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The Unsinkable Andrea Doria – 55th Anniversary

The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm on July 25th 1956. She rolled over and sank the next morning. 51 lives were lost. Cruise Line History: The Unsinkable Andrea Doria – 55th Anniversary By the mid-1950s, with the postwar passenger boom at its peak, more than 50 passenger liners sailed the sealanes between Europe and America. Among ... Read More »

$480 for a 35-day First Class Cruise round-trip from New York to South America in 1939.

Cruise and Liner History: Moore-McCormick Lines January 1939 ad from Travel Magazine featuring the “Good Neighbor Fleet” with cruises from New York to South America.  This is nine months before World War 2 began. MOORE-McCORMACK LINES HISTORY: $480 for a 35-day First Class Cruise round-trip from New York to South America in 1939. the 9th July 1913 Messrs. McCormack and Moore (both ... Read More »

Happy Fourth of July! Top Caviar use to be served regularly aboard First Class ships. Look hard for it today!

Happy Fourth of July – Liner History – Caviar use to be served on all first class ships… Look hard for it today! Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ALEUTIAN – July 4th Menu – 1938 – More Russian Caviar Our new video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. 1954 ALASKA ... Read More »

SS ANDREA DORIA

Liner History: Excellent video of the SS Andrea Doria.  The magnificent passenger ship was an ocean liner for the Italian Line (Società di navigazione Italia) home ported in Genoa, Italy, most famous for its sinking in 1956. Cruise Liner History:  SS ANDREA DORIA ss SS Andrea Doria was an ocean liner for the Italian Line (Società di navigazione Italia) home ... Read More »

1937 SS Columbus of the North German Lloyd Ship Line – Easter Cruise to West Indies From New York March 26, 1937. The largest and fastest German ship.

SOCIAL AND LINER HISTORY: 1937 SS Columbus of the North German Lloyd Ship Line – Easter Cruise to West Indies From New York March 26, 1937.  The largest and fastest German ship. (Left:These are views from the passenger list for the Easter 1937 cruise aboard the SS Columbus.  The itinerary included Port au Prince, Kingston, Havana.) The plans for a ... Read More »

ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY

Immigrants to America… ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY – IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA The great steamship companies like White Star, Red Star, Cunard and Hamburg-America played a significant role in the history of Ellis Island and immigration in general. The German liner Imperator carried many immigrants in steerage. While most immigrants entered the United States through New York Harbor (the most popular destination ... Read More »

CRUISING THE GREAT LAKES IN THE 1930s ABOARD THE STEAMER SEEANDBEE

YOUTUBE VIDEO – EXCELLENT GREAT LAKES FOOTAGE – MERIT CLUB CRUISE ON BOARD S.S. SEEANDBEE, SEPTEMBER 1937 SS Seeandbee (1913-1947) Built in 1913 by the American Shipbuilding Company, Wyandotte, MI as SS Seeandbee for the U.S.-based Cleveland and Buffalo (hence, the name See and Bee) Transit Company as a side-wheel coal-burning excursion steamer destined for their Great Lakes service. The ... Read More »

NEW BRITISH TITANIC TV MINI-SERIES to be filmed…

RMS TITANIC… Linus Roache and Geraldine Somerville are to head the cast of the epic TV dramatization of the RMS Titanic story being written by Julian Fellowes. RMS Titanic running the vessel SS New York off her moorings and almost colliding with her. Downton Abbey creator Julian is scripting a series to be screened by ITV next year, coinciding with ... Read More »

Elizabeth Taylor sailed Trans-Atlantic many times aboard Cunard Line.

Elizabeth Taylor sailed Trans-Atlantic many times.   These are photos of her voyages aboard Cunard Line. 1950: Aboard the Queen Mary… Newlyweds Elizabeth Taylor and hotel heir Conrad “Nick” Hilton Jr. set a course for romance when the Queen Mary set sail on May 24, 1950, 18 days after the couple said “I do” at the Church of The Good Shepherd ... Read More »

SS NORMANDIE and RMS QUEEN MARY during World War 2

Ocean Liner History: SS NORMANDIE and RMS QUEEN MARY during World War 2 Video of the SS Normandie The war found the French Line’s elegant trans-Atlantic ocean liner SS Normandie in New York. Soon Cunard’s RMS Queen Mary, later refitted as a troop ship, docked nearby. Then the RMS Queen Elizabeth joined the Queen Mary. For two weeks the three ... Read More »

The Nomadic will be restored. The tender ferried passengers to the RMS Titanic.

The Nomadic and the RMS Titanic Cruise Liner History:  Belfast, Northern Ireland. Harland and Wolff shipyard has won a £2 million contract to help restore the boat which ferried passengers to the Titanic. The money was awarded by the European Union with additional funding from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and will primarily cover work associated with the steelwork and ... Read More »

Liner History: Messageries Maritimes (Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes)

Ocean Liner History: Messageries Maritimes (Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes) In 1835 the French Government created a state owned steamship service between Marseilles and the Levant. This continued until 1851 when it was transferred to the management of Messageries Nationales (the state operated road communication concern). The shipping side of the business was split from the road activities in 1852 under ... Read More »

Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ALASKA Cruise – Retro Cruise Video – 1954

To play video – press the above play (>) button in center of photo… This is a wonderful 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 Seattle, with ... Read More »

Very rare footage of the MS GRIPSHOLM in the 1920s and Greta Garbo!

Rare candid moment of Greta Garbo’s departure from Sweden in 1929 aboard the Swedish American Line’s MS GRIPSHOLM. Greta Garbo made her first voyage to the USA on the Drottningholm in 1925. The video of her departure from Gothenburg in this clip, after a brief visit to Sweden. For the following information we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his ... Read More »

Hitler’s Christmas party: Rare photographs capture leading Nazis celebrating in 1941

These rare pictures have only just come to light, show Hitler and his generals at a party for SS officer cadets in Munich. But the Nazi Christmas was far from traditional. High command: Adolf Hitler and other Nazi officials celebrate Christmas at the Lowenbraukeller restaurant in Munich on December 18, 1941 Hitler believed religion had no place in his 1,000-year ... Read More »

THE LAST VOYAGE – THE MS STELLA POLARIS – the most famous cruise ship of all time.

THE LAST VOYAGE – THE MS STELLA POLARIS – the most famous cruise ship of all time. THE MS STELLA POLARIS: A great video of the last voyage of the most famous cruise ship of the thirties, the inter war years and probably even in the history of cruising. The ship was considered one of the most elegant and exclusive ... Read More »

The French Line’s fabulous ILE DE FRANCE

Another great YOUTUBE video from Joanna Coleman… of the ILE DE FRANCE… Here is a wonderful piece on the great French liner ILE DE FRANCE from New York Social Diary by maritime artist and historian: Scott McBee… The newly re-fitted SS Ile de France in 1949, having been restyle and sporting only two funnels, leaving Le Havre for its Atlantic ... Read More »

THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN LINERS – FROM CUNARD LINES TO THE US LINES…

TRAVEL, SOCIAL AND LINER HISTORY – THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN LINERS – CONTINUING SERIES…  Here are a few great photos of famed liners from the past – from Cunard Lines to the United States Lines… A group of young women at the bar aboard the luxury liner SS MANHATTAN – US Lines, off of New York, 1933. Before the ... Read More »

VOGUE LIVING was assisted by the CRUISING THE PAST resourses and the website’s historical collection of steamship-liner-cruise memorbalia for the magazine’s Nov/Dec issue.

Cruising The Past assisted the editors of Australia’s VOGUE LIVING. The major publication drew upon our historical collection of steamship-liner-cruise memorabilia in connection with the magazine’s 14 page guide to cruising in November/December issue.  To read all about the popular chic down under fashion journal click here for VOGUE LIVING. Recalling the grand days of cruising and sailing above P&O ... Read More »