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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 »

HISTORY OF THE CUNARD LINE – GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN!

Social History: History of The Cunard Line – Getting there is half the fun! Cunard Line was the only company to continue regular transatlantic ocean crossings by liners after the 1970s. The French Line, Italian Line, the United States Line had gone out of business. Swedish America Line, Holland America Line along with Home Lines continued but only operating cruise ... Read More »