Tag Archives: cuba

EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY – NIGHT BOATS ON THE EASTERN SEABOARD

Eastern Steamship Lines was one of the last American flag coastal passenger services. The steamship Calvin Austin pulls away from the Eastern Steamship Company wharf in Lubec. Pope’s Folly island appears in the immediate background. Austin was President of the Eastern Steamship Company, formed in 1901 by a merger of the Eastern Steam Ship Co. with other lines. In 1901, Charles ... Read More »

Cruising overnight from Miami to Havana aboard the S.S. FLORIDA

Cruising overnight from Miami to Havana aboard the S.S. FLORIDA In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida. This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals. YouTube video of cruise ship arriving in Havana – this was recent – but it ... Read More »

$42 to Cruise from Miami to Havana…

In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida. This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals. YouTube video of cruise ship arriving in Havana – this was recent – but it would have been the same view in 1958 aboard the ... Read More »

DESTINATION HAVANA, CUBA: THE TRAGIC MS ST LOUIS 1939 SAILING AND THE 900 DOOMED GERMAN-JEWISH PASSENGERS

1939 – FDR AND HIS DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION REFUSED TO TAKE 900 JEWISH REFUGES FROM THE MS ST LOUIS – THEY HAD BEEN DENIED ENTRY INTO HAVANA AND THE CAPTAIN TRIED TO LET THEM FIND FREEDOM BY DOCKING IN MIAMI.  THE US GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS SENT MANY TO THEIR DEATHS – MAKING SO-CALLED AMERICAN “COMPASSION” A BLATANT HYPOCRISY UNDER FDR AND HIS ... Read More »

HAVANA CRUISE – $160 and UP

HAVANA CRUISE – 10 TO 17 DAYS – $160 – April, 1928 Ad in Travel Magazine he New York and Cuba Mail Steamship Company, commonly called the Ward Line, was a shipping company that operated from 1841 until liquidated in 1954. The company’s steamers linked New York with Nassau, Havana, and Mexican Gulf ports. After a series of disasters in ... Read More »

September 8, 2009 marks the 75th Anniversary of the luxury liner Morro Castle disaster.

Today, marks the 75th Anniversary of the luxury liner SS Morro Castle disaster. This is highlighted by recently found home movie footage. These great cruise history videos have never been seen before.  They show the September 8, 1934 fire aboard the cruise ship. (Photo credits caremaritime.com and wardline.com.) The 16mm film shows aftermath of fire aboard Ward Line steamship that ... Read More »

Sailing in 1956 aboard Cunard Line’s Mauretania to Cuba.

Cruise History: Sailing aboard Cunard Line’s Mauretania to Cuba on a 10-Day Cruise. How soon before U.S. Citizens can cruise to Havana? It has been a long time. Americans were cruising aboard Cunard, French Line and Holland-America up until the late 50s. The next best thing for the moment may be this “video” youTUBE voyage aboard Cunard Line’s SS Mauretania ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: SS FLORIDA sails to Havana, Cuba in 1952 for $42.00 per person. Including all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals.

Florida’s Peninsular and Occidental Steamship Company was a pioneer in today’s billion-dollar Florida cruise business.  Until Castro’s regime closed Cuba to cruise ships in 1960, the SS FLORIDA was sailing three times a week from Miami.  The SS FLORIDA had first sailed from Key West to Cuba until the 1934 devastating hurricane destroyed the terminal and rail connections to Miami.  ... Read More »