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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 Ship History: Memories of an Empress – Canadian Pacific’s Big White Ships

This nostalgic and highly detailed painting by Gordon Bauwens shows the liner anchored off Greenock in 1960. The family of a serving officer watch from the Esplanade as the liner Empress of Britain, attended by a Clyde puffer, prepares for her imminent transatlantic departure. The turbine steamer Queen Mary II ... Read More »

CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: PIRATES IN THE 21st CENTURY AND TERRORISTS IN THE 20th CENTURY – Pirates have replaced terrorists on the high seas.

The recent attempt by pirates to seize a cruise ship reminds many seasoned cruisers of similar incidents involving terrorists during the 20th Century.On October 7, 1985 the Achille Lauro was employed on a ten-day cruise. She was supposed to call at Alexandria in order to allow passengers to go to ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: SHIPS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT. Turned into hotels! The liners QUEEN ELIZABETH, AMERICA, UNITED STATES, CANBERRA and soon to be the QE2.

By Paul Ash – Accidental Tourist (Times, Johannesburg, South Africa) US Line’s SS AMERICA waited 15 years to be converted to a hotel and then was wrecked while being towed. Some people think the QE2 should have been scrapped, like so many other famous liners, on the beaches of Alang ... Read More »

Cruise History: March 1939 Ad from Hamburg-America Line – North German Lloyd pitching their Trans-Atlantic commuter service. World War 2 would start in six months.

Advertisement from “House Beautiful”  selling travelers on sailing aboard Hapag-Lloyd liners six months before the beginning of World War 2.  Americans bought passage and the trans-Atlantic crossings were full.  The USA was still very isolated from the realities of the coming war and were visiting Germany and Europe during the ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s cruise ship QE2 is now a hotel. Cruise history ends for luxury liner, another begins in Dubai as a floating resort moored off an artificial palm-shaped island.

Dubai World’s Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem at the QE2 handover ceremony November 27th. At 2pm yesterday (Nov 27th) a glorious era came to a close in cruise line history and another began as developer Nakheel officially took delivery of the QE2. That was the moment when the contract to transfer ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Cunard Line’s QE 2 – Dates with Royalty Commemorative “Farewell” Menu

Front menu cover picture: Her Majesty The Queen, with Captain Warwick and Cunard Chairman Sir Basil Smallpiece, inspects the Britannia figurehead in the Britannia restaurant (now Mauretania Restaurant). 1 May 1969 (Thanks to Dan Cottle and his interesting website tightwadcruises.com) To recognize the 2008 Farewell Season of QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, ... Read More »

Cruise History: CUNARD LINE’S QE 2 – The last great ocean liner bids farewell to MALTA – its “second home”!

The luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2 made her final call at Malta’s Grand Harbour yesterday on her way to Dubai where she will be converted into a hotel. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi. MALTA – It was a “sad but special” day for the world’s most famous ship, its crew and ... Read More »

CUNARD LINE’S QE 2 LEAVES SOUTHAMPTON FOR THE LAST TIME ON FINAL VOYAGE AND SAILS INTO CRUISE SHIP HISTORY

Cunard Line’s QE2, which had run aground hours earlier, tonight sailed serenely out of Southampton, England, on a tide of emotion on its last-ever voyage. With hundreds of passengers waving from the decks and thousands of spectators watching from the shores of Southampton Water, the 70,000-ton Cunard liner headed off ... Read More »

THE WOMAN WHO LIVES ON THE QE 2 MAKES FINAL VOYAGE ABOARD CUNARD LINE’S FAMOUS LINER AND SAILS INTO CRUISE SHIP HISTORY

With the Cunard Line’s QE2 heading into retirement, many people are losing their favourite place to spend a holiday and the crew is losing a workplace.But 89-year-old Beatrice Muller is actually losing her home. She is the QE2’s only permanent resident and she is making cruise ship history as reported ... Read More »