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History of Cruising… from the BRITANNIA to the LOVE BOAT…

  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 passengers. By the 1830s steamships were introduced and ... 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 »

THE FAMOUS REFUGE SHIP SS EXODUS WAS ORIGINALLY THE “HONEYMOON” NIGHT BOAT SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD

The SS EXODUS… former SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD… night boat of the “honeymoon fleet” CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: OLD BAY LINE – NIGHT BOAT PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS. The SS President Warfield was named after the Old Bay Line’s president.  Warfield’s niece was Bessie Wallis Warfield (June 19, 1896 – April 24, 1986), best known as Wallis Simpson and ... 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 »

The four lives of Canadian Pacific’s RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN…

Cruise and Liner History: 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 ... Read More »

SS CHUSAN – P&O LINES – THE LINER WAS KNOWN AS “THE HAPPY SHIP”

CRUISING THE PAST: SS CHUSAN – P&O LINES – THE LINER WAS KNOWN AS “THE HAPPY SHIP” CRUISE LINE HISTORY: The SS CHUSAN was a smaller version of the Himalaya and was designed as the principal element in the postwar regeneration of the Indian and Far East service. Indeed in some ways she was a long overdue replacement for the ... Read More »

The Orient Steam Navigation Company

ORCADES in Sydney Cruising Line History: The Orient Steam Navigation Company, also known as the Orient Line, was a British shipping company with roots going back to the late eighteenth century. From the early twentieth century onwards an association began with P&O that eventually culminated in the Orient Line being totally absorbed into that company in the 1960s. Ten Pound ... Read More »

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – 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 Company as she makes her final departure and sails away for the ... Read More »

Steamship Historical Society in Southern California aboard the Cunard Line’s famous QUEEN MARY

Cruising the past and cruise ship history is the focus of the Southern Calfornia chapter of the Steamship Historical Society of America.  They meet regularly on the former Cunard Liner QUEEN MARY in Long Beach, California and have produced a new promotional video. Steamship Historical Society of America’s Southern California Chapter highlights their work in educational outreach for members, school ... Read More »

Murder At Sea Aboard A Carnival Cruise To Mexico and a liner voyage aboard Union Castle Lines in the 1947 – Where are re-runs of The Love Boat when you need them?

Cruising the Past and Cruise Ship History. Murder At Sea Aboard A Carnival Cruise To Mexico and another aboard Union Castle Lines in the 1947 – Where are re-runs of The Love Boat when you need them? Murders aboard cruise ships and liners are nothing new. This one happened last week on Carnival and another one took place aboard a ... Read More »

A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON.

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued running into ... Read More »

Cruise history: The GOLDEN BEAR II – California Maritime Academy’s third training ship started as a cargo-passenger vessel. The Delta Line’s DELORLEANS served briefly on the “banana” South American run just before World War 2. But her destiny was great. Training 1000s of American student cadets.

Cruise history: The GOLDEN BEAR II – California Maritime Academy’s third training ship started as a cargo-passenger vessel. The Delta Line’s DELORLEANS served briefly on the “banana” South American run just before World War 2.  But her destiny was great. Training 1000s of American student cadets. The DELORLEANS leaving New Orleans for South America in 1941. The California Maritime Academy’s ... Read More »

Cruise History – Rare travel book on the SS MARIPOSA’s last voyage to Scandinavia from California by mystery writer John D. MacDonald and Capt. John H Kilpack

The elegant all first class liner SS MARIPOSA – sailing in the South Pacific of Pago Pago on a Matson Line Cruise in the 1950s. If you can find a copy on Ebay or Amazon, rush to buy Nothing Can Go Wrong By Capt. John H. Kilpack with John D. MacDonald. Here is a vacation post card, a valentine and ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – For $138 per person you could enjoy a 12-Day 1938 Canadian Cruise to Labrador. You sailed aboard the Clarke Steamship Line visiting Quebec, Gaspe Coast, Newfoundland, Labrador, North Shore, Saquenay River and Murray Bay!

Cruising the Past aboard Canadian cruise ships during the 1920s and 1930s… The Clarke Steamship Company. 1938 Cruises to Labrador on the Clarke Deluxe Cruise Line Desmond Clarke originally formed the Clarke Steamship Company in 1921 with headquarters at Quebec to initially run two services from Quebec to Bradore Bay on the North Shore and from Quebec to Gaspé on ... Read More »

The Clipper Line’s M.V. Stella Polaris, completed in 1927, was the first custom built cruise ship. She was considered the “Royal Yacht” of cruising and was one of the most deluxe forms of ocean travel into the 1960s.

The most famous cruise ship of the thirties, the inter war years, and probably in the history of cruising is the Stella Polaris. The ship was considered one of the most elegant and exclusive devoted to cruising.  She sailed to the Mediterranean, North Cape, Caribbean and Around The World.  She had no rivals. On the World Cruise there was more ... Read More »