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AMERICA’S AMUSEMENT PARKS DURING THE 1920s

CRUISING THE PAST – AMERICA’S AMUSEMENT PARKS DURING THE 1920s GREAT YOUTUBE VIDEO OF AMUSEMENT PARKS IN THE 1920s. Amusement park or theme park is the generic term for a collection of rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a large group of people. An amusement park is more elaborate than a simple city park or ... Read More »

MERRY CHRISTMAS – from SNOOPY THE MUSICAL

VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS from CRUISING THE PAST… Cruising The Past: WHEN DO THE GOOD THINGS START from the hit London revival of SNOOPY. Cruising the Past: JUST ONE PERSON from the CBS ANIMATED SPECIAL of SNOOPY. Snoopy!!! The Musical is a musical comedy with music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Hal Hackady – the book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur ... Read More »

THE GREAT BRITISH LINER – THE SS CANBERRA – THE LAST GASP OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

CRUISING THE PAST: THE SS CANBERRA – THE LAST GASP OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE A great BBC youtube video of the SS CANBERRA returning from the Falklands. For 37 years the SS Canberra was a very familiar sight in Southampton’s Western Docks and in ports the world over, particularly Sydney which, it could be said, has been her second home. ... Read More »

KLM – THE OLDEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD GOES WITH BIOFUEL

CRUISING THE PAST: KLM – THE OLDEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD GOES WITH BIO-FUEL. Dutch airline company KLM inaugurates a biofuel flight on one of its passenger carrying 747’s – a combination of 50% biofuel and 50% jet fuel. The biofuel being used in this KLM flight will be made from camelina, a feedstock that produces 84% fewer emissions than ... Read More »

TITANIC THE MUSICAL

VIDEO of the Australian premiere production of Titanic the Musical. CRUISE HISTORY: TITANIC THE MUSICAL TO BE DONE AT KENNEDY CENTER. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A BIG FAN OF THE MUSICAL ABOUT THE SINKING OF THE RMS TITANIC. THE MUSICAL WILL MAKE NEW CRUISE HISTORY AND IS A GREAT VIEW INTO CRUISING THE PAST. TITANIC THE MUSICAL The discovery of the ... Read More »

SS Conte Biancamano – Bon Voyage and Sail Away Parties from New York – 1920s and 1950s…

CRUISING THE PAST:  SS Conte Biancamano – Bon Voyage and Sail Away Parties from New York – 1920s and 1950s on You Tube from www.shipgeek.com. CLICK ON THIS YOU TUBE VIDEO: We see two bon voyage parties aboard the ITALIAN LINE’S SS CONTE BIANCAMANO. IN 1920 and 1950. Could it be the same people? You decide! 1926 – Italy’s largest ... Read More »

“LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE ON TODAY’S NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY

CRUISING THE PAST: “LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE ON TODAY’S NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY – “LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE by Michael L. Grace From the 1930s until his death in 1966, Lucius Beebe was the image of celebrity. An author, journalist, historian, raconteur, gourmet and bon vivant extraordinary – this extraordinary personality was one of the first gay men to have a publicly ... Read More »

NEW BIOGRAPHY OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH BY JOAN SCHENKAR (“THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH”) … TRAINS AND SHIPS WERE A MAJOR FACTOR IN HIGHSMITH’S GREAT SUSPENSE NOVELS

“Miss Highsmith is a crime novelist whose books one can reread many times. There are wery few of whom one can say that. She is a writer who has created a world of her own – a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger…” (Graham Greene, ‘Introduction’ to THE SNAIL-WATCHER, 1970). CRUISING ... Read More »

“VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED” SUNDAY (DEC 13th) 70 YEAR REUNION – WHEN THE MS ST LOUIS WAS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE USA BY FDR

“VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED” 70 YEAR REUNION IN MIAMI THIS SUNDAY (DEC 13) – WHEN THE MS ST LOUIS WAS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE USA CARRYING OVER 700 GERMAN-JEWISH REFUGES BY FDR AND HIS DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION.  THE MS ST LOUIS IS SEEN ABOVE UNABLE TO DOCK IN HAVANA, CUBA. Telegram appealing unsuccessfully to FDR to help. Postcard view of the ... Read More »

RMS QUEEN MARY – GREAT VIDEO PREVIEW

VIDEO PREVIEW OF THE GREAT LINER SERIES Producer/writer Des Cox has searched the world for over ten years to find the rare archive film necessary to make this most brilliant production. Read More »

SS HOMERIC IN THE 1960s.

GREAT VIDEO OF THE SS HOMERIC IN 1960s Home Lines S.S. Homeric at her New York pier on February 15, 1969 just before sailing to Nassau. Another former Matson liner, built in 1931 as Mariposa for the U.S. West Coast – Pacific service. SS HOMERIC IN THE 1960s. Cruising the Past: History of Home Line’s SS HOMERIC: Originally the SS ... Read More »

S.S. GREAT NORTHERN – When the San Francisco to Portland by steamship was faster than the train…

Cruising the Past: When going by steamship between San Francisco and Portland was faster than the train. Aboard the SS Great Northern. The Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company was formed by James Hill on September 30, 1914. The line was to compliment the passenger train service on the Astoria Line and compete with the Southern Pacific trains to San Francisco. ... Read More »

ss LURLINE – Matson Line’s Flagship – “The Lurline is Hawaii”!

YOUTUBE – View of Matson Line’s SS LURLINE – A home movie of the SS Lurline on Boat Day in Honolulu. Taken in the early 1960s, this scene was a regular occurrence in Honolulu during the golden era of steamship travel (1927-1978). Each week, Matson’s grand white passenger ships arrived from California or the South Seas, and later continued on ... Read More »

A LONG LIST OF RETIRED CRUISE SHIPS

Cruising the Past and Cruise History – A Long List of Retired Cruise Ships – from 1979 to 2007 For all you cruise ship addicts here is a listing of retired liners. Its extensive, showing you that many of the ships you enjoyed in the past. Many of these are gone, laid up or scrapped. Ships many of you will ... Read More »

COME TRAVEL ABOARD CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH IN 1947

Cruising The Past and Cruise History aboard the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH: Enjoy 8MM travel footage from the fabulous website shipgeek.com as viewed on YOUTUBE. Deck scenes aboard CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH in 1947, accompanied by Ray Noble and his Orchestra! Home movies of another era. When “Getting There Was Half The Fun!” Click on the following to see YOUTUBE ... Read More »

Great Hotels and Dining Rooms – The Pump Room in Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel

The Pump Room – 1950s… Cruising The Past – Social and Travel History – THE PUMP ROOM – History of The Pump Room and Ambassador East Hotel Chicago. The Pump Room – 1960s… When Ernie Byfield opened The Pump Room in The Ambassador East Hotel on October 1, 1938, he undoubtedly had little idea that he was beginning an enterprise ... Read More »

THE GRACE LINE HISTORY

Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands to the United States, where this fertilizer was in considerable demand. In 1865, leaving Michael in ... Read More »