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 ... Read More »
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CRUISE HISTORY – CUNARD LINE HAS UNVEILED PLANS TO MARK THE QE2’s FINAL DEPARTURE FROM HER HOME PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON ON NOVEMBER 11TH. THE END OF AN ERA.
Cunard Line has unveiled plans to mark QE2’s final departure from her home port of Southampton on Tuesday 11 November 2008. After 39 years of service, which have seen QE2 sail 5.9 million nautical miles, complete 806 transatlantic crossings, carry over 2.5 million guests, undertake 25 World Cruises and answer ... Read More »
PULLMAN CAR HISTORY: DID PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA’S WHISTLE STOP TRIAN TOUR BY PRIVATE PULLMAN CAR “GEORGIA 300” AND PRO-AMTRAK POSITION HELP HIM WIN THE PRESIDENCY?
President-elect Barack Obama aboard the chartered private Pullman GEORGIA 300 for his whistle-stop tour. President-elect Barack Obama is a big supporter of Amtrak and conducted an old fashioned whistle stop tour during his campaign aboard the private car GEORGIA 300. John McCain, who has been adamantly opposed to Amtrak, didn’t ... Read More »
The 82-year-old Delta Queen, America’s best-known paddle-wheeler, will pull into Memphis, Tennessee, Thursday morning for what may be its final port call as a passenger vessel. The historic riverboat, whose twin, the Delta King, is now a floating hotel and restaurant in Sacramento, has hit troubled waters. An exemption from ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: The Q.E. 2 Makes Final Visit to New York – End of an era for Cunard Line’s “QUEEN ELIZABETH 2”
Q.E. 2 – Final Visit to New York – N.Y. Times Photo October 17, 2008 (courtesy of the New York Times) … In a parting embrace under the lady lighting the harbor, the Queen Elizabeth 2 slipped beneath the Verrazano Narrows Bridge at dawn Thursday to pay a last visit ... Read More »
This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. Alaska Line video – A retro 1954 sailing. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the ... Read More »
Cruising The Past: 1936 German/Nazi Olympics were a destination aboard ships of the North German Lloyd Line. Midnight sailings were offered from New York on the Bremen and Europa.
This ad appearing in the Literary Digest (1936) exploits the Winter and Summer Olympics with service aboard North German Lloyd liners the EUROPA and BREMEN available from New York with a Midnight Sailing. These departure times, guaranteed morning arrivals in European ports. Round-trip first class fares started at $215. For ... Read More »
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 ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – Burial at sea aboard the SS UNITED STATES in the 1950s. Bodies (passengers and crew) were not transported to the next port until recently. The passengers were buried at sea.
Photo of a burial at sea aboard the SS United States in the 1950s. The body pictured here on the promenade deck of the SS United States most likely could have been a crewmember in the stewards or catering department. Notice how canvas curtains have been placed so passengers could ... Read More »