Monthly Archives: September 2012

FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE)

FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES  AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE) Excellent Video: N.Y.K. Line passenger ship M.S. Chichibu Maru sets sail in 1935 for Shanghai, Hawaii and San Francisco.  The video is probably one of the few surviving films of NYK’s great passenger service.  The NYK Line seal proudly graces the bow of each Crystal Cruises ship. ... Read More »

New DOWNTON ABBEY – PBS 2013 – is disappointing.

New DOWNTON ABBEY is disappointing.  Shirley MacLaine wore jazz shoes and a frozen expression – Yankee ham acting at its worst.  Has Botox come to Downton?  American aging star flops in comparison to first class British performances. (Left: Dame Maggie Smith looks at Shirley MacLaine and wonders if she is a survivor off last year’s dreadful Titanic – Jullian Fellowes ... Read More »

DOWN TO THE SEA FOR CRUISING FUN IN THE EARLY 1950s…

For the traveler who couldn’t make a long ocean voyage during the early 1950s, there were still varied trips by water in the USA and Canada. Some were short one-day sails, while others took a week or more and led to some exciting adventures. Most were Canadian flag vessels. From Duluth, to Miami, from New Orleans to Newfoundland, mainly pre-World ... Read More »

RARE RMS TITANIC POSTER WILL BE FEATURED IN AUCTION. ESTIMATED TO SELL FOR $15,000 TO $20,000.

April, 1912. The White Star liner “Titanic” leaving Queenstown harbour before making her maiden voyage en route for the USA. New York’s Swann Gallaries will auction RARE & IMPORTANT TRAVEL POSTERS on November 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM.  This sale features many seldom-seen travel images from around the world, and a larger than usual selection of images that have not ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic Steamship Line and the S.S. Nuevo Dominicano

Following World War 2, many American run steamship companies used older pre-war ships for cruising. In 1952 there were not many ships around and the larger ones were used for year-round trans-Atlantic along with trans-Pacific. There were not jets and many people wouldn’t fly. In May 1948, the S.S. New Northland was sold to the Flota Mercante Dominicana, or Dominican Line, who ... Read More »