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MS EUROPA is awarded highest distinction for the being the number one cruise ship in the world. THE MS EUROPA is FIVE STARS.

Cruising The Past awards FIVE STARS to MS EUROPA = the highest distinction for the being the number one cruise ship in the world. Elegance afloat – aboard the contemporary MS EUROPA… awarded five stars! Cruising The Past awards the MS EUROPA of the highest distinction for the being the number one cruise ship reflecting the glory of the great ... Read More »

CELEBRITIES SAIL AWAY aboard the great liners – DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, KATHERINE HEPBURN, CARY GRANT, GRACE KELLY, SPENCER TRACY, JOHN GILBERT, JOAN CRAWFORD, JAMES MASON

CELEBRITIES SAIL AWAY aboard the great liners – DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, KATHERINE HEPBURN, CARY GRANT, GRACE KELLY, SPENCER TRACY, JOHN GILBERT, JOAN CRAWFORD, JAMES MASON… Up until the 1960s, many celebrities, executives, tourists, etc., still sailed by passenger ship.  Here are publicity photos of arrivals and departures. Actress Joan Crawford Posing with Husband Alfred Steele and Children Returning ... Read More »

Titanic’s last hours a ‘nest of confusion’

A controversial new account of why ‘Titanic’ sank has been met with scepticism by experts, writes FIONOLA MEREDITH FROM THE moment it sank beneath the north Atlantic, on April 14th, 1912, Titanic has been the object of endless conspiracy theories. There have been claims that the ship sank because the iceberg wasn’t spotted in time, or because a fire was ... Read More »

SAILING FROM CALIFORNIA TO HAWAII ABOARD MATSON LINE’S S.S. LURLINE

YOUTUBE – SAILING FROM CALIFORNIA TO HAWAII ABOARD MATSON LINE’S S.S. LURLINE 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 ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: Pop culture crooner icon from the 1950s – Eddie Fisher is gone. Made famous by marriages and recording of WISH YOU WERE HERE.

SOCIAL HISTORY: Pop culture crooner icon from the 1950s – Eddie Fisher is gone – made famous by vocal from Broadway musical WISH YOU WERE HERE. Eddie Fisher sings WISH YOU WERE HERE in this youTube video. It covers his life, hits and career. The recording is the title song of the Broadway musical by the same name. Fisher’s rendering ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE CUNARD LINE

The great Cunard Liner – the RMS Queen Mary – the most famous of them all! HISTORY OF THE CUNARD LINE Cunard Line is the gold standard for transatlantic ocean liner cruising. Cunard’s current success rests upon a rich heritage of 170 years of building and operating ocean liners on transatlantic voyages. From its earliest days, the Cunard name has ... Read More »

Cruise Talk Show interviews Michael L. Grace.

Michael L. Grace started out as a writer on THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote the lead segment on this episode starring Anne Baxter – star of “Sunset Blvd.” The number one Cruise Talk Show spoke with Michael L. Grace recently.   The interview centered around his new book: ITS THE LOVE BOAT – How a TV Series changed the cruise industry. ... Read More »

P&O LINE’S SS HIMALAYA

Wonderful historical youTube video of P&O Line’s S.S. HIMALAYA. SS Himalaya was a passenger liner of 27,955 grt built for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company by Vickers Armstrong’s Barrow Yard and delivered to them in 1949. She was initially employed solely on the Company’s service from the UK to Australia but was latterly also employed on crusing duties ... Read More »

ALASKA CRUISE – 1950s – $9.00 a day – FIRST CLASS

1950s ALASKA CRUISE – $9.00 a day First Class… Retro August 1954 look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the Alaska Steamship Companyas she makes her final departure and ... Read More »

VIEWS OF THE SS NORWAY (former SS FRANCE) FROM CRUISING AUTHORITY

Barry Vaudrin’s wonderful video on the SS Norway (formerly the SS France). Barry operates a wonderful website: Cruising Authority. This is a great resource for the most relevant cruise information, and the most listened-to cruise-related talk show anywhere! Click here to visit CRUISING AUTHORITY. SS France… SS Norway… Read More »

WHEN CRUISE SHIPS WERE LINERS.

Social History and Cruise History:  Scenes from the 1930s and 1950s… when cruise ships were elegant liners.  Ships that made liner voyages trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, etc.  They would “cruise” in the off-season.  Feast on these photos of sophistication – of a bygone and forgotten era. First Class promenade deck aboard the Matson Line’s S.S. Monterey sailing from San Francisco to Sydney ... Read More »

Strates Shows, Inc. is the one and only railroad carnival in the United States.

Social History: Strates Shows, Inc. is the one and only railroad carnival in the United States. The Orlando, Florida based carnival company uses a 61-car train to transport the carnival equipment and employees to fairs, festivals and events throughout their seven-month season. In one season alone the train will visit 16 different locations and cover more than 6,500 miles. In ... Read More »

Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC.

Home Lines SS ATLANTIC… Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC. After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE. In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque with ... Read More »

Messageries Maritimes – Passenger liner arriving from Vietnam.

The French passenger liner SS La Marseillaise is seen arriving in Marseillaise from Vietnam during the 1950s.  She was the largest and most luxurious ship operated by  by the steamship company Messageries Maritimes. La Marseillaise operated between France and the Far East. The elegant vessel was launched in 1944 in the name of Marshal Petain (who was a French general ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE GRACE LINE

Social History and Cruise History – The Grace Line ad in Holiday Magazine 1956 – Cruising was much different in the 1950s.  Looking at the photos, in comparison to today’s ships, you could say it was much more civilized. Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a ... Read More »

THE MS STELLA POLARIS – the most famous cruise ship of all time.

Cruise History – THE LAST VOYAGE – THE MS STELLA POLARIS – the most famous cruise ship of all time. THE MS STELLA POLARIS: A great video of the last voyage of the most famous cruise ship of the thirties, the inter war years and probably even in the history of cruising. The ship was considered one of the most ... Read More »

THE LOVE BOAT …

THE LOVE BOAT – The hit TV series was a major cultural phenomenon from the 1970s into the 1980s.  The TV show altered the style of cruising by ship. Jeraldine Saunders, a former cruise director, was the woman who revived the cruise industry with her book — The Love Boats. “Love Boat” became a household phrase throughout the world after ... Read More »

The Era of the Gambling Ships & the Battle of Santa Monica Bay

The Era of the Gambling Ships & the Battle of Santa Monica Bay 1928 saw the appearance of the first of the gambling ships that floated off the Los Angeles County coastline. Although it was illegal to conduct a gambling operation in California, the state’s jurisdiction only extended three miles offshore. There was nothing in Federal law that forbid gambling, ... Read More »

HISTORY of the ITALIAN LINE

SOCIAL HISTORY and LINER HISTORY – THE ITALIAN LINE ITALIAN LINE HISTORY The Italian Line or Italia Line, also known as the Italia di Navigazione S.p.A., was a passenger shipping line that operated regular transatlantic service between Italy and the United States, as well as Italy and South America. During the late years ’60, the company was also heavily involved ... Read More »

CRUISE SHIPS IN THE MOVIES – THE GREAT FILM DODSWORTH AND THE FABULOUS LINER REX

CRUISE SHIPS IN THE MOVIES – THE GREAT FILM DODSWORTH AND THE FABULOUS LINER REX… Dodsworth features much social history and includes scenes aboard the wonderful Italian liner the REX.  Dodsworth is one of the great classic American films.   Our first story on ocean liners in the movies features the Italian Line’s fabulous liner – THE REX.  Dodsworth also used ... Read More »