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“CATCHER IN THE RYE” AUTHOR J. D. SALINGER, DEAD AT 91, SERVED AS CRUISE DIRECTOR ABOARD SWEDISH AMERICA LINE’S MS KUNGSHOLM.

MS KUNGSHOLM on Carribean Cruise – by 1941, with the war in Europe, most liners were not crossing the Atlantic. For the following informain we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his excellent website on the Swedish American Line – click here to visit. “The young man—his name was Ray Kinsella, and he was a member of the ship’s Junior ... Read More »

January 2010 – Website Of The Month – THE WARD LINE

January 2010 – Cruising The Past Website Of The Month – THE WARD LINE We applaud Michael Andelson’s THE WARD LINE terrific website! The Ward Line is best remembered for the ill-fated Morro Castle of 1930. Andelson’s site not only explores the Morro Castle disaster but gives you a unique history of The Ward Line. Footage from the fire of ... Read More »

SAILING ABOARD THE RMS ORCADES -1960S VIDEO

Video of 1950s sailing aboard RMS ORCADES – Tourist class pool area. The RMS Orcades (later SS Orcades) was built by Vickers Armstrong Ltd in Barrow-in-Furness as Yard Number 950. She was launched on the 14th October 1947 and completed on the 14th November 1948. Orcades replaced her predecessor, Orcades II, which had sunk during the war when she was ... Read More »

SS CATALINA – THE GREAT WHITE STEAMER – EARLY VIDEO

This video is from a super 8 home movie collection. It was filmed around 1972. The Great White Steamer sailed to Catalina Island during the summer. This is one of its last trips before being discontinued. The S.S. Catalina, also known as The Great White Steamer, was a 301-foot steamship built in 1924 that provided passenger service on the 26-mile ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC SINKS – FRONT PAGE STORY FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES AND VIDEO

CRUISE/LINER HISTORY – RMS TITANIC SINKS – FRONT PAGE STORY FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES AND VIDEO This video contains photos of the RMS Titanic, and two short (original) films – including scenss from the recent James Cameron film: TITANIC. Cover of the New York Times. Read More »

The 747 is 40 Years Old Today. Cruising the Past celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the first commercial flight of a Boeing 747 aircraft. It was flown by Pan Am between New York and London.

Airline History: The 747 is 40 Years Old Today.  The flight was scheduled for Jan 21, 1970 but departed late on Jan 22.  Cruising the Past celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the first commercial flight of a Boeing 747 aircraft.  It was flown by Pan Am between New York and London. A PAN AM 747 TV commercial. (Left: Pan Am ... Read More »

THE CHILEAN LINE – NEW YORK TO CHILE via THE PANAMA CANAL – PERU AND ECUADOR

CRUISE HISTORY AND STEAMSHIP HISTORY – THE CHILEAN LINE – NEW YORK TO CHILE via THE PANAMA CANAL – PERU AND ECUADOR Steamship History and Cruise History – South American Steamship Company (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores – CSAV) – Their passenger service did not survive after World War 2.  This is the cover of a folder advertising their first ... Read More »

Newsreel footage of Holland-America Line’s TSS Rotterdam 1915 and SS Nieuw Amsterdam 1938

Cruising the Past: Newsreel footage of Holland-America Line’s TSS Rotterdam 1915 (seen above) and SS Nieuw Amsterdam 1938. These are great scenes of Holland-America Liner’s TSS ROTTERDAM and the SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM. The ROTTERDAM IV – 1908 – 1940.  –  Built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, the ROTTERDAM IV featured service for 530 First, 555 Second and 2,124 Third Class ... Read More »

CARIBBEAN CRUISE – 1929 ABOARD SWEDISH AMERICA LINE’S MS KUNGSHOLM – THE STEAMSHIP ART DECO MASTERPIECE – WONDERFUL FAMILY HOME MOVIES

CARIBBEAN CRUISE – 1929 ABOARD SWEDISH AMERICA LINE’S MS KUNGSHOLM – A SHIP WHERE J. D. SALINGER WAS CRUISE DIRECTOR –  THE STEAMSHIP ART DECO MASTERPIECE – WONDERFUL FAMILY HOME MOVIES FROM PROMINENT SWEDISH FAMILY For the following information we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his excellent website on the Swedish American Line – click here to visit. The ... Read More »

The Cafe de Paris

Cruising the Past:  Historical look at London’s famous Café de Paris. The Cafe is a London nightclub, opened in 1924, which over the years has featured such performers as Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Gold, Harry Roy, Ken Snakehips Johnson, Bert Ambrose, and Maxine Cooper Gomberg. Louise Brooks made history when she worked there in December 1924, introducing the Charleston (dance) to ... Read More »

Rare candid moment of Greta Garbo’s departure from Sweden in 1929 aboard the Swedish American Line’s MS GRIPSHOLM.

Rare candid moment of Greta Garbo’s departure from Sweden in 1929 aboard the Swedish American Line’s MS GRIPSHOLM. Greta Garbo made her first voyage to the USA on the Drottningholm in 1925. The video of her departure from Gothenburg in this clip, after a brief visit to Sweden. For the following information we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his ... Read More »

HAITI – A 1929 VIDEO GLIMPSE OF A FORMER PARADISE (HIT YESTERDAY BY A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE) ABOARD A CRUISE BY THEMS KUNGSHOLM IN 1929

HAITI – A 1929 VIDEO GLIMPSE OF A FORMER PARADISE (HIT YESTERDAY BY A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE) ABOARD A CRUISE BY THE MS KUNGSHOLM. 1929 CRUISE TO HAITI ABOARD THE MS KUNGSHOLM This is a very interesting and detailed video of Haiti during a 1929 cruise – before dictatorships, exploitation, corruption and now a devastating tragic earthquake. For the following information ... Read More »

SS UNTIED STATES – New York wants the great ship to return. Great video of sailing on a cruise to the West Indies during 1964.

Proposal to bring the SS UNITED STATES back to Manhattan. Cruise Ship History: More steamship history with a video cruise aboard the SS United States. In 1964, former SS United States purser Jim Green returned to the ship as a passenger for a West Indies cruise along with his beloved wife Frieda. Here, set to the music of the ship’s ... Read More »

FIFTY YEARS AGO – THE SLOGAN WAS NEXT TIME TAKE THE TRAIN – YOU WOULD TRAVEL PULLMAN FOR COMFORT AND SAFETY – TODAY AMTRAK IS AN INSULT TO THE HISTORY OF USA PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE

Amtrak Passengers Stuck On ‘Train From Hell’ For Almost 24 Hours on the CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR. Amtrak being allowed to ues the name CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR is an insult to one of the great streamliners in American history (pictured to the left). The slogan for the Pullman Company was “next time take the train.”  You would be able to travel in Pullman ... Read More »

HOLLAND-AMERICA LINE PROMOTIONAL FILM – EARLY 1960s – PART 2

Ships and The Sea: HOLLAND-AMERICA LINE PROMOTIONAL FILM – EARLY 1960s – SAIL ON A HAPPY SHIP – Part 2 YOU TUBE VIDEO – CRUISING THE PAST – Part Two of a Holland-America Line promotional film for Trans-Atlantic service aboard their new flagship TSS ROTTERDAM. The narration is in Dutch. Great views of the wonderful Rotterdam, life at sea and ... Read More »

HOLLAND-AMERICA LINE PROMOTIONAL FILM – EARLY 1960s – PART 1

Ships and The Sea: HOLLAND-AMERICA LINE PROMOTIONAL FILM – EARLY 1960s – SAIL ON A HAPPY SHIP – Part 1 YOU TUBE VIDEO – CRUISING THE PAST – Part One of a Holland-America Line promotional film for Trans-Atlantic service aboard their new flagship TSS ROTTERDAM. The narration is in Dutch. Great views of the wonderful Rotterdam. SS ROTTERDAM ARRIVING NEW ... Read More »

A link to the elegance of the past: 2010 Choice for one of the Best Small Hotel in Paris: the Renaissance Vendome

A link to the elegance of the past – our 2010 choice and review for one of the best boutique hotels in Paris – the Renaissance Vendome Hotel. Video of Paris – during the 1920s. One can never capture the feeling of cruising the past in most hotels today.  That chic traveling public is gone.  Clients arriving from a trans-Atlantic ... Read More »

From the Telegram to iBahn

Above – a view from the past.  Telegrams, Telegraphs and Radiograms.  This is how you use to communicate from Europe.   Instead of excellent services like the Western Union Telegram you have no choice but to use a company called IBAHN when in Europe.  IBAHN has to be one of the great rip-offs of the 21st Century.  And its headquarters ... Read More »