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2011 New Year firsts for Cunard Line: a float in the Rose Parade and their First Female Captain.

2011 New Year firsts for Cunard Line: a float in the Rose Parade and the first Female Captain.  2011 proves to be the year for the the great new Cunard liners: MS QUEEN MARY, MS QUEEN ELIZABETH AND MS QUEEN VICTORIA. For the first time, Cunard Lines has appointed Captain Inger Klein Olsen as its first female captain in the ... Read More »

Hitler’s Christmas party: Rare photographs capture leading Nazis celebrating in 1941

These rare pictures have only just come to light, show Hitler and his generals at a party for SS officer cadets in Munich. But the Nazi Christmas was far from traditional. High command: Adolf Hitler and other Nazi officials celebrate Christmas at the Lowenbraukeller restaurant in Munich on December 18, 1941 Hitler believed religion had no place in his 1,000-year ... Read More »

The Best Christmas Story – “Liberty Limited” rolls again for soldiers, sailors…

The Best Christmas Story – Special “Liberty Limited” Train to Army Navy Game – Wounded American Heroes Traveled Aboard Famous Private Railway Cars to the game… This is a YOUTUBE video of the hero’s train racing to Philadelphia. A little boy watches the train speed pass with total awe. The cars carrying the heroic soldiers aboard classic Pullman private and ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY – FASCINATING RETRO FILM ABOUT CRICKET AT LORD’S – Sir Ralph Richardson narrates…

SOCIAL HISTORY – FASCINATING FILM ABOUT CRICKET AT LORD’S – Sir Ralph Richardson narrates… from 1948… This fascinating film of England v Australia at Lord’s, narrated by John Arlott and Sir Ralph Richardson, introduces the viewer “to a very revered patch of English turf, plumb in line with the Pavilion” and guides us through the game. It features footage of ... Read More »

THE RITZ-CARLTON in BERLIN…

The Ritz-Carlton Berlin makes our list of top hotels – for the second time.   This terrific Berlin landmark joins our list of great world hotels.   From  grand and boutique to old or modern – hotels that all share an elegant, even sometimes hip, link to social history and the travel past. “Never say no when a client asks for something, ... Read More »

The Greatest RMS TITANIC Film – A NIGHT TO REMEMBER.

Here is the trailer of A NIGHT TO REMEMBER – the greatest RMS Titanic film made. A Night to Remember is a 1958 docudrama film adaptation of Walter Lord’s book of the same name, recounting the final night of the RMS Titanic. It was adapted by Eric Ambler, directed by Roy Ward Baker, and filmed in the United Kingdom. The ... Read More »

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

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 elegant and exclusive ... Read More »

The French Line’s fabulous ILE DE FRANCE

Another great YOUTUBE video from Joanna Coleman… of the ILE DE FRANCE… Here is a wonderful piece on the great French liner ILE DE FRANCE from New York Social Diary by maritime artist and historian: Scott McBee… The newly re-fitted SS Ile de France in 1949, having been restyle and sporting only two funnels, leaving Le Havre for its Atlantic ... Read More »

THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN LINERS – FROM CUNARD LINES TO THE US LINES…

TRAVEL, SOCIAL AND LINER HISTORY – THE GOLDEN AGE OF OCEAN LINERS – CONTINUING SERIES…  Here are a few great photos of famed liners from the past – from Cunard Lines to the United States Lines… A group of young women at the bar aboard the luxury liner SS MANHATTAN – US Lines, off of New York, 1933. Before the ... Read More »

VOGUE LIVING was assisted by the CRUISING THE PAST resourses and the website’s historical collection of steamship-liner-cruise memorbalia for the magazine’s Nov/Dec issue.

Cruising The Past assisted the editors of Australia’s VOGUE LIVING. The major publication drew upon our historical collection of steamship-liner-cruise memorabilia in connection with the magazine’s 14 page guide to cruising in November/December issue.  To read all about the popular chic down under fashion journal click here for VOGUE LIVING. Recalling the grand days of cruising and sailing above P&O ... Read More »

Cruise Ships History: Italian Line’s beautiful liner CONTE DI SAVIOA captured by New York based artist Scott McBee and link to his wonderful article on this great ship found on New York Social Diary.

Scott Houston McBee’s rendering of the Conte di Savoia. Principessa Mafalda with family and friends aboard the Conte Di Savoi. Princess Mafalda married the Prince of Hesse. In 1943 when Mussolini was overthrown, and the King led the country into the Allied camp, both the Princess and Prince were sent to a concentration camp where they died. Conte Di Savoi ... Read More »