THE FIRST CRUISE SHIP WAS A “PRINCESS”: – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. Cruise Ship History and Cruising The Past – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. Built for the Hamburg America Line, she was launched on June 29, 1900 and ... Read More »
HISTORY OF CRUISING – FROM THE 1830s TO THE LOVE BOAT: History of Cruising – Cruise Ship History 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 ... Read More »
RMS Titanic: World’s Largest Museum Attraction dedicated to the doomed White Star liner opens in Branson, Missouri!
RMS Titanic: World’s Largest Museum Attraction dedicated to the doomed White Star liner opens in Branson, Missouri! The new Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn (Branson, Missouri) opened April 8 – with a star-studded Grand Opening hosted by Regis Philbin (pictured left with the Titanic’s museum capatain). The event, which was open to the public, was also attended by ... Read More »
Is the former Cunard Line Queen Elizabeth II (known as the QE 2) up for sale again? The QE2. Will she end up as a hotel or sent to India to be scrapped? As Dubai goes broke – we look at more steamship history. When Cunard began operating the Queen Mary 2, the venerable Queen Elizabeth II (known as the ... Read More »
GREAT VIDEO OF THE SS HOMERIC IN 1960s Home Lines S.S. Homeric at her New York pier on February 15, 1969 just before sailing to Nassau. Another former Matson liner, built in 1931 as Mariposa for the U.S. West Coast – Pacific service. SS HOMERIC IN THE 1960s. Cruising the Past: History of Home Line’s SS HOMERIC: Originally the SS ... Read More »
OASIS OF THE SEAS vs RMS TITANIC RMS TITANIC is dwarfed by the new OASIS OF THE SEAS – A comparison in size. Size Matters: Big Media Coverage For The World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Creates Cruise Ship History Cruise Ship History: Before Royal Caribbean’s new “Oasis of the Seas” begins its first voyage on December 1, it will already have ... Read More »
Cruise History – 1930s home movies aboard the liner SS Bremen and photos of famous passengers. Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich, J. Krishnamurti, William Randolph Hearst and Jimmy Donahue.
These are amusing black and white home movies shot aboard the SS Bremen in 1930 courtesy of shipgeek.com. The SS “Bremen” of 1929 was one of a pair of ocean liners built for the Norddeutsche Lloyd line (NDL) for the transatlantic passenger service. The “Bremen” was notable for her low streamlined profile, and modern approach to her design. Her sister ... Read More »
Major Cruise Ship History Event of 2008 – The final departure of Cunard Line’s QE2 from Southampton. Marking the end of the “liner” era. One of the most important media and historical cruise ship events this year.
Click above to see an excellent video on the November departure from Southampton of the QE2. The QE2 seen on one of the ship’s many annual “Around the World” voyages. Read More »
Malcolm Oliver’s cruise blog questions the historical significance and legend of Cunard Line’s QE2. It is interesting reading for anyone interested in cruise line and cruise ship history: Cunard’s QE2 – An Overrated Legend? by Malcolm Oliver Introduction By the time that you read this the QE2 will have retired and be undergoing the process of being converted to become ... Read More »
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM CRUISING THE PAST – IMAGES OF CUNARD LINE’S QE2 – FAMOUS LUXURY LINER COMPLETES FINAL VOYAGE AT DUBAI
Images of the QE2 arriving and docking at Port Rashid, Dubai… Read More »
CRUISE HISTORY – CUNARD LINE HAS UNVEILED PLANS TO MARK THE QE2’s FINAL DEPARTURE FROM HER HOME PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON ON NOVEMBER 11TH. THE END OF AN ERA.
Cunard Line has unveiled plans to mark QE2’s final departure from her home port of Southampton on Tuesday 11 November 2008. After 39 years of service, which have seen QE2 sail 5.9 million nautical miles, complete 806 transatlantic crossings, carry over 2.5 million guests, undertake 25 World Cruises and answer her country’s call during the Falklands Campaign, QE2 will leave ... Read More »
The 82-year-old Delta Queen, America’s best-known paddle-wheeler, will pull into Memphis, Tennessee, Thursday morning for what may be its final port call as a passenger vessel. The historic riverboat, whose twin, the Delta King, is now a floating hotel and restaurant in Sacramento, has hit troubled waters. An exemption from safety laws that allows the Delta Queen to carry passengers ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: The Q.E. 2 Makes Final Visit to New York – End of an era for Cunard Line’s “QUEEN ELIZABETH 2”
Q.E. 2 – Final Visit to New York – N.Y. Times Photo October 17, 2008 (courtesy of the New York Times) … In a parting embrace under the lady lighting the harbor, the Queen Elizabeth 2 slipped beneath the Verrazano Narrows Bridge at dawn Thursday to pay a last visit to New York and a grander new sister ship, before ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – Burial at sea aboard the SS UNITED STATES in the 1950s. Bodies (passengers and crew) were not transported to the next port until recently. The passengers were buried at sea.
Photo of a burial at sea aboard the SS United States in the 1950s. The body pictured here on the promenade deck of the SS United States most likely could have been a crewmember in the stewards or catering department. Notice how canvas curtains have been placed so passengers could not see the burial. Besides the officers, there are mainly ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: Judy Garland, Marlon Brando and Salvador Dalí aboard America’s greatest liner the SS UNITED STATES “crossing the pond” in the 1950s!
Marlon Brando and Salvidor Dali enjoying after dinner coffee in the First Class Lounge of the SS United States. It’s Captain’s Dinner aboard the SS United States in 1956 in the First Class Dining Room. And this is the one night Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Producer Sid Luff and his wife Judy Garland with friend John Carlyle (and ... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »