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FRENCH LINE’S SS NORMANDIE – The tragedy of the world’s greatest passenger ship.

If anything, the French Line’s SS Normandie was too beautiful. She was never as popular as Queen Mary because SS Normandie was like a floating art gallery that overwhelmed? the passengers, whereas Queen Mary was more traditional and felt like a home to the passengers. It’s a disgrace what happened to SS Normandie. To think such a revolutionary, innovative, and ... Read More »

CUNARD CHRISTMAS 1928

Staff magazine of the Cunard Steamship Company, Christmas 1928 The Cunard Line has a long and fascinating history. It was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain and North America. The service was inaugurated in 1840 when the steamship Britannia made the first ... Read More »

JAPAN’S FAMOUS LINERS – NYK LINES (Now Crystal Cruises)

THE M/V HIKAWA MARU was operated by the NYK Line (now Crystal Cruises). She was the only Japanese passenger vessel to survive WW 2. In her 30 years of service, the HIKAWA MARU crossed the pacific 254 times, carrying around 25,000 passengers and a great volume of cargo. Read More »

SAIL ABORD THE SS MARIPOSA – 1960s – LAST OF THE U.S. FLAG CRUISE SHIPS…

Journey back in time with us now to the SS Mariposa as she embarks on a south seas cruise, photographed in glorious 16mm Kodachrome by Mildred and Harry Brown of Glendale, California between February 25th and April 3, 1963. See leisurely, voyeuristic shots of a lithe woman sunning herself with a tiny folding canopy to shield her face from the ... Read More »

1940s to 1960s – FROM BOSTON TO LIVERPOOL – THE SS NOVA SCOTIA and SS NEWFOUNDLAND.

The sister-ships NEWFOUNDLAND and NOVA SCOTIA were post-war replacements for two very similar ships which had both been lost in the Second World War. The NOVA SCOTIA was completed in 1947, a few months ahead of her almost exact sister, the NEWFOUNDLAND.  Both ships had accommodation for 62 first-class and 92 tourist-class passengers on service from Liverpool to St Johns, ... Read More »

ALASKA CRUISE – 1950s – $9.00 a day – FIRST CLASS

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – $9.00 a day First Class… Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the Alaska Steamship Companyas she makes her final departure and ... Read More »

HISTORY OF CRUISING – FROM THE 1830s TO THE LOVE BOAT

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 »

“CATCHER IN THE RYE” AUTHOR J. D. SALINGER, DEAD AT 91, SERVED AS CRUISE DIRECTOR ABOARD SWEDISH AMERICA LINE’S MS KUNGSHOLM.

MS KUNGSHOLM on Carribean Cruise – by 1941, with the war in Europe, most liners were not crossing the Atlantic. For the following informain we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his excellent website on the Swedish American Line – click here to visit. “The young man—his name was Ray Kinsella, and he was a member of the ship’s Junior ... Read More »

THE SS FRANCE AND THE SS LIBERTE – Elegance at sea – Now a memory.

Cruise History: THE SS FRANCE AND THE SS LIBERTE – Elegance at sea – Now a memory. Enjoy these gorgeous full color home movies from SHIPGEEK shot by a lucky couple who traveled on the SS France Eastbound, and the SS Liberte Westbound, trans-Atlantic. Crossing the pond. Shipgeek has combined to suggest a mythical time when such a trip might ... Read More »

GALE STORM DIES – STARRED IN “OH SUSANNA” THE FIRST TV SERIES ON A CRUISE SHIP

GALE STORM DIES – STARRED IN “OH SUSANNA” THE FIRST TV SERIES ON A CRUISE SHIP (BEATING OUT LOVE BOAT) – ABOARD AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINE’S SS PRESIDENT WILSON Gale Storm with ZaSu Pitts in the 1950s TV Series aboard a cruise ship. Cruise History looks at Gale Storm who starred in a TV series that took place aboard a cruise ... Read More »

Color home movies aboard Home Line’s OCEANIC – “The largest ship built exclusively for cruising!”

Homeric had one of the first Balcony/Terrace Suites. Cruise History: By the mid 1960s, when jets had killed off all but the stragglers on the North Atlantic, Home Lines introduced the OCEANIC. Once it was late enough for people to have forgotten the initial intention for the ship to work as a two class liner between Italy and Canada in ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: This is MGM’s 1930s musical HONOLULU aboard Matson Line’s SS LURLINE starring Gracie Allen and Eleanor Powell. When getting there was half the fun!

The incomparable Gracie Allen and Eleanor Powell in this show-stopping number aboard Matson Line’s SS Lurline from the hit 1939 MGM musical HONOLULU. The song captures the Magic and Romance of Hawaii’s Golden Age aboard the great Matson liners. When getting there was truly half the fun. Alas, this song and musical have not fared well, and have been all-but-forgotten, ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Cunard Line’s QE 2 – Dates with Royalty Commemorative “Farewell” Menu

Front menu cover picture: Her Majesty The Queen, with Captain Warwick and Cunard Chairman Sir Basil Smallpiece, inspects the Britannia figurehead in the Britannia restaurant (now Mauretania Restaurant). 1 May 1969 (Thanks to Dan Cottle and his interesting website tightwadcruises.com) To recognize the 2008 Farewell Season of QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, Cunard’s UK Public Relations Department presented to passengers commemorative and ... Read More »

Cruise History: CUNARD LINE’S QE 2 – The last great ocean liner bids farewell to MALTA – its “second home”!

The luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2 made her final call at Malta’s Grand Harbour yesterday on her way to Dubai where she will be converted into a hotel. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi. MALTA – It was a “sad but special” day for the world’s most famous ship, its crew and those who have voyaged on it. It was time to ... Read More »