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Cruise History: Michael L. Grace’s story on the RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific’s “Blue Ribbon Holder” – The fastest ship on the Pacific and a liner with four life’s. From Empress of Japan to World War 2 vessel to Empress of Scotland to the Hanseatic.

More wonderful moments in cruise line and cruise ship history.  The RMS Empress of Japan had four life’s.  First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally sailing under the German ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – The LURLINE was Hawaii. Matson Line’s flagship represented Hawaii to the traveling public and for years provided First Class service from California to Hawaii.

  The LURLINE was Hawaii!  William Matson had first come to appreciate the name in the 1870s while serving as skipper aboard the Claus Spreckels family yacht Lurline (a poetic variation of Loreley, the Rhine river siren)[1] out of San Francisco Bay. Matson met his future wife, Lillie Low, on ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – Our new retro 1950s video celebrating cruising aboard Alaska Line’s SS ALASKA – First Class fares started at $190 per person – 12-Days at sea – Sailing from Seattle, Washington…

Cruise Ship History – Our new retro 1950s video celebrating cruising aboard Alaska Line’s SS ALASKA – First Class fares started at $190 per person – 12-Days at sea – Sailing from Seattle, Washington. Our new historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – Mothers and Children head for the Suez Canal in 1948 aboard the Orient Line’s SS OTRANTO to be with their soldier husbands.

  Orient Line’s SS OTRANTO… British Service dependents, mothers and children, sailed in January 1948 aboard the Orient Line’s “SS Otranto” from Southampton to Egypt and the Suez. Their husbands were already in the Suez Canal for conflicts at that time. The mothers, along with their children, and possibly for ... Read More »

Cruise Ship Reviews – Update – July 2008 – Ships that rival the past – Featuring Marjorie Merriweather Post’s fabulous SEA CLOUD!

  Owner’s Suite aboard the 64-passenger four-masted barque Sea Cloud.  SEA CLOUD was built in 1931 as the Hussar by E.F. Hutton for his wealthy socialite wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Her personal suite is the museum-like 410-square-foot No. 1, with Louis XIV-style furniture and a white Carrera marble bathroom with gold-plated ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: In a 1951 Holiday Magazine Advertisement for the United States Lines SS America – Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr. had spent nearly 1500 days at sea “crossing the pond” from New York to Europe!

Holiday Magazine 1951 Advertisement for the United States Lines SS America. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., 1898–1974, became a well-known writer, newspaper publisher, and movie producer.  By 1951, he had made 140 trans-Atlantic crossings from New York to Europe. SS America leaving New York Harbor.   His mega-bucks parents, General and Mrs. ... Read More »