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SS Volendam… from Holland to New York…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

  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

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…

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…

“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…

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 »

THE RMS CARONIA… most famous of all cruise-ships…

The Last Word in Luxury Travel With her fabulous art-deco interiors and high crew to passenger ratio, the RMS Caronia very soon began to establish a highly enviable reputation as probably the most luxurious ocean liner afloat at that time. Elizabeth Taylor on Cunard’s RMS Caronia. Reports in all the leading periodicals pointed toward a ship that had set new ... Read More »

The Great Liners… wonderful moments…

Great Garbo sails away…  Cruise Ship History – The great ocean liners are now just memories on films. From Cunard Line to the French Line these great youTUBE videos from newsreel footage and home movies keep the memories alive!  Atlantic, Cruise History, cruise line history, uber, cruise ship history, cruise ships ,cruising the past, cunard line, french line, Holland America Line, Matson ... Read More »

The CITY OF DETROIT III…

A great steamer of a bygone era. In the era before jetliners and freeways, many Detroiters traveled in floating hotels, and for nearly forty years, the City of Detroit III whisked families away aboard the most opulent palace sailing the Great Lakes. The beginning of the 20th century, trips on smoke-belching steamships were commonplace, whether Detroiters boarded steamers to Belle ... Read More »

SS NORMANDIE on film…

A great film on the SS Normandie…  Atlantic, Cruise History, cruise line history, uber, cruise ship history, cruise ships ,cruising the past, cunard line, french line, Holland America Line, Matson Line, New York, ss normandie, Titanic,united states lines,videos normandie,world war 2, the love boat Read More »

Carnival Corp. Teams With Chinese Wealth Fund to Build Chinese Brand… Costa and Princess soon to be sailing from Shanghai

Carnival Corp. will launch a Chinese cruise brand with financing from a Chinese sovereign wealth fund, bringing the cruise giant’s portfolio to 11 global cruise brands. Up until the late 1940s, American ships sailed to China from San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Crystal Symphony sails the foggy Kanmon Strait to Kochi. Crystal could be next to serve the deluxe Chinese market. China ... Read More »