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Sophisticated New Yorker cartoons on cruising.

Cruise history presents a collection of 1960 cartoons from the New Yorker commenting on Caribbean cruises. We have also included a list of some of the dumbest questions asked by passengers on cruise ships today. The Questions: Will the ship return to sea level when we dock? Does the crew ... Read More »

Video cruise history of the French Line’s SS Normandie.

Video cruise history of the French Line’s fabulous liner SS Normandie. SS Normandie was a French ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. When launched in 1932 she was the largest and fastest ship in the world, and she maintains the distinction of being ... Read More »

Part One – Handbook of American-flag passenger ships in 1955.

In 1955 America’s fleet of ocean-going passenger ships was fast diminishing. The year before, Alaska Steamship Lines had gone out of business with the loss of four passenger ships and the Bull Line serving Puerto Rico laid up their last passenger ship.  In examining cruise ship history in 1955, there ... Read More »

The first civilian casualty of World War II was the Anchor-Donaldson liner RMS ATHENIA which was chartered to the Cunard Line.

Cruise history looks at the first civilian casualty of World War II.  The passenger ship was the Anchor-Donaldson liner RMS ATHENIA which was chartered to the Cunard Line.  She was sunk without warning west of Scotland by the German submarine U-30. RMS ATHENIA The German U Boat U-30 had been ... Read More »

Murder, suspicious deaths and disappearing at sea aboard liners and cruiseships of the past.

Actress Gay Gibson, the victim, steward James Camb, the killer and the “death ship” Durban Castle. A first class passage from South Africa that turned from lust to murder aboard a cruise ship of the past. Murder, suspicious deaths and disappearing at sea aboard liners from Cunard to Union-Castle have ... 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 ... Read More »

From a classic liner to a floating condo.

Cruise History: Aft views of  the classic French Line SS France (Norway) and Celebrity Cruises new SS Celebrity Solstice. Are ships going from classic beauty to floating condos? Look at these photos and judge for yourself. Ship building progress – from a classic liner to a floating condo: Aft view ... Read More »

The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the side wheelers.

Cruise History – The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the side wheelers and night boats.   The Fall River Line was a combination steamboat and railroad connection between New York City and Boston that operated ... Read More »

Cruising The Past begins second year looking at cruise history.

Our cruise history website begins its second year as a growing encyclopedic source of cruise, steamship and liner information. Cruising The Past also deals with the history of famous trains and hotels. This popular cruise history chronicle of travel has grown during the past twelve months.  Cruising The Past now ... Read More »

1948 Documentary of Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

Cruise History: Great 1948 Documentary of Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. Follows the ships arrival in Southampton, England – having crossed the Atalntic from New York – docking, pilot guiding her into port, with tour of the ship. Glorious black and white footage of the Elizabeth’s interiors and exteriors – ... Read More »