Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

SS Volendam… from Holland to New York…

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SS Volendam was an ocean liner operated by Holland America Line. She operated on transatlantic routes between Europe and the USA, sailing the Rotterdam – New York and Rotterdam – Halifax (Nova Scotia) service. Her overall length was 575 feet (175 m) and her beam was 67.3 feet (20.5 m). She had two funnels and two masts. Four steam turbines-drove twin screws, ... Read More »

Cruise Ships firsts…

World's largest cruise ship: Allure of the Seas
Weighing 225,282 GT and measuring 1,187 feet (362m), Allure is to date the largest passenger ship ever built. In what seems a slightly petty display of one-upmanship, she is only 50mm (2in) longer than her sister ship, Oasis of the Seas.

Cruises as we know them today were created following the debut of the mega-hit TV series “The Love Boat”… But the tradition goes back more then a hundred years when passengers started booking travel on mail ships crossing the Atlantic. These mail ships evolved into the grand ocean liners whose names we still remember: Lusitania, Titanic, Queen Mary. Now the cruise lines ... Read More »

Hollywood on the high seas…

Debbie Reynolds on the Cunard Lines...

History of the Cunard Line… 175 years crossing the pond… Before the flights between New York and Europe were a mere formality, the only way to reach America was aboard a glamorous luxury liner. Dress-codes were enforced day and night – no shorts and tank tops. History of the Cunard Line… great video… Champagne was available at any hour. Hollywood ... Read More »

SS Catalina sails again… for the last time…

SS Avalon and SS Catalina in Avalon, Catalina. 1939

A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2.The SS CATALINA continued running into the mid-1970s. They provided daily service throughout the summer from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. The SS AVALON lies at the ... Read More »

PEARL HARBOR – December 7th 1941… Matson Line’s SS LURLINE…

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The SS Lurline made her destination safely, cruising at maximum speed, and soon returned to Hawaii with her Matson sisters SS Mariposa and SS Monterey in a convoy laden with troops and supplies. December 7, 1941, was a turning point in the history of the United States, which had been teetering on a decision between isolationism and intervention. It can ... Read More »

UNION CASTLE LINERS – from Southampton to South Africa…

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  It was one of the most important British liner routes of all – the express run from Southampton to the South African Cape. Carrying passengers as well as cargo, including the all-important mail, it was a byword in travel – ‘every Thursday at 4’, as one of the big Union castle liners set off for Cape Town and beyond. ... Read More »

Princess Cruises Reunites “The Love Boat” Cast to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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Los Angeles, California: It all began on this day 50 years ago with a cruise to Mexico on a single cruise ship, Princess Patricia. Today, Princess Cruises celebrated its 50th anniversary aboard Pacific Princess in the Port of Los Angeles with a special appearance by the original “Love Boat” cast before setting sail on a throwback cruise, recreating the very ... Read More »

PRINCESS CRUISES – Celebrates 50th Anniversary Today…

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From LA to Mexico – Princess Cruises celebrates 50th anniversary – PRINCESS CRUISES celebrates its 50th anniversary this week with a trip down memory lane for passengers. To cap a year of 50th anniversary activities, Princess Cruises, which celebrates the five decade mark in 2015, created a special Mexico itinerary sailing today, December 3, 2015. This is exactly 50 years to ... Read More »

Donations save the iconic S.S. United States from the scrapyard…

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“It would be like letting the State of Liberty be melted down”… the ship is now docked in Philadelphia… awaiting a new life or the scrapyards…    The S.S. United States sails away into history… On its final voyage…  • The SS United States was launched in 1952 after a secret Cold War project to build the world’s fastest ship ... Read More »

STEP AOARD THE SS UNITED STATES…

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People can only dream of stepping foot on the deck of historic ocean liner the S.S. United States until a Red Hook dock owner succeeds in bringing it to our hallowed shores. Until then, live vicariously through this thrilling tale from legendary New York community newswoman Roz Liston, who sailed the high seas aboard the storied ship in its heyday! ... Read More »