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From The Getty Museum to Lisbon’s Hills – The Future and The Past – Two Unique Ways to Transport People

The Getty Museum tram on video. Lisbon’s Glória funicular on video. CRUISING THE PAST looks at the Getty Museum tram and the Glória funicular in Lisbon. Each of these unique ways to transport people climb a mountain. One is modern and the other old – but they share one thing in common – both are unique and an attraction in ... Read More »

1937 CRUISE – NEW YORK TO NOVA SCOTIA ABOARD EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY

1937 CRUISE – NEW YORK TO NOVA SCOTIA ABOARD EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY From Youtube: home movies, a trip to Nova Scotia leaving from Pier 18 in NYC. (Some notes indicate it may be 1937.) We see Yarmouth and Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, some large passenger ships, some of coastal Canada and a clam wrapped up in a box. The Bug ... Read More »

Mexico to lose most of its ‘Love Boats’ – Ending nearly 50 years of Cruise History.

Princess Cruises practically invented the Mexican Riviera — and is credited with jump-starting the modern cruise industry — by starring in the hugely popular 1970-1980s TV series “The Love Boat.” Cruise History – Mexico to lose most of its ‘Love Boats’ – Ending nearly 50 years of Princess Cruise Mexico service – and a milestone in Cruise History. As if ... Read More »

Titanic to Crash Into Iceberg, Theaters Again in 3-D!

Titanic in Digital 3-D Will Put the Iceberg Right in Your Face Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the movie TITANIC. CRUISING THE PAST: RMS Titanic to Crash Into Iceberg, Theaters Again in 3-D! What’s nearly two billion dollars look like in 3-D? More than 10 years after becoming king of the movie world, James Cameron’s Titanic may soon be ... Read More »

THE SS FRANCE AND THE SS LIBERTE – Elegance at sea – Now a memory.

Cruise History: THE SS FRANCE AND THE SS LIBERTE – Elegance at sea – Now a memory. Enjoy these gorgeous full color home movies from SHIPGEEK shot by a lucky couple who traveled on the SS France Eastbound, and the SS Liberte Westbound, trans-Atlantic. Crossing the pond. Shipgeek has combined to suggest a mythical time when such a trip might ... Read More »

THE AROSA LINE – Immigrants and Students – Compañia Internacional Transportadora 1952-1958

Cruise History: The Compañia Internacional Transportadora or Arosa Line was founded by Nicolo Rizzi.  He was a Swiss/Italian financier.   A little known shipping service – THE AROSA LINE – it provided Trans-Atlanitc service for immigrants and students. The company was known as a Swiss organization – all the ships were registered in countries of convenience – such as Panama and ... Read More »

September 17, 1949 – 6O years ago – The SS Noronic Fire: a Toronto Disaster – A fire at sea.

September 17, 1949 – 60 Years Ago Today – Cruise History. The SS Noronic Fire: a Toronto Disaster – A fire at sea. The 60th Anniversary of the horrible disaster. THE SHIP: The SS Noronic was launched June 2, 1913 in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada.She was built by the Western Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company for the Northern Navigation Company, ... Read More »

YOU’VE GOTTA BE A FOOTBALL HERO – 1930s LOOK AT THE FAMOUS SONG

“You’ve Gotta Be A Football Hero” is a song written by Al Sherman, Buddy Fields and Al Lewis. It is one of the most widely recorded and performed American football anthems of all time. The song was written in 1933. Thelma Watson and her all girl orchestra. A GREAT VIDEO – YOU’VE GOTTA BE A FOOTBALL HERO – 1930s LOOK ... Read More »

PRIVATE RAILWAY CARS – THE LAND USE VERSION OF THE PRIVATE JET

The Chapel Hill was originally built in 1922 for Post Cereals Heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and stock broker and investment banker E.F. Hutton. Chartering Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Private Railway Car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet. See for yourself as Michael L. Grace takes us on a smooth ride cross country featured  in New York Social ... Read More »

JAPAN’S Trans-Pacific Liners – Baseball players from Yale…

The ships were the fastest between the US and Japan prior to World War II. Cruise Ship History: JAPAN’S Trans-Pacific Liners – Were the fastest between the US and Japan prior to World War II. In 1935, at the invitation of Waseda University, the Yale University Baseball Team came to Japan from New Haven, Connecticut on NYK’s Tatsuta Maru , ... Read More »

THE SS SANTA MARIA IS LAND LOCKED – GRACE LINE – 1930s

Cruise Ship History: The SS Santa Maria – a Grace Line ship – seems land locked while docked in New York.   Grace Line operated year round service to the Caribbean and South America into the 1970s. Read More »

When it comes to the Swine Flu pandemic here is a great Princess Cruise Lines ad proving the point tourists should stick to ships and avoid jets.

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 Fe Railway.   Today, rail travel in America is not a ... Read More »

Legendary Sloppy Joe’s and a Video featuring Old Havana, Cuba – during the 1930s.

A tour of the city of Havana, Cuba in the 1930s.  The travelogue was filmed by Andre de la Varre.  Wonderful shots of the capital and outlying visits to the island.  Including arrival and departure by cruise ship from New York. And scenes of Sloppy Joe’s. Cruising The Past: Sloppy Joe’s and a Video featuring Old Havana, Cuba – during ... Read More »

Titanic-themed five star hotel to be erected in Belfast.

This video contains a lot of (very old) pictures on Titanic, and even two short (original) films. It also contains pictures from the famous movie “Titanic” with Kate and Leonardo as actors.  It’s a monochrome film. LONDON – A Titanic-themed boutique hotel is set to be erected at the old headquarters of the Belfast shipyard where the fated Olympic-class passenger ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: The TEV Wahine Disaster and the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand.

Cruise Ship History: The TEV Wahine Disaster and the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. On Christmas Eve 1959 the ferry RANGITIRA (left) touched the bottom while entering Tory Channel and was forced to remain in Picton. This photo was taken on 26 December 1959 and shows Lyttelton ferry MAORI (right) which made a daylight return crossing to Picton from ... Read More »