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Cruise Ship History: Our Retro 1950s Cruise Video – SS CATALINA sails again to Avalon – The Great White Ship was scrapped last month in Mexico after a valiant effort to save her.

A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued running into the mid-1970s. They provided daily service throughout the summer from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. The SS AVALON lies at ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – A BUSY DAY IN NEW YORK HARBOR – 1930s… Great video of many liners and night boats on the Hudson.

Cruise Ship History – A BUSY DAY IN NEW YORK HARBOR – 1930s…  Great video of many liners and night boats on the Hudson. The spectacular sight of 358,274 tons of shipping docked in New York Harbour. From front to back, the liners are the Hamburg, the Bremen, the Columbus, the De Grasse, the Normandie, the Britannic, the Aquitania, the ... Read More »

Our video featuring a 1954 Cruise to Alaska the SS ALASKA – When cruise ships to the Inland Passage were smaller, intimate and far more environmentally friendly and under the American flag. They weren’t floating Vegas condos.

1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. Cruise History: Our video featuring a 1954 Cruise to Alaska the SS ALASKA – When cruise ships to the Inland Passage were smaller, intimate and far more environmentally friendly and under the American flag.  They weren’t floating Vegas condos. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors ... Read More »

Cruise History – The Last Ocean Liners: When you could go around the world by taking a liner voyage and not a cruise!

   American Export Line’s SS CONSTITUTION Courtesy of a wonderful website called LAST OCEAN LINERS Until the early 1970s, it was routinely possible to schedule extensive world journeys by transferring between three, four or more different ocean liners on point-to-point line voyages. The services were promoted to take advantage of a coordinated system of fares and schedules among cooperating shipping ... 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 »

CUNARD LINE’S QE 2 LEAVES SOUTHAMPTON FOR THE LAST TIME ON FINAL VOYAGE AND SAILS INTO CRUISE SHIP HISTORY

Cunard Line’s QE2, which had run aground hours earlier, tonight sailed serenely out of Southampton, England, on a tide of emotion on its last-ever voyage. With hundreds of passengers waving from the decks and thousands of spectators watching from the shores of Southampton Water, the 70,000-ton Cunard liner headed off into cruise ship history as reported by Cruising The Past ... Read More »

THE WOMAN WHO LIVES ON THE QE 2 MAKES FINAL VOYAGE ABOARD CUNARD LINE’S FAMOUS LINER AND SAILS INTO CRUISE SHIP HISTORY

With the Cunard Line’s QE2 heading into retirement, many people are losing their favourite place to spend a holiday and the crew is losing a workplace.But 89-year-old Beatrice Muller is actually losing her home. She is the QE2’s only permanent resident and she is making cruise ship history as reported by Cruising The Past (http://cruiselinehistory.com/). Some years ago she sold ... Read More »

CUNARD LINE’S LEGENDARY QE2 RUNS AGROUND TODAY ON FINAL VOYAGE

QE 2 – Arriving today at Southampton One of the world’s most famous cruise ships, the Queen Elizabeth 2, briefly ran aground on Tuesday before arriving in its home port for the last time, its owners said, as it makes cruise ship history. The 70,000-ton vessel ran onto a sandbank off the Isle of Wight as it approached Southampton, where ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: 1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND!

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. Push arrow above to play video. A retro look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued ... 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: UNITED STATES LINES SS WASHINGTON AND SS MANHATTAN – $127 One-Way – From New York to Europe in 1938 – TEDDY KENNEDY was a passenger!

The United States Lines had these ads running in a 1938 edition of Travel Magazine. Europe would enter World War II the following year. United States Lines to Ireland, England, France and “Nazi” Germany… Rose Kennedy with daughters and sons, Teddy and Bobby, sailing on the SS Washington to Europe… Peter Lorre aboard the SS Washington returning from England to ... Read More »

CANADIAN PACIFIC’S “EMPRESS OF RUSSIA” FEATURED IN FAMOUS 1933 JAPANESE FILM – Scenes of the EMPRESS OF RUSSIA sailing from Yokohama in the 1930s

This is the first in a series of steamships and cruise ships from the past featured in films or television. These are scenes of Canadian Pacific’s liner EMPRESS OF RUSSIA leaving Yokohama, Japan, from Shimizu Hiroshi’s MINATO NO NIHON MUSUME (Japanese Girls at the Harbor) filmed in 1933. Until security restrictions in the 1990s, there was an entire ritual for ... Read More »

SS PRESIDENT CLEVELAND – FAREWELL DINNER – CAVIAR – American President Lines passenger ship enroute to Japan and China – 1949

Menu – Farewell Dinner – SS PRESIDENT CLEVELAND – 1949 Beluga-Molossol Caviar was served for the SS President Cleveland’s “Farewell Dinner” on October 5, 1949 prior to arriving in Yokohama, Japan. The SS President Cleveland’s had just completing her trans-Pacific liner crossing from San Francisco and Los Angeles via Honolulu, Hawaii. The sleek 1940s modern lobby of the SS PRESIDENT ... Read More »