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RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL… Showplace of the Nation…

New York Social History: Radio City Music Hall – Showplace of the Nation – Over 700 movies opened here from King Kong to the Sound of Music. Click on above to hear Broadway show tunes on the greatest theatre organ in the world.  Playing songs from Gypsy, Mary Poppins and South Pacific. You Tube video of the Music Hall’s “Mighty ... Read More »

New Twists On A Titanic Style Meal…

Cruise and Liner History: New Twists On A Titanic Style Meal and the Titanic movie that never was… From youtube: TITANIC: the sequel – The movie that was never made… New Twists On A Titanic Style Meal Thanks to Lisa Mogensen at Forbes… (Left: China from the RMS Titanic) The RMS Titanic. The name evokes a bygone era of luxury, ... Read More »

THE SS CONSTITUTION, GRACE KELLY AND I LOVE LUCY…

1955: Officers and crew assemble aboard the SS Constitution docked in Manhattan. The SS Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951. She sailed on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence.  The ships were two of the world’s most famous, popular, ... Read More »

Down Memory Lane: The Liners…

Down Memory Lane: The Liners… Wonderful VIDEO of the Trans-Atlantic liners…  The Liners in New York July 1963 (from top to bottom): SS Brasil – Moore McCormack Line; SS Hanseatic – Hamburg-Atlantik Line; RMS Queen Mary – Cunard-White Star Line; SS France – French Line; SS Olympia – Greek Line; SS Atlantic – American Export Line; SS Leonardo DaVinci – Italian ... Read More »

THE TSMS LAKONIA…

Fire at sea… the last moments for the TSMS LAKONIA. The passenger ship TSMS Lakonia, sailed by Greek Line, was sailing on a Christmas cruise on December 22, 1963 around 11 pm while the ship was about 180 miles north of Madeira when fire broke out. There were 646 passengers and 376 crewmen on board: a total of 1,022 people. ... Read More »

RMS TIANIC, WRECK OF THE TITAN AND THE LIFEBOATS…

(Left: In 1898 Morgan Robertson wrote Futility, a novella that tells the rise and the fall of the Titan, the greatest man-made boat of all time.)  “She was the largest craft afloat, the greatest of the works of man.” A “floating city,” she carried only as many lifeboats “as would satisfy the law.” Unfortunately, she hit an iceberg, “the only thing ... Read More »

ABC’s NEW TITANIC MINISERIES SANK WITH BAD REVIEWS AND THE WORST RATINGS. What, you didn’t even know it was on? It was!

The four-hour telecast from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes launched last Saturday night to a rating that about tied rivals airing crime drama repeats. Titanic had 4.1 million viewers and a 0.8 rating on Saturday, and slightly more (4.2 million, 0.9) for its final hour on Sunday. Reviews were pretty bad, with some criticizing the show for over-stuffing with too ... Read More »

THE FORGOTTEN “TITANIC”! The RMS Empress of Ireland sinking resulted in the deaths of more passengers than the RMS Titanic disaster.

THE FORGOTTEN “TITANIC”! The RMS Empress of Ireland sinking resulted in the deaths of more passengers than the RMS Titanic disaster. Why has the RMS Empress of Ireland tragedy been forgotten? The sinking of the RMS Empress Of Ireland hit Canada hard and was the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history. Occurring just two years after the RMS Titanic disaster, ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC HIT ICEBERG 100 YEARS AGO TODAY: EARLY THIS MORNING THE MS BALMORAL TITANIC MEMORIAL CRUISE PASSENGERS HELD A SERVICE OF PRAYERS AND SILENCE AT THE SPOT WHERE THE RMS TITANIC SANK…

RMS TITANIC HIT ICEBERG 100 YEARS AGO TODAY: EARLY THIS MORNING THE MS BALMORAL TITANIC MEMORIAL CRUISE PASSENGERS HELD A SERVICE OF PRAYERS AND SILENCE AT THE SPOT WHERE THE RMS TITANIC SANK… Last footage of the RMS Titanic… Cruise and Social History: Early this morning the MS BALMORAL memorial cruise passengers held a service of prayers and silence at ... Read More »

THE MS BALMORAL “TITANIC MEMORIAL VOYAGE” BECOMES THE MOST FAMOUS CRUISE IN RECENT CRUISE HISTORY…

THE MS BALMORAL “TITANIC MEMORIAL VOYAGE” BECOMES THE MOST FAMOUS CRUISE IN RECENT CRUISE HISTORY… Youtube Video on the MS Balmoral Titanic Memorial Cruise… From the BBC – Chris Buckler After the rush of excitement that marked the beginning of this journey into the Atlantic, there is a growing sense of calm. Even the rough seas that could have delayed ... Read More »

Review: ABC-TV “TITANIC” MINISERIES SINKS APRIL 14TH. It will make you seasick before you abandon ship and the TV series.

The RMS TITANIC sails to her rendezvous with death 100 years ago. ABC is debuting a four-part dramatic miniseries on April 14th about the sinking of the RMS Titanic written by Downton Abbey creator-writer Julian Fellowes. The series might be historically more accurate than James Cameron’s blockbuster movie, but it’s also an awful lot drearier. It’s extraordinary how dull television has made ... Read More »

ARE THE RMS TITANIC TOURISTS ABOARD THE MS BALMORAL AND OTHER MEMORIAL CRUISES GHOULISH AND FOOLISH?

CRUISE HISTORY: ARE THE RMS TITANIC TOURISTS ABOARD THE MS BALMORAL AND OTHER MEMORIAL CRUISES GHOULISH AND FOOLISH? Universal Pictures “Newsreel” of the RMS Titanic… Where has the tourist demand to re-live a painful historical ­moment come from? Reality shows? Good luck to the tourists on MS Balmoral to re-enact the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage. Passengers on the MS Balmoral ... Read More »

RMS Titanic memorial cruise aboard MS Balmoral delayed by wind on trip to wreck site.

RMS Titanic memorial cruise aboard MS Balmoral delayed by wind on trip to wreck site. MS Balmoral is carrying 1,309 passengers – the same number as the Titanic.  The ship is seen on a previous cruise in rough seas. (Left: Passengers aboard the memorial cruise) The memorial cruise retracing the route of the Titanic to mark 100 years since the ... Read More »

THE SS CATALINA SAILS AGAIN TO AVALON… 1920s to 1950s… Retro

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. THE BIG WHITE STEAMERS SAIL AGAIN SS Catalina arriving Avalon, Catalina Island from Wilmington (Los Angeles) in the 1920s.   Read More »