Monthly Archives: February 2010

A HISTORY OF SHIPBOARD EDUCATION – MV EXPLORER – 1910 TO 2010

Holland-America Line History – In 1926 the University World Cruise set out from the New York harbor (Hoboken) aboard the Holland America Line Ryndam for a seven month odyssey that visited 35 countries A History of Shipboard Education Click Here To Visit the SEMESTER AT SEA ORGANIZATION Nearly 100 years ago, the idea for a floating university that would travel ... Read More »

SS ATLANTIC – AMERICAN BANNER LINES – From a failed pioneering tourist liner to a celebrated university at sea.

Cruise History – Steamship History – SS ATLANTIC – AMERICAN BANNER LINES – From a failed pioneering tourist liner to a celebrated university at sea. American Banner Lines 1957-1958 Arnold Bernstein chartered in the summer of 1948 a passenger ship the CONTINENTAL (ex ANCON of 1902) for four round voyages from New York to Plymouth and Antwerp. In 1950-1951 Arnold ... Read More »

Airships: A Hindenburg and Zeppelin History Site is honored as Cruising the Past’s Website of the Month.

The Hindenburg at Lakehurst , New Jersey.  Nazi colors – months before its fatal crash. Airships: A Hindenburg and Zeppelin History Site is honored as Cruising the Past’s Website of the Month. The Hindenburg was the “Titanic” of the sky. Dan Grossman’s excellent website – www.airships.net – features the best historical look at this fascinating area of transpiration history and ... Read More »

FINNISH LAKE STEAMER SS TARJANNE

Cruise History – Steamship History: FINNISH LAKE STEAMER SS TARJANNE Great YOUTUBE video of the Lake steamer Tarjanne Lake steamer Tarjanne was launched in May 1908 and still today sails the same route through Näsijärvi lake to the town of Virrat. Tarjanne Näsijärvi has served passengers and freight. Today, the ship operates on alternate days between the Tampere Näsijärvi Muroleen ... Read More »

Is the former Cunard Line QE 2 up for sale again?

Is the former Cunard Line Queen Elizabeth II (known as the QE 2) up for sale again? The QE2.  Will she end up as a hotel or sent to India to be scrapped?  As Dubai goes broke – we look at more steamship history. When Cunard began operating the Queen Mary 2, the venerable Queen Elizabeth II (known as the ... Read More »

Brief History of the Passenger Ship and Cruise Industry

Cruising the Past – History of Passenger Ships – History of the Cruise Industry The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, Advertisement in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to ... Read More »

RMS QUEEN MARY AND THE BLUE RIBBON

Cunard Line History: RMS QUEEN MARY AND THE BLUE RIBBON RMS QUEEN MARY – Edges Up in Race For Blue Ribbon, POV plane Queen Mary sailing on ocean. We see inside the bridge, operating signal to engine room, officers at map table, tugboats pushing it into dock and MS ship’s commander. A glimpse of John D. Rockefeller Jr. as passenger. ... Read More »

Titanic History – TITANIC the movie vs. TITANIC the sinking.

TITANIC THE MOVIE vs RMS TITANIC THE SINKING. Titanic ( released – 1997) – Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane based a screenplay by director James Cameron, whose fictional love story is intertwined with a chronicle of the April 1912 Titanic sinking. CLICK HERE to check out this excellent website to view the comparisons between Ttitanic the ... Read More »

Holland-America Line History – SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM – THE MOST GRACIOUS OF ALL THE TRANSATLANTIC LINERS.

Holland-America Line History – SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM – THE MOST GRACIOUS OF ALL THE TRANSATLANTIC LINERS. Queen Wilhelmina launches the Nieuw Amsterdam in the late 1930s. Video includes newsreel footage of the pre-war liner. Along with a trans-Atlantic crossing from Holland to New York. Then shots of the ship during WW II. Newsreel of cruising after the war from a ... Read More »