Cruise Ship Ads

These are just a small portion of the ads that we have for sale. None of these are reproductions, all are original. Most of these are large ads, larger than our scanner bed. Therefore the view shown on the page may not completely show the ad. They are placed in a plastic bag with a cardboard backboard for protection. Please e-mail us with your specific interests.


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AGWI Steamship Lines
Black and white 6" x 9 1/2" ad for their cruises to the south "Where Winter is Only a Name". The ad describes four destinations with pretty good detail.
January 1, 1914
The World's Work
1
$9.00
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Cruise 1

Alcoa
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for their Caribbean Cruises. The headline claims that "Life has new zest on an Alcoa Caribbean Cruise" and has a drawing of a man stretched out on a deck chair with reading material and an empty coffee cup nearby and a couple speedwalking past him on the deck. The text talks about the weather you will experience and mentions some of the interesting places that can be visited before talking about the three ships that the Alcoa Steamship Company had sailing in the area shown in a map at the bottom of the ad.
April 1947
Holiday
1
$8.00
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Cruise 22

Alcoa Steamship Company, Inc.
Full color 10" x 14" ad with a drawing of several natives holding flowers and fruit and the warning that "Alcoa sails the Caribbean". You are told that you can "Cross a gangplank to Caribbean Adventure" and you can "Relax luxuriously in your deck chair". We are told that we will be able to watch gulls going lazily in the sky as your ship runs southward. You will soon arrive in the Caribbean and then comes a parade of ports. You will discover just how different each one of these ports are. They tell us that by writing to their two ports, one in New York City and the other in New Orleans you will receive information about these trips.
February 1949
Holiday magazine
1
$8.00
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Cruise 23

American Export Lines
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for the American Export Lines. This ad begins with a picture of a man working the ice cream parlor onboard a ship. There are a bunch of children there and he is serving them all, and the ad headline says that "This man is a Sailor". "His name is Tom Hunt. But he's affectionately called "Grade A" by young voyagers such as these because Tom is a maestro of the milk shakes at the soda bar of the S.S. Constitution. Nowhere ashore is there so beloved a soda jerk, for "Grade A" dispenses with unbelievable largess. If personal taste calls for triple or quadruple dips, "Grade A" has only admiration for youthful capacity. His juvenile fan mail is enormous. Evenings, he presides over the Boat 'n Bottle Bar and you should travel sans spouse. Tom provides affidavits of behavior that are guaranteed to save you from the doghouse. Grateful folks from coast to coast will verify this. It is such men and such spirit that give the sister Sunliners Constitution and Independence the warm personalities that distinguish them. In the parlance of seamen the Constitution and Independence receive the highest accolade a ship can get...they're called "happy ships"".
September 1954
Holiday
1
$8.00
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Cruise 35

American Export Lines
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 1/2" ad for the American Export Lines. This ad is for the Constitution and the Independence which are identified as being Flagships of the American Export Lines. This ad has a picture of the front, lower half of the bow as the ship is dropping anchor as it pulls into port in someplace exotic. The ad headline starts off by saying this is a "Fall Sunlane Cruise to the Mediterranean". It then says that "At the first glimpse of Cannes you'll shoot up a whole roll of film. Here on the fascinating French Rivera you can explore fabulous Nice, ancient La Turbie, go inland to Grasse, the world's perfume center. Must: a spin along the spectacular Grande Corniche Drive between Cannes and Monte Carlo (perhaps a visit to the Casino). Calls at colorful Genoa give you a chance to discover Italy's picturesque Rivera. Every Sunlane Cruise drops in at Naples. The glorious bay, Vesuvius, the nearby ruins of doomed Pompeii, Sorrento and Amalfe arfi pure gold for the sight-seer. You can include visits to Rome, in Seville, to North Africa. Take a 3-week Sundane Cruise this Fall aboard the air-conditioned Constitution or Independence. It costs as little as $555 in Cabin Class or $715 in First. Sea=Air Cruises are also available. You cruise to Naples by ship, sight-see across Europe to Paris; London, too...return overnight by T.W.A. plane...15 days or longer".
May 1958
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 28

American President Lines
Full color 6 1/4" x 9 1/2" ad with a large picture of the SS President Wilson cruise ship sailing under a bridge. The ad headline informs us that this ship is "Sailing to the Orient August 19" and is trying to get you to join the cruise. The ad mentions that if this date doesn't agree with your schedule you can take the President Hoover which is leaving on August 7 or the President Cleveland which leaves on September 7. First class fares for these cruises start at $918.
May 1959
National Geographic
1
$7.50
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Cruise 12

American South African Line
Black and white 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" ad for a wartime ad for the American South African Line. This ad displayed the fact that everyone was working in a different direction and that there were a different set of standards now. The ad headline says that "We'll be back..." and, I am sure, that was out of as much confidence as it was hope. The ad goes on by saying "...back for more troops - guns - tanks - and planes. Back for the great quantities of men, munitions and supplies that America rushing to the far flung war fronts of the world...Today, many of our ships are transporting goods of war to censored destinations. Remote corners of the earth have become regular ports of call as they travel the long supply routes of this global war. While wartime needs of the United Nations are taking precedence over usual passengers and cargoes, frequent service to and from South and East Africa is still available by ships of the American South African Line, as it has been since 1922. Soon, "we'll be back" on our regular runs, with an increased schedule, helping to speed the growth of America's post-war trade with South and East Africa".
1944
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Cruise 36

Canadian Pacific
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad with an ad that wants you to "Now sail the sheltered St. Lawrence River Route to Europe aboard a Canadian Pacific "White Empress". There is a drawing of the boat preparing to dock in England as there are several people on shore sitting and watching or riding a wagon. The ad says that "Right now you can book passage to England via Canadian Pacific's "Landscape Route". Enjoy 1,000 miles of inland scenery down the St. Lawrence River, with a third less open sea travel on your trip to Europe! Whether you travel first class or tourist, all "White Empress" staterooms and public rooms are individually air-conditioned. From stem to stern, these magnificient luxury liners are designed for your comfort and enjoyment. "White Empress" crews are carefully selected to provide unsurpassed service. The cuisine is superb. And you'll find complete recreation facilities on board. Make your reservations now for tourists or first-class passage to Europe on one of the sleek "White Empresses." Your travel agent has full information."
May 1958
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 26

Canadian Pacific
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for their cruises between Montreal and Europe. There is a large painting of a the White Empress creeping close to the Chateau Fronteac in Quebec and the headline makes the offer to "Sail to Europe through 1,000 miles of historic Canada". The text talks about these tours and admits that, during the winter season, they do head south to warmer climates.
June 1959
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 20

Cunard Line
Black and white 6 1/4" x 9 1/2" ad that announces "Two Famous Cruise Ships Scythia and Laconia now in Cabin Service at rates from $152.50". Mentioned in the ad are some of the amenities that were luxury then and expected now. There is a small vertical crease in the top of the ad.
March 1928
National Geographic
1
$9.00
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Cruise 5

Cunard
Black and white 9 1/2" x 12" ad for the inauguration of the Queen Elizabeth on her Transatlantic Service. The ad contains a drawing of this ship steaming across the ocean. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
October 21, 1946
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Cruise 9

Cunard
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13 3/4" ad that is drawn to distinguish the Cunard White Star. The ad has a series of drawings that show hands at work; hands holding a tray of food, hands that are pulling a rope taut, hands that are holding the tiller straight and hands that are holding a pair of binoculars. The ad headline says "Hands that cross the sea!". It then says "Sure hands that hold the wheel...skilled hands that turn master valves...deft hands that place a delicacy on your plate...willing hands that open a door...these are the hands that cross the sea many times a year to bring you the dependability and comfort of a Cunard White Star transatlantic voyage. Guided by a tradition more than a century old, they are the hands of officers and men...stewards and stewardesses born to pride in the standards traditional with Cunard White Star. Whether you travel in a luxurious suite or a comfortable tourist class stateroom...whether you speed across the Atlantic in one of the Queens or prefer a more leisurely voyage...yours is the assurance that you are in dependable hands all the way".
October 24, 1949
Life magazine
1
$7.50
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Cruise 31

Cunard
Three color 7 1/2" x 11" ad that is for the joy of shipping out on the Cunard Shipping Lines. There is an older photo of a birthday party being attended by six or seven children and a mother and the little boys are wearing hats as the birthday boy is blowing the candles out on his cake. The headline says that "Tonight...1500 miles at sea...Johnny will get his wish". The ad says to "Blow those candles down, Johnny! Your ship, far out in the starlit sea, is a timeless enchanted island. Aboard this great Cunader with her twinkling lights, her laughter and happy faces, you share a wide kingdom with small friends. It's a blissful place where wishes are commands...for you...your big sister...Mom and Dad...There are so many reasons why most voyagers to Europe (young, old and in-between) choose Cunard...a wonderful family vacation going and coming in any season".
May 1958
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 27

Cunard
Full color 7 1/4" x 11" ad that is designated for the Cunard Shipping Lines. In this ad we see several people playing in the guest room. There are several "racing horses" as there are more standing back and watching and laughing. As the ad headline says, "Tonight...1500 miles at sea...the horses will be off and running". The ad then says that "Everybody shares the after-dinner games aboard a Cunader - those who play and those who watch! Your glowing mood shaped by the thoughtful service of the masterpiece meal just completed, has been tuned by the day's fellowship. You are mellow, relaxed, receptive...you anticipate a dancing evening. Lovely people, a lively crossing, a great vacation to and from Europe. The timeless peace of sea, sky and sleep has unwound your tensions. Who wins - tonight, 1500 miles at sea? You do!". At the bottom of the ad it lists the eleven ships available from the Cunard Line.
July 1958
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 33

Cunard
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad that discusses their Cruises to Europe. The ad has a drawing of a roomful of people who are comfortably seated in a lounge and experiencing a very wonderful time. The headline calls "Your Cunard ticket to Europe...so much more then transportation" and makes the valid claim that "Getting there is half the fun...go Cunard". They claim to offer the "Widest choice of ships, rates and sailings from New York and Canada to Europe". The available ships they mention in this ad are the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mary, the Mauretania, the Caronia, the Britannic, the Media, the Parthia, the Carinthia, the Ivernia, the Saxonia and the Sylvania.
February 1960
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 18

Delta Line
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 3/4" ad that is for the Delta Line of Shipping. This ad starts off with the headline "Your Resort At Sea to Brazil, Uruguay & Argentina" and shows four different photos illustrating them in action. At the top there are two photos of life on deck of their ships and there is a photo of their "Main Dining Room" and another photo of a Spacious Stateroom". The text in the ad says "Sunny days, tropical nights, and the finest passenger accommodations afloat make Delta Line cruises to South America the most pleasant travel today. The passenger list is limited to one hundred and twenty, ideal for shipboard social events. Delta Liners sail from fabulous New Orleans every fortnight and cruise to the romantic parts of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. They also drop anchor at the Virgin Islands and Curacao, gems of the Caribbean. Consult your local travel agent or write to Delta Line, Dept. H-7, foe complete information".
September 1954
Holiday
1
$8.00
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Cruise 34

French Line
Full color 9 3/4" x 13 1/2" ad that advertises their France-Afloat ship as one of their ships on the French Line. The ad starts off with the words that "You're in France the minute you step aboard France-Afloat" and then steps into a very unique "modern art" kind of picture. Then, at the bottom, it has a drawing of a two-stacked ship and it says to "Enjoy the excitement of Montmarte, the urbane atmosphere of Place Vendome, all the while you travel to England and the Continent on France-Afloat. Every French Line ship provides ever-new delights in food and gay entertainment. Or, if you desire, serene relaxation from tensions. Quick English-speaking service. Frequent sailings from New York".
April 1954
Holiday
1
$8.00
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Cruise 30

French Line
Full color 6 1/4" x 9 1/2" ad has a drawing of a cruise ship against a background of blue. In this blue background are drawings of islanders dancing under palm trees, the Eiffel Tower and soldiers marching by towers with British flags. The ad headline says "Whether cruising the Caribbean or crossing the Atlantic, refresh you zest for living on France-Afloat".
October 1954
National Geographic
1
$8.00
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Cruise 11

Grace Line
Full color 6 1/4" x 9 1/2" ad where they announce "A New Fleet of Twenty 'Santa' Ships for Express Passenger and Freight Service to the Caribbean and South America". The ad has drawings of, and names, all twenty of the new ships.
February 1946
National Geographic
1
$8.00
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Cruise 7

Grand Oriental Cruise
Black and white 6 1/4" x 9 1/2" ad for the voyage of the twin-screw S. S. Cleveland which leaves New York on January 28, 1911 for Spain, the Mediterranean and the Orient. The ad mentions this is an 80 day trip that costs from $325 and up.
October 1910
The World's Work
1
$9.00
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Cruise 3

Holland-American Line
Black and white 10" x 13" ad for their increased sailings to Europe. The ad contains a drawing of a ship in the water with active participants drawn 360 degrees around with the promise of "fun around the clock". The text lists the Rotterdam, the Nieuw Amsterdam, the Maasdam, the Statendam, the Ryndam, the Westerdam and the Noordam making the trips from New York to various ports in Europe. The text also talks about what is available onboard ship and mentions oversize cocktails for 40 cents and draught beer for 10 cents a glass. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
March 1960
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 16

Italian Line of the American Export Lines, Inc.
Black and white 10" x 14" ad that tells us that "Again...travelers are choosing sunny Italy". This ad for the two boats they had making the trips, the Vulcania and the Saturnia, were each 24,500 tons were the nucleus of the splendid new Italian Line. They offered transportation to Naples and Genoa then, by taking convenient connections, it was possible to go all over Europe. They mention that it would be able to see St. Peters in Rome, partake in winter sports in the Italian and the Swiss Alps, visit brilliant beach resorts and see great art treasures from Italy's golden age.
February 1949
Holiday magazine
1
$8.00
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Cruise 24

Matson Line
Full color 6 1/4" x 9 1/2" ad for their Pacific Cruises. The ad has a photo of a young girl sitting in a native boat onshore and she is acting like she is trying to paddle. The ad headline reminds us that "It's such fun to be in Hawaii" as it advertises it's cruises to Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia via Samoa and Fiji.
January 1941
National Geographic
1
$8.00
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Cruise 10
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Moore-McCormack
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 3/4" ad for the Moore-McCormack Lines. This ad contains two photos; the top one says "This is the kind of fun you have" and the bottom one is "This is one of the sights you see". In the top photo it shows everyone casually dressed and smiling as they are all preparing plates of food from a table in the middle of the ship's deck. This says "Imagine, lunching on deck! In the southern waters, the sea's so blue and so smooth. And does that salt air give you an appetite. Mooremack chefs treat you to the most amazing assortment of delicious food...including rare roast beef, back-home style - and a selection of exotic South American dishes. Eating on deck with interesting new friends is one of the things you'll enjoy most about your Mooremack cruise". In the bottom photo we see people who have seen that "You'll go up Sugarloaf by cable-car, look down to see lovely Rio with red-roofed houses, dazzling white apartments nestling among green hills. The sea is dotted with island monuments. The air is so clear you'll see swimmers splashing in the surf miles away. Far to the left, behind the crescent of Copacabana beach, is Corcovado Mountain and the famous 128-foot statue of Christ. Your Mooremack Cruise Director has arranged for you to motor up to see it". The information at the bottom of the ad says "S.S. Argentina...S.S. Brazil...38-day cruises to South America from $1,100. These 33,000-ton liners sail every 3 weeks from New York to Trinidad, Barbados, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Santos (Sao Paulo), Montevideo, Buenas Aires. See your travel agent for details".
December 1954
Holiday
1
$8.00
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Cruise 29

Moore-McCormack
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" ad for their cruises to South America. Next to a picture of a ship sailing into the Buenos Aires harbor the headline asks "How far is a month?" The text answere sith the quote of 12, 657 miles which is how much their two ships, Argentina and Brasil, will cruise in that time. There are five small pictures of the activities and the rooms available with prices and the upcoming cruise schedule.
June 1959
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 21

Moore-McCormack
Full color 10" x 13" ad for the 2 Northland Cruises they had scheduled in 1960. Shown in the ad were the itineraries for the 35 day trips set-up for the SS Brasil and the SS Argentina. Both ships were to leave New York, the SS Brasil on May 26 and the SS Argentina on July 21, to tour the northern European coasts reaching Russia before returning. The minimum cruise prices were shown as $1,215 and $1,350 while descriptions of the luxuries you would experience were listed for you to dream about. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
March 1960
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 15

Orient & Pacific
Full color 10" x 13" ad for their ships and the various cruises from the West Coast of the United States to various destinations throughout the South Pacific all the way to the Orient. There is a beautiful picture of a cruise ship making it's way through the Pacific seas as the sun sets behind it on a cloudy yet still evening. The headline urges you to "Run away to sea - on Orient & Pacific!" and the text discusses the destinations, the interesting occupations of the other passengers and the amazing friendships you are bound to make before docking at your destination. The ad gives a list of dates that ships will leave for Japan (Round trips from $638) and for Australia (Round Trips from $604). This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
March 1960
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 14

Pacific Mail
Black and white 5 3/4" x 10" ad for the shipping line that "Follows the 'Sunshine Belt' to the Orient". The ad mentions that the ships make a one-day stop at beautiful Hawaii.
September 1908
The World's Work
0
$9.50
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Cruise 4

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Pacific Mail
Black and white 4 1/2" x 7 1/2" ad for their cruises from New York to California via Panama. The ad mentions First Class fares for $250 and up.
April 1924
Farm Mechanics
1
$8.50
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Cruise 2

Panama Pacific Line
Black and white 8 3/4" z 13" ad for their Cruise-Voyages to and from California. The ad has one picture of one of their liners, pictures of the outdoor activities onboard, luxurious dining and a man climbing a coconut tree at one of the stops. The captions give information about the activities shown and the text gives some of the prices for their Coast to Coast trips, Circle Tours and their Vacation Tours.
February 1937
Town & Country
1
$8.50
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Cruise 19

Queen Mary
Black and white 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" photo of the ship as it sets in dry dock. The photo shows it from behind as the water is being pumped out to expose it's complete bottom. At this point all four of it's propellers are at least partially exposed and two skiffs are floating by the rear starting an inspection. This photo is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the photo will not be visible in the scanned view.
January 17, 1938
Life magazine
1
$8.00
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Cruise 13

Red Cross Line
Black and white 5 3/4" x 8 1/4" ad intended to encourage the readers to "Take a Trip to Foreign America". The ad mentions a Twelve Day vacation cruise, $60.00 and up, To Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John's Newfoundland.
July 1912
Little Folks
1
$8.50
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Cruise 6

Southern Pacific Steamships
Black and white 6" x 9 3/4" ad for their New York and New Orleans route. The ad mentions the price of $40 One Way and $70 Round Trip and calls it "One Hundred Hours of Charming Ocean Life".
1912
The World's Work Advertiser
0
$9.50
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Cruise 8

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Swedish American Line
Three color 7 1/4" x 10" ad that is for the Swedish American Shipping Line. This ad has a drawing of a Cruise Ship floating in the ocean as the headline calls it the Finest of holidays...a Swedish American Line Cruise". It then says to "Choose your cruise...on a "happy ship" custom built for luxurious, healthful sea travel! Wide play-and-sport decks, delightful lounges, cafes and swimming pools invite you to grand good times at parties, dances, motion pictures. The new GRIPSHOLM and beautiful KUNGSHOLM are completely air conditioned - your own room is outside, with private bath or shower. Enjoy fabulous meals and service, too, on your holiday cruise". The ad contains a list of longer cruises and a longer list of shorter (6 days to 16) cruises.
May 1958
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 25

United States Lines
Full color 9 1/2" x 13 3/4" ad for the ships of the United States Lines, the S.S. United States and the S.S. America. This ad starts off with "A short sea story with an all star cast". There are photos of four groups of people on the right-hand side; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hogan, Donald Burr and his wife Billie Worth, Frances Parkinson Keys and Rear Admiral Tully Shelley and has something to say about each of them. The ad then says "- Your 5-day houseparty to Europe on the new S.S. United States - Your vacation-at-sea on the S.S. America. Even if all you write is letters home, you have all the makings of a best seller. Your all-star cast is straight out of the pages of "Who's Who." Your setting is one of gracious living, sophistacated service, spiced with the romance and glamour of a sea-voyage. Your mealtime menus are a gourmet's guide to America and Continental cuisine; the kitchens, the engine room - the whole ship...a handbook of efficiency and cleanliness. All in all, a "success story" that in a short span of two years has been "bought" by over 164,000 passengers".
September 1954
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 32

United States Lines
Full color 10" x 13" ad for the convenience of a cruise on the s.s. United States. The ad has a picture of 2nd Lt. Bradley C. Hosmer, Miss Judith D. Rush and Mr. Charles Steedman standing at the railing waving to their friends who remain standing on the dock and the headline tells you to "Take time out for the time of your life - on the s.s. United States, world's fastest ship!". The text claims you will be in Europe in five days and then gives you a list of some of the wonderful things you will enjoy on board ship while you travel. The text gives rates for the s.s. United States and the s.s. America for First Class, Cabin and Tourist. This ad is larger than my scanner bed so the outer edges of the ad will not be visible in the scanned view.
Maarch 1960
Holiday
1
$7.50
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Cruise 17










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