Monthly Archives: April 2012

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 »

SOCIAL HISTORY: SID GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD

SOCIAL HISTORY: After his success with the Egyptian Theatre, Sid Grauman turned to Charles E. Toberman to secure a long term lease on property at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. Toberman contracted the architectural firm of Meyer & Holler (who had also designed the Egyptian) to design a “palace type theatre” of Chinese design. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was financed by Grauman, who ... Read More »

13 days to go: APRIL 15TH COUNTDOWN TO RMS TITANIC 100th ANNIVERSARY: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

13 days to go: APRIL 15TH COUNTDOWN TO RMS TITANIC 100th ANNIVERSARY: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER… the best film about the RMS Titanic… A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Trailer 100 years ago this month, the illustrious RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage, sailed dangerously through heavy ice in the North Atlantic on her way to New york. Such was the ship’s ... Read More »