Tag Archives: CRUISE LINE HISTORY

Cruise Ship History: Walt Disney and his family sailed to Hawaii on Matson Line’s famous liner in the 1950s.

In the 1950s – Walt Disney sailed with this wife and daughters on the Lurline.  Mr. and Mrs. Disney had sailed in the 1930s on Matson Lines.  Walt was a big fan of cruise travel and sailed trans-Atlantic many times.  Walt Disney first sailed to Hawaii with his wife, Lillian, in 1934.  Disney was very friendly with passengers and even ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: “Crusing the Past” – A history of the cruise line industry.

A Brief History of the Passenger Ship Industry… The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to be concerned with the comfort of their ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Hello Sailor! Gay life on merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s. Exhibit at the Merseyside Maritime Museum – Liverpool, UK.

VIDEO Watch a short video of Jo Stanley talking about the exhibition on the (click here) Homotopia TV blog. Hello Sailor! looks at life on board passenger and merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s, a time when homosexuality was illegal and for gay men there were few places to be safe. “BACK STAGE” Crew Party. The following is a ... Read More »

Cruise History – Alaska Cruise Inside Passage Video – 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 »

Cruise Ship History – Historic Steamboat DELTA QUEEN may find new home in Natchez!

  Cruise Ship History – Historic Steamboat DELTA QUEEN may find new home in Natchez, Mississippi! Courtesy of the NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT By Brian Reynolds (Contact) | The Natchez Democrat Published Monday, August 25, 2008 Natchez — When the Delta Queen’s congressional exemption ends on Oct. 31, its history will live on if the city of Alexandria has its way. The ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – Wonderful youTUBE video of the Rex – The Italian Line’s great liner.

Please note:  The website is being updated and new entries will be made later in the month.  Trust you enjoy the many postings available now.  Visit the index archives or search for various ships and lines.  Thanks, the Editors…   The Italian Line’s SS Rex, launched in 1931, held the westbound Blue Ribbon between 1933 and 1935.  The ship was ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: THE MIOTTEL COLLECTION – “The mother lode of liner collections and tributes to the S.S. Normandie and any liner…” – History of the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE

    “If there’s a better or more lovingly displayed collection of S.S. Normandie material in the world (and that includes France), I don’t know of it. What Crash has assembled here is nothing less than the history of a legend. For people interested in transatlantic shipping in general and the Normandie in particular, it is the mother lode.” Harvey ... Read More »

Cruise History: Michael L. Grace’s story on the RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific’s “Blue Ribbon Holder” – The fastest ship on the Pacific and a liner with four life’s. From Empress of Japan to World War 2 vessel to Empress of Scotland to the Hanseatic.

More wonderful moments in cruise line and cruise ship history.  The RMS Empress of Japan had four life’s.  First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally sailing under the German flag.  It was ironic, the allied ship used during WW ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – The LURLINE was Hawaii. Matson Line’s flagship represented Hawaii to the traveling public and for years provided First Class service from California to Hawaii.

  The LURLINE was Hawaii!  William Matson had first come to appreciate the name in the 1870s while serving as skipper aboard the Claus Spreckels family yacht Lurline (a poetic variation of Loreley, the Rhine river siren)[1] out of San Francisco Bay. Matson met his future wife, Lillie Low, on a yacht voyage he captained to Hawaii; the couple named ... Read More »