Monthly Archives: March 2009

Cruising the Past: The Hindenburg. Color video of the great airship. Memories of the fastest way to “cross the pond” during the 1930s. 2 and 1/2 Days. And the most expensive way to go!

Cruising the Past: The Hindenburg. Color video of the great airship. Memories of the fastest way to “cross the pond” during the 1930s.  2 and 1/2 days!  And the most expensive way to go! The Airship Hindenburg was the last great passenger zeppelin. 1937 Video of the Zeppelin Hindenburg – new color footage of the airship, including the Hindenburg burning. ... Read More »

Cruise News: P&O cruise ship passengers revolt over ‘prison’ conditions aboard World Cruise. Bad luck for ship where champagne bottle did not break as liner was blessed. A bad omen?

Cruise News: P&O cruise ship passengers revolt over ‘prison’ conditions aboard World Cruise.  Bad luck for ship where champagne bottle did not break as liner was blessed.  A bad omen? The Aurora has suffered a string of bad luck since its naming ceremony went awry. Holidaymakers compared their round-the-world voyage on the Aurora to being in prison after engine problems ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: MATSON LINE’S SS LURLINE IN SAN DIEGO

The SS Lurline docking at San Diego’s Broadway pier in the 1930s. The SS Lurline was the third Matson vessel to hold that name and the last of four fast and luxurious ocean liners that Matson built for the Hawaii and Australasia runs from the West Coast of the United States. Lurline’s sister ships were SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and ... Read More »

Cruise History: 50 BELLBOYS ABOARD THE RMS TITANIC DIED SMOKING AS WOMEN FILLED BOATS ESCAPED THE DOOMED WHITE STAR LINER

April 21, 1912 – Among the many hundreds of heroic souls aboard the fatal RMS TITANIC who went bravely and quietly to their end were fifty happy-go-lucky youngsters shipped as bellboys or messengers to serve the first cabin passengers. James Humphries, a quartermaster, who commanded lifeboat No. 11, told a little story today that shows how these fifty lads met ... Read More »

Cruise History: Is the QE2 headed for the Dubai scrapyard? Rumors are floating around the former Cunard Line ship is going to be scrapped because the Dubai economic bubble has gone bust.

Cruise History: Is the QE2 headed for the Dubai scrapyard?  Rumors are floating around the former Cunard Line ship is going to be scrapped because the Dubai economic bubble has gone bust. The QE 2 on her last voyage. The Business Insider website is reporting the QE 2 is being scrapped. Last year, once the world’s fastest liner in the ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Battle continues on fate of relics from doomed ship RMS Titanic. The tragic story of the famous liner just gets more tragic.

Cruise Ship History: Battle continues on fate of relics from doomed ship RMS Titanic. The tragic story of the famous liner just gets more tragic. The Titanic was one of the largest passenger ships at its time in 1912. It was captained by Edward John Smith. It left England on April 10, 1912 and docked in France and Ireland before ... Read More »

Cruise history: The GOLDEN BEAR II – California Maritime Academy’s third training ship started as a cargo-passenger vessel. The Delta Line’s DELORLEANS served briefly on the “banana” South American run just before World War 2. But her destiny was great. Training 1000s of American student cadets.

Cruise history: The GOLDEN BEAR II – California Maritime Academy’s third training ship started as a cargo-passenger vessel. The Delta Line’s DELORLEANS served briefly on the “banana” South American run just before World War 2.  But her destiny was great. Training 1000s of American student cadets. The DELORLEANS leaving New Orleans for South America in 1941. The California Maritime Academy’s ... Read More »

Cruise History: Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA. With Caviar the norm – known as the “Green Goddess” – she was the most deluxe ship ever built for cruising.

A Cunard Line advertising film, the cruise of the ship Coronia thru the Mediterranean with stops and side trips to many of the major cities with quick shots of interesting sights and maps showing route as the tour progresses. The Caronia arriving in Long Beach, California, on her 1955 World Cruise. RMS Caronia was a 34,183 gross register tons (GRT) ... Read More »

Cruise History: Nostalgia will rule the waves on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. New ship will honor the first liner by the same name. Stepping on board Cunard’s latest cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth, will be like walking onto the set of Poirot.

Yesterday, Cunard Line revealed itinerary and design plans for its newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, which is scheduled to enter service on 12 October 2010, giving one of the oldest names in shipping the strength of operating the youngest fleet in the industry. Queen Elizabeth will be the third new ocean liner to be introduced by Cunard in six years ... Read More »