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Cruise Ship History: BLUE STAR LINE’S SS ARANDORA STAR – “The most delightful cruising liner in the world” met a tragic end in a shameful British episode in World War 2 – 800 innocent lives lost!

We want to acknowledge Fraser’s wonderful BLUE STAR LINE website. This is one of the best historical sites devoted to a great steamship company. Click here to visit and our since thanks to Fraser, who served as s ship’s officer aboard many of the Blue Star ships, for the wonderful photos… U.S. advertisement in Travel Magazine. Appearing in a 1938 ... Read More »

A Brief History of the Cruise Ship Industry…

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 Ship History: 40,000 PHOTOS IDENTIFYING SHIPS, PORTS AND PEOPLE ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE STEAMSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Please read the attached news release from SSHSA – the Steamship Historical Society of America. If you love ships and want to actively support the history of cruising consider joining the SSHSA. They publish an excellent quarterly magazine along with a newsletter and soon will have a web supported newsletter. For full information on the Steamship Historical Society of America ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Italian Line’s SS ANDREA DORIA’s 57th Launching Anniversary – Tribute to the great ship launched on June 16, 1951 which met such a tragic end…

Great video showing the wonderful Italian Liner SS Andrea Doria from her golden years to her tragic sinking. Today — we tribute the launching of the SS Andrea Doria — 57 years ago today. We also salute all those loyal cruise passengers who have continued to travel over the years. They are the living history of what it was like ... Read More »

Alaska Steamship Company – Cruise Line History – 1954 Retro Video of Alaska Cruise aboard SS ALASKA seen on Google

This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving goodbye — something rarely seen today. See the ship ... Read More »

1954 ALASKA CRUISE – New Cruise Line History Video

Our new video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – a retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Video Includes: Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: 10 Day Ward Line Cruise from New York to Havana, Cuba – aboard the SS Morro Castle – $160 and up!

That $160 round-trip First Class fare was from New York to Havana in 1928. Today — you couldn’t cruise to Havana for $160 or a million dollars because the Bush Administration continues to boycott Cuba while aggressively supporting such communist governments as China. But this is not about politics… This is about cruise ship history and an American steamship company ... 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 »

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – SS VEENDAM – 16-DAY CRUISE TO THE WEST INDIES – $230 PER PERSON (1928)

  Holland-America Line was offering cruises to Havana, Jamaica, Panama, Curacao. La Guayra and Caracas (Venezuela), Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique, St. Thomas, Porto Rico and Bermuda. First class fares started at $230 per person aboard the S.S. Veendam. The sailings were in 1928. A year before the Great Depression. Today a similar cruise would be $2200 per person. __________________________________________________ CLICK HERE ... Read More »

FLEET WEEK – MEMORIAL DAY – NEW YORK CITY – 2008

A color guard team parades the flag during the Sunset Parade aboard USS Monterey (CG 61) at Stapleton Pier on Staten Island, N.Y., on May 24. Saluting the colors, from left, are Vice Adm. Marty Chanik, commander, U.S. Navy Second Fleet; Capt. Todd W. Bostock, commanding officer, USS Monterey (CG 61); Rear Adm. Frank Pandolfe, commander, Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike ... Read More »