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A History of Ocean Liners and Cruise Ships in Florida

Morning arrival in Miami of the ss Florida from Havana

ss Florida morning arrival in Miami from Havana

Merchants and Miners Line Deep Sea Cruises brochure Florida became a very fashionable vacation destination in the 1920s and 1930s. Tourists flocked to the winter sunshine primarily by rail but also by sea. See our account of the Coastal Liners to Florida with vintage postcards representing the major shipping lines plus historic brochures of the Clyde-Mallory Lines and Merchants and Miners Line.

ss Yarmouth ss Evangeline Sunshine cruises from Miami brochure Explore the early history of the cruise industry in Some Notable Early Cruise Ships from Miami. In the Early Years, cruising was done aboard small, second-hand liners. By the mid-1960's, modern Car Ferries were deployed to replace the old steamers. At the end of the decade, a New Generation of purpose-built cruise ships appeared and were immediately popular. We cover the origins of Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and others.

Port Everglades 1963-64 brochure The Classic Ocean Liners and Cruise Ships of Port Everglades in the 1960's is a survey of the ships that sailed from this South Florida port and their destinations, along with some great images, statistics and stories. Find the annual itineraries and sailing schedules for September 1963 to August 1964.

Breakfast on the way aboard P&O-Orient Lines Take an evocative journey back to the 1950's and 60's sailing Around-The-World with P&O-Orient Lines. See a brief post World War II illustrated company history, online interactive 1965 sailing schedules plus a gallery of images and facts for each ship.

See the rank and statistical details of more than 300 cruise ships over 9,000 tons at Compare the Cruise Ships ... biggest, newest, longest, fastest? See how they rank in number of cabins, space per passenger and compare their GT scores and stars!

The Ocean Liner Bookstore, in association with, features the Berlitz cruise ship guide and a hand-picked selection of other passenger ship and cruise industry titles.