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Sea Lines Quarterly Magazine

Our magazine ‘Sea Lines’ is essential reading as it is the magazine for those interested in passenger liners of old and cruise ships and ferries of today. Now 48 pages of full colour,  with many photographs that are only to be seen on its pages. Articles cover new ships in service, the older vessels still in service and other interesting stories are recorded of ships that have changed their role or are no longer with us . Book and video reviews come ‘From the Library’ followed by news and industry talk in the quarterly column ‘Through the Porthole’, which keeps abreast of ships and their fate. Lastly Society news and information on talks is signalled ‘From the Engine Room’.

This magazine is for many members the main reason for joining the Ocean Liner Society. Back issues 10-66 are currently still available. For details of back issue contents see below. To order use the Membership Form

Sea Lines Back Issue Prices (from the current issue back to No.10)

Member Price £ 3 per issue
Non Member Price £ 5 per issue
Postage UK £1.00 per issue (please note the Membership form is currently incorrect)
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Selected articles from Sea Lines back issues


Sea Lines Contents

All issues also contain From the Bridge (editorial), Through the Porthole (passenger ship news) and book reviews


Sea Lines 87   Issue 88: Autumn 2017
Chichibu Maru
Vital Spark Hebridean cruise
Seven Seas Explorer

  Sea Lines 85 Issue 87: Summer 2017
Deutsche Atlantik Part 2
Majestic Princess - Princess Cruises
Island Breeze - ex-Transvaal castle
Megastar - Helsinki-Tallinn LNG ferry

Sea Lines 86 Issue 86: Spring 2017
SS Nevasa
Hamburg Atlantik Line
Genting Dream

  Sea Lines 85 Issue 85: Winter 2017
It's Windstar; but without the Wind
Unlucky Prinsendam
Hurtigruten's new Spitsbergen



Sea Lines 84   Issue 84:Autumn/Fall 2016
Lofoten 1964
The Pretty Patricia 
Ships on Stamps
  Sea Lines 83 Issue 83: Summer 2016
Furness Bermuda Line
AIDAprima - voyage report
On the River to Mandalay - Irrawaddy River Cruise
Sea Lines 82   Issue 82:Spring 2016
Norwegian Escape - voyage report
Bimini Superfast
Three Big Sisters 2: Tatsuta Maru - NYK 
TSS Reina del Mar
  Sea Lines 81 Issue 81: Winter 2016
Viking Star - voyage report
Mein Schiff 4 - voyage report
Three Big Sisters 1: Asama Maru - NYK
Olympic Voyager/Explorer - Royal Olympic fast sisters


Sea Lines 80   Issue 80: Autumn/Fall 2015
Costa Diadema - voyage report
Leonardo add Vinci - Italia Line
Hebridean Princess - voyage report
  Sea Lines 79 Issue 79: Summer 2015
P&O's new Britannia
Champlain (French Line)
Magellan (CMV)
Maria Ulyanova (Soviet liner)
Sea Lines 78   Issue 78: Spring 2015
CUNARD 175th Anniversary Issue
Roughing it with Cunard
Queen Elizabeth
Cunard today
Cunard’s purpose built cruise ships (1970s)
My first time
  Sea Lines 78 Issue 77: Winter 2015
A far Eastern Voyage Straits SS Co
Wow! Quantum of the Seas - Royal Caribbean
Northern Star - Shaw Savill & Albion


Sea Lines 76   Issue 76: Autumn/Fall 2014
Mein Schiff 3
Lafayette - French Line
Aegean Paradise - ETSTUR
  Sea Lines 75 Issue 75: Summer 2014
Oronsay - Orient SN Co
Saga Pearl - Saga's Little Gem
Stella d'Italia - A 1926 Pilgrimage Cruise
Finlandia - Eckero Line flagship
Sea Lines 74   Issue 74: Spring 2014
SV Mandalayy - Sail Windjammer
Nomadic - White Star Tender
Marnix van Sint Aldegonde - Nederland Line
Celebrity Reflection - Celebrity
Book Reviews: The British cruise Ship
  Sea Lines 73 Issue 73: Winter 2014
Aegean Odyssey - Voyages of Antiquity
Statendam 1957 - HAL
Turan Emeksiz - ex-Istanbul ferry
Stavangerfjord - Fjord Line
Book Reviews: RMS Mauretania


Sea Lines 72   Issue 72: Autumn/Fall 2013
Hamburg - OLS Group Cruise
Cotunav's new Tanit
Royal Princess
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt - Part 2
Book Reviews: All Aboard - South Africa Guide
  Sea Lines 71 Issue 71: Summer 2013
Norwegian Breakaway
Steam's Last Hurrah - Atlantic Sky
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt - Part 1
Book Reviews: RMS Queen Mary - Andrew Britton
Sea Lines 70   Issue 70: Spring 2013
American Queen - Mississippi steam boat
Night Boats to the Continent
Stefan Batory
Viking Grace - Baltic Ferry
Book Reviews: Cunard & Simon Fisher books
  Sea Lines 69 Issue 69: Winter 2013
Saga Sapphire
Marco Polo - CMV
Carnival Breeze
Piana - La Méridionale Corsica ferry
Book Review: Edwardian Superliners


Sea Lines 68   Issue 68: Autumn/Fall 2012
P&O's Himalaya
Galapagos Xpedition
P&O's Grant Event
Habib & Marrakech
  Sea Lines 67 Issue 67: Summer 2012
New York 1966-70
Hamburg Birthday Party photos
Oceania' new Marina
Sea Lines 66   Issue 66: Spring 2012
Diary of a Freighter Cruise
Balmoral - cruise report
SOLAS - surviving disaster
Columbi 2 (NDL Columbus Liners)
  Sea Lines 65 Issue 65: Winter 2012
Seabourn Quest
Columbi 1 (NDL Columbus Liners)
Eagle - P&O Southern Ferries
Funchal - On a Wing & a Prayer


Sea Lines 64   Issue 64: Autumn/Fall 2011
La Boreal
Ship Lover's Early Photos
Canberra - 50 Years On

  Sea Lines 63 Issue 63: Summer 2011
Queen Mary - Visit to a retired old Queen
Queen Elizabeth (2010)
Minerva - Swan Hellenic

Sea Lines 62    Issue 62: Spring 2011
Disney Dream
Rhapsody of the Seas
Mediterranean Contrasts:-
    Liners Jerusalem & Istanbul
  Sea Lines 61 Issue 61: Winter 2011
Oasis/Allure of the Seas
Thomson Spirit
Preserved Liners - Augustus


Sea Lines 60   Issue 60: Autumn/Fall 2010
Norwegian Epic
Belfast SS Motorships
Bleu de France/Europa
President Hoover/Regina Prima
   Sea Lines 60 Issue 59: Summer 2010
MSC Fantasia
Ionia & Lydia of HML
Fosen built Adriatic ferries

Sea Lines 58   Issue 58: Spring 2010
Salamis Glory
Cruise on Discovery

   Sea Lines 57 Issue 57: Winter 2010
SS Brazil
Black Prince
Cruise on Aquamarine & Aegean Pearl



    Issue 56: Autumn/Fall 2009
Boudicca & her Royal Viking sisters
Regal Empress (ex-Olympia)
German Empresses Part 3 - Canadian Pacific

  Issue 55: Summer 2009
Queen Mary 2
Mardi Gras to the Bahamas
German Empresses Part 2 - Canadian Pacific
Disney Wonder
  Issue 54: Spring 2009
Kristina Regina - Perfect Finnish
Maxim Gorkiy
German Empresses - Canadian Pacific
Issue 53: Winter 2009
Mongolia/Europa/Nassau/Acapulco history
The Plasticity of Metal
A Caribbean Affair
Fred.Olsen versus RCL


  Issue 52: Autumn/Fall 2008
Holidays with Hotlips - AIDAdiva
Magdelena - River of no return
Out of the Comfort Zone
Peaceboat - The Topaz
Issue 51: Summer 2008
Costa Marina... an Italian Black
Prince Anastasis - the last chapter and verse
QE2 and Queen Victoria tandem crossing
Kungsholm - Part 3 

Issue 50: Spring 2008

A Queen, A Duchess and a grand christening.

Picture Gallery - Queen Victoria

The Debut of a new Queen

34 years on (Arielle)


Issue 49: Winter 2008

Dutch Impressions - Van Gogh

Kungsholm - part 2

Messages from the Past

The romance of the Queen Elizabeth 2 - part 2


Issue 48: Autumn 2008

The SS Sky Wonder..ful cruise 2007

ms Kungsholm, the last white Viking

The Orient Expresses - Part 2


Issue 47: Summer 2008

The Orient Expresses - Part 1



Danish Mailboat Disaster


Issue 46: Spring 2007

The romance of QE2

Miniature Liners: Venus

Swan Song for Swan Hellenic

Frederico C

Messages from the Past



Issue 45: Winter 2007

Mariposa and Monterrey

TS Monterey - a classic cruise

Thomson Celebration

Just another day in Paradise



Issue 44: Autumn/ Fall 2006

SS France - Westbound Tourist Class by Ted Scull


SS Oceanic - the OLS cruise

Norway remembered (photos)



Issue 43: Summer 2006

The Pacific Sun Shines by David Robinson

Time Flies by Clive Harvey

Germans to the Cape - Part 2



Issue 42: Spring 2006

Saga Ruby, a beauty reborn

Germans to the Cape - Part 1

Liners go POP!

Olympic/Titanic: How many masts?


Issue 41: Winter 2005/6

Arcadia - a vista of England

Orsova - It all started here!

The tragedy of the Yarmouth Castle

Cruising just got easier?

A Fantasy Cruise on the Color Fantasy


Issue 40: Autumn/ Fall 2005

Life aboard RMS Windsor Castle

ss Oceanic at 40

Funchal - on a Scottish Odyssey

Messages from the past


Issue 39: Summer 2005

Costa Magica misses a trick

MY First Time

Queen and Country part 2 - Patria

A Memory of Ocean Breeze



Issue 38: Spring 2005

Oriana Mediterranean cruising

Messages from the Past

Queen & Country - part 1

The twilight years of CP Steamships

Issue 37: Winter 2005

Cr***ing is a dirty word! by Chris Mason

Canadian Pacific - the world's greatest travel system by John W Allison

Queen Elizabeth 2 recalled .... 35 years on

The Odyssey of Shalom by Clive Harvey


Issue 36: Autumn/Fall 2004

Swedish Beauties to Turkish Delight


The Maiden Voyage - 2

Cruise ships, my personal Odyssey


Issue 35: Summer 2004

Black Watch to Iberia

The Maiden Voyage

1956: A year to remember - Furness Bermuda Line's Ocean Monarch

Chic Cypriot Classic - Serenade


Issue 34: Spring 2004

A New Queen arrives in Town

Atalante - a floating time capsule

Someone Tagged it

Denny Remembers


Issue 33: Winter 2004

Regatta - a phoenix rises

Swan Hellenic then... Orpheus

Swan Hellenic now... Minerva II

Sisters apart

The Ships of Strength Through Joy


Issue 32: Autumn/ Fall 2003

Crystal Gazing

Ships of Strength Through Joy

Fairstar, an Aussie Icon

Queen of Bermuda

Issue 31: Summer 2003


Versailles Afloat - SS France - part 2

Carnival Legend to Amsterdam

Denny Remembers the Queen Elizabeth

Orient Liners Remembered



Issue 30: Spring 2003

Splendour to Rio - Splendour OTS

Versailles Afloat - SS France (1910)

Andes - Britain's Premier Cruise Ship

Dear Bliss

Issue 29: Winter 2003

Rising Star in the East

A Visit to Chantiers de L'Atlantique

Royal Mail Line's Andes

Santa Rosa & Emerald

Dear Bliss


Issue 28: Autumn/ Fall 2002

Travelling with Marco Polo

Royal Mail

Albatros, A White Lady

Hawaiian Cruising, Matson Style

Dear Bliss

Issue 27: Summer 2002

Return to Oriana

Cruising 30 year on

Baloeran & Dempo, Part 2

Black Prince

Dear Bliss


Issue 26: Spring 2002

Valediction for Victoria

Dear Bliss

Baloeran and Dempo

A Cypriot Princess

Birthday for Aurora

Issue 25: Winter 2002

A taste of the high life aboard Hebridean Spirit

Pasteur - uncrowned Queen of the S.Atlantic - Part 2

Mistral, a statistical look at the completely European ship

Independence at Fifty

Dear Bliss


Issue 24: Autumn/ Fall 2001

Saga Rose - cruising in another age

ss Pasteur - an uncrowned Queen of the South Atlantic

A Bellboy's Tale

Black Watch, Black Prince & Blenheim

A Liner of your own

Issue 23: Summer 2001

Magical Millennium

The Comfort Route

Olympic Voyager

Dear Bliss

Voyage No 18 of the Nieuw Amsterdam


Issue 22: Spring 2001


Hamburg Sud - part 5 - Cap Arcona

Liner of the Century

Dear Bliss

Ocean Liners in Miniature; Blenheim & Braemar

Issue 21: Winter 2001

Switzerland in South America

Hamburg Sud, Part 4 - Cap Polonio

A Cruise to Remember

Dear Bliss

A Song for America, a Bird for Europe



Issue 20: Autumn/ Fall 2000

ms Philippines - part 2

Hamburg Sud - part 3

Hamburg - the time machine

Proper cruising aboard Maxim Gorkiy

Dear Bliss

Issue 19: Summer 2000

ms Philippines

Dear Bliss

Aurora, the dawning of a new age

Hamburg Sud - part 2

Miniature Liners


Issue 18: Spring 2000

Apollo, every inch an Empress

Extracts from a journal of a Trans Atlantic voyage

Dear Bliss

Europa, the ultra deluxe flagship

Hamburg Sud - part 1

Issue 17: Winter 2000

 QE2 , the enduring Queen

Green Goddess, RMS Caronia

Chusan & Arcadia


Issue 16: Autumn/ Fall 1999

The Glorious Galileo

From Cradle to the Grave Part 3, SS American Star

Dear Bliss

A Century of French Ocean Liner Interiors

Union Castle Memories

Issue 15: Summer 1999

Topaz - a gem

From Cradle to the Grave Part 2, SS Australis

Dear Bliss

The Oslofjord



Issue 14: Spring 1999

Silver Cloud on a Silver Sea

From Cradle to the Grave Part 1, SS America

Pursuing the Prince Part 2

Dear Bliss

A Princess with an Australian Accent

The Manx Lusitania medals

Issue 13: Winter 1999

Deutschland, a cornucopia of Edwardian restraint

Pursuing the Prince

Dear Bliss

The Cruise Ship Akropolis

Edinburgh Castle, looking back and looking forward

A Grande debut in New York

Return of the Grand Dame


Issue 12: Autumn/ Fall 1998

Rotterdam (1997)

Empress of Britain interiors

Dear Bliss

Disney without the Magic


L'Atlantique Postscript


Issue 11: Winter 1998

Galaxy, a rising star in the cruising fleet

Dear Bliss


Christmas Shipping in Greece and Cyprus - Part 2


Issue 10: Spring 1998

Christmas Shipping in Greece & Cyprus

Master Beattie changes light bulbs

Last Salute to Golden Princess

Costa Victoria - Costa flagship