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History of Cruise Fashion…

In the early days of cruising, people who went on ocean voyages filled their Louis Vuitton steamer trunks with finery. Ahoy there fellow shipsters! Here’s some delightful 16mm home movies in both black and white and color shot aboard a Caribbean cruise on the SS Haiti of the Colombian Line. When dining at the captain’s table, the women wore gowns, ... Read More »

CHASEN’S – the famous Hollywood restaurant lasted into the 1990s and no credit cards were honored. 

Chasen’s was a glamorous world – “Celebrity chefs” will never replace stylish hosts and personalities such as Dave Chasen or Vincent Sardi or Mike Romanoff. The “chefs” were in the kitchen. Not greeting you at the front door! Now the once famous eatery is a supermarket catering to the new rich and what Dave Chasen would call the déclassé. Ava ... Read More »

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – New York’s Showplace of the Nation…

Over 700 movies opened at the RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL from King Kong to the Sound of Music.   One of the greatest Art Deco structures ever built, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most well known landmarks of New York City. Showing a mixture of movies and shows for almost fifty years, the format was changed in 1979 ... Read More »

Does Madonna know that two cruise ships were named after (Evita) Eva Peron?

The Argentine liners were called the T.S.S. EVITA and the T.S.S. EVA PERON. The “Eva Peron” liner/cruise-ships…  They were similar in design to the T.S.S. JUAN PERON. (Our thanks to Timetable Images for these great photos: www.timetableimages.com). The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA.   Argentina was the only South American country to operate long distance intercontinental ... Read More »

Passage to INDIA…

British India Steam Navigation Company (“BI”) was formed in 1856 as the Calcutta and Burmah Steam Navigation Company. Great video that tells the BI story from the 1950s… The company had been formed out of Mackinnon, Mackenzie & Co, a trading partnership of the Scots William Mackinnon and Robert Mackenzie, to carry mail between Calcutta and Rangoon. It became British ... Read More »

Immigrants to America on the SS IMPERATOR

Millions of Americans have made the United States the most multicultural nation in the world. From the time Ellis Island opened in upper New York harbor near the Statue of Liberty in 1892 to the time it closed in 1954, it served as the portal for the vast majority of new immigrants. They arrived aboard German, British, Italian, French, Polish ... Read More »

Furness Bermuda Line…

The “Millionaires” ships from New York to Bermuda… Entering Service in February 1933 the RMS Queen of Bermuda was one of two ships nicknamed “the Honeymoon Ships” and “the Millionaires Ships”… Her sister being the slightly older RMS Monarch of Bermuda. They were ordered by Furness Bermuda Line for a weekly service out of New York to Bermuda, and became ... Read More »

From the SS FRANCE to the SS NORWAY…

Celebrity retro cruising aboard the legendary cruise/liner SS FRANCE from the 1960s to the 1970s. Glamor and elegance. No tank-tops please. From Cary Grant, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Liz Taylor to Tennessee Williams. Many attempts were made to save the France by transforming it into a hotel or a casino… but would this actually have “saved” it? Andy Warhol and ... Read More »

History of Princess Cruises – 50th Anniversary of “The Love Boat” Cruise Line

The SS Princess Patricia was the first “Love Boat”! For those not old enough to recall the ABC-TV series, “The Love Boat” debuted in 1977 and lasted until 1986. The series showcased cruising to the mass market. It is safe to say that ‘The Love Boat” single handedly introduced the concept of vacation cruising to the masses and was responsible ... Read More »

Le Cirque aboard Holland-America Line…

Holland America Line added the famous Le Cirque restaurant as “An Evening at Le Cirque” featured in the Pinnacle Grill aboard its fleet of 15 ships. Additional enhancements to the program include screenings of the HBO documentary “Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven” on in-stateroom television, as well as the opportunity to purchase a Le Cirque crème brûlée dish and Le Cirque ... Read More »

The Old Bay Line…

The last American overnight boats, from Baltimore (and Washington DC) to Norfolk, ended service in 1963… A wonderful historical video on the OLD BAY LINE… American history at its best… The famous refuge ship SS EXODUS was originally the “Honeymoon” Night Boat SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD… The President Warfield was named after the Old Bay Line’s president. Warfield’s niece “Mrs Simpson”… Bessie ... Read More »

THE LEGENDARY SS NORMANDIE…

The extraordinary French ocean liner began her maiden voyage from Le Havre to New York on May 29, 1935. Acknowledged as the center of High Society on the North Atlantic, the Normandie was the grandest, most luxurious and artistic ocean liner ever built. A video history of the Legendary French Luxury Liner SS Normandie in service from 1935 to 1939. ... Read More »

DINNER IN THE DINER…

In 1968, George M. Pullman, who had won fame as a builder of sleeping cars, introduced the first dining car… The hotel style car was equipped with a kitchen—the first passenger car designed exclusively for cooking and serving meals. The dome dining car on the CITY OF LOS ANGELES during the 1950s… Aboard the Santa Fe in the 1960s… This ... Read More »

United States Lines SS AMERICA – Didn’t sail in Sept 1963 – because of a strike caused by Harry Bridges…

Maritime unions helped kill the American passengers ship. The SS America leaves 100s of passengers stranded in 1963. The Maritime Unions – corrupt leaders, under gangster control, along with the JET, helped kill American passengers ships.  Maritime strikes were endless throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The workers demanded more wages, shorter hours and guess what? All American passengers ships ... Read More »

Cruise Ship Review: the Europa 2…

The ms Europa 2 is the newest ship in the Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet—having entered service in May 2013. The all-suite, all-balcony luxury ship holds a maximum of 516 passengers and 370 very dedicated bilingual crew-members. When it entered service, the ship had the highest space per passenger ratio of all any ship sailing. As the Europa 2 makes its ... Read More »

1930s… Sailing to France from New York for $159 – First Class

French Line Cabin sailings in 1933 aboard what they called their “Cabin Service”. The Champlain, Lafayette, De Grasse and Rochambeau offered sailings (6 to 7 days at sea) from New York to France on a regular service. Cabin, Tourist (aboard the Champlain and Lafayette) and Third Class. Express service (5 days at sea) was being offered by the Paris and ... Read More »

The SS Monterey sailing to the South Seas in the 1930s…

The SS Monterey was a luxury ocean liner launched on 10 October 1931. She was the third of the four ships of the Matson Lines “White Fleet”, which were designed by William Francis Gibbs and also included SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and SS Lurline. Monterey was identical to Mariposa and very similar to Lurline. During World War II Monterey was used as atroopship ... Read More »

Happy New Year aboard the last great American Flag Liner…

The “SS United States” was THE liner to be on, and be seen on…luminaries from world leaders to Hollywood royalty (Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, to name a few) were regular passengers on her runs between New York harbor and Europe. That ended in the late 1960s… When the Unions destroyed American flag shipping and USA passenger service. The S.S. ... Read More »

Sailing First Class to Italy…

Three young American boys sail first class to Italy aboard the Italian Line’s SS Leonardo da Vinci in the late 1960s…  They are sailing from New York to Italy and will be spending the summer visiting their grand-parents… This kind of cruising or enjoying a liner voyage from port to port will never exist again. You will never meet people ... Read More »

Happy Christmas – Cunard Line

A wonderful look back at a Cunard Line Christmas in 1928… Staff magazine of the Cunard Steamship Company, Christmas 1928 The Cunard Line has a long and fascinating history. It was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain and North America. The service ... Read More »