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Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA was the cruise ship of millionaries.

Cruise History: Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA was the cruise ship of millionaires. The Caronia was called the “Green Goddess” – and probably is the most famous cruise ship of all time. The RMS CARONIA TIMELINE is a website we are saluting. It is devoted to this great ship. This truly ... Read More »

Sailing trans-Atlantic on the French Line – 1920s – Great video from youTUBE…

Cruise History – Sailing trans-Atlantic on the French Line – 1920s – Great video from youTUBE… Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (French Line) was founded in 1861. The company began sailing in 1862 from Havre to Mexico and in 1864 they added a services from Havre to New York. They also sailed ... Read More »

“Oh Susanna” on American President Lines – The first “Love Boat” TV series.

CRUISE LINE HISTORY – “Oh Susanna” – The first “Love Boat” TV series.  Gail Storm starred in a very successful 1950s TV series that featured American President Lines.  It was the preview to the 1970s-1980s TV series, LOVE BOAT, that changed the cruise industry.   Read about APL and going Around ... Read More »

Cruising the Past in the 1920s: Travel and society in the twenties. The “Lost Generation” aboard ships, trains and hotels. Getting there for Americans was “half the fun”!

A great youtube video of Flappers… They sailed and cruised aboard foreign flag liners that sold booze… They crossed America aboard great trains… They stayed in famous hotels… Read More »

Cruising the Past: Amtrak will never be the answer… no matter how much money the USA gives it.

Compare dinner aboard the Southern Pacific’s Lark between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 1950s with dining aboard today’s USA Government run Amtrak. No matter how much money they sink into Amtrak –  rail service will never achieve the elegance and opulence of the past. The Lark Club dining ... Read More »

Our video featuring a 1954 Cruise to Alaska the SS ALASKA – When cruise ships to the Inland Passage were smaller, intimate and far more environmentally friendly and under the American flag. They weren’t floating Vegas condos.

1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. Cruise History: Our video featuring a 1954 Cruise to Alaska the SS ALASKA – When cruise ships to the Inland Passage were smaller, intimate and far more environmentally friendly and under the American flag.  They weren’t floating Vegas condos. Views of the ship ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – PANAMA PACIFIC LINES finished – New York to California via Havana and the Panama Canal – From 1938 TIME MAGAZINE

Many American flag steamship lines — APL, Matson, Moore-McCormick, Grace, etc. — faced a similar fate as Panama Pacific Lines did when the US withdrew their mail and operating subsidies to carry military personnel in the 1960s. The same fate happened to the American railway system in the late 1960s ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – The SS United States. The fastest liner ever built. Video of celebrities and presidents. From Harry S. Truman to Elizabeth Taylor sailing aboard the great liner.

Great youTube video on the SS United States from past to present.  The SS United States. 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: Princess Cruise Lines new ad tells it like it is. Cruising by great liners, Pullman trains, 1970s glamor of “Love Boat” compared to the grim reality of air travel today.

Princess Cruises excellent and rather cynical television ad (click on arrow) reminds everyone what we already know about the horrors of air travel as compared to sailing aboard a ship. The Pullman Company use to have the greatest safety record and so did such venerable companies such as the Santa ... Read More »