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Cruise History: The SS Catalina is seaworthy no more. The once-proud steamship, which ferried millions of passengers to the island town of Avalon, is being cut for scrap after sitting for years in Ensenada harbor.

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. A CRUISING THE PAST VIDEO: Our nostalgic video look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS.  The CATALINA and the AVALON were day tourist steamships operated together ... Read More »

The Cruise Lines are Liars. The ship’s crews always have more fun. They are partying while the passengers are watching jugglers, ventriloquists or versions of old Broadway Shows!

This site just isn’t about the past… All those cruise lines advertise what great times the passengers are having. They’re wrong. You use to be able to hang out with crew members. No more. Most of the time the cruise lines are pitching junk like spas, art auctions, napkin folding, ... Read More »

Cruise History: Classic liner makes final world cruise. The Saga Rose (formerly the Sagafjord) sailed Monday from Southampton on her last world cruise. The famous ship has made 44 voyages circumnavigating the globe.

The sleek and stately Saga Rose (formerly the Sagafjord). The cruise ship Saga Rose, one of the oldest cruise ships in the world, sailed Monday (Jan 5th) on an historic voyage from her home port in Southampton – its 44th (and final) round-the-world-cruise, more than any other cruise ship including ... Read More »

Cruise History: Matson Line’s MALOLO sailed around the Pacific in October, 1929. Many millionaires aboard went from fat cats to paupers. And people ask if history repeats itself!

  MALOLO leaving Los Angeles – 1920s. The SS Malolo (later known as Matsonia, Atlantic, and Queen Fredrica) was an American Cruise liner built by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia in 1926 for the Matson Line. She was the first of a number of ships designed by William Francis Gibbs ... Read More »

Ports of Call: New York – The recession has reached the ritzy Rainbow Room – Home to Manhattan glamour and sophistication – The famous Rockefeller Center nightspot many people visited before sailing aboard famous liners from Manhattan will close temporarily.

The famous Rainbow Room in the 1940s.  Live radio broadcasts were heard on NBC from the nightspot. The recession has reached the ritzy Rainbow Room, the special-occasion spot that overlooks midtown Manhattan from high above the tourist-attracting Rockefeller Center skating rink. The Rainbow Room – 1990s Since the 1930s, passengers ... Read More »

Cruise History: American Export Line’s SS CONSTITUTION. The trans-Atlantic ship was featured in “I Love Lucy” and in the classic film “An Affair To Remember” – the famous liner also carried Grace Kelly from New York to Europe where she would go from American movie star to Princesse de Monaco.

1955: Officers and crew assemble aboard the SS Constitution docked in Manhattan. The SS Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951. She sailed on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence.  ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY – THE NEW YEAR IS CELEBRATED ABOARD THE S.S. UNITED STATES DURING THE 1960s – Military and diplomatic families traveled first class.

The S.S. United States. “The S.S. “United States”” by Paul McGehee. The famous liner, known as the “Big Ship” departs her United States Lines pier in New York’s Hudson River for a transatlantic run in 1963. The “United States” was THE liner to be on, and be seen on…luminaries from ... Read More »

The Clipper Line’s M.V. Stella Polaris, completed in 1927, was the first custom built cruise ship. She was considered the “Royal Yacht” of cruising and was one of the most deluxe forms of ocean travel into the 1960s.

The most famous cruise ship of the thirties, the inter war years, and probably in the history of cruising is the Stella Polaris. The ship was considered one of the most elegant and exclusive devoted to cruising.  She sailed to the Mediterranean, North Cape, Caribbean and Around The World.  She ... Read More »

Cruise History: The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the sidewheelers operating from New York City to Boston via Fall River.

The Fall River Line was popularized by this famous song.  A romantic and engaging way to travel between New York and Boston.  It all began fittingly enough with Robert Fulton, who planned to vanquish Long Island Sound as he had the Hudson, even though he died, at an untimely fifty, ... Read More »

Passenger Train History: 1945 first class railway dining car service on the New York Central System. Complete breakfast for eighty five cents during World War Two.

During WW 2, railway dining cars were crowded because of the mass movement in the United States of civilian passengers and military personnel.   This is a New York Central System breakfast menu from WW 2 aboard a train in 1945: featuring the menu, wartime dining car policy and a massage ... Read More »