this island totally surrounded by water?
  • How long is the one-day pass good for?
  • What language do they speak in Alaska?
  • What do you do with the ice carvings after they melt?
  • How do we know which of these pictures are ours?
  • The Cartoons:



    About Michael L. Grace

    During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…