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It’s Oscar time and the Red Carpet Treatment started with the 20th Century Limited

New York Central, Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, Alfred Hitchcock, 20th Century Limited, Pullman, First Class, Travel History, Michael L. Grace, Red Carpet Treatment, Henry Dreyfuss, Trains, Streamliners

The all-Pullman extra fare train that ran nightly between New York and Chicago. Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. It was a “Magic Carpet” high speed overnight Pullman commute between New York and Chicago as pitched in this Time Magazine advertisement. The “Century” was an express ... Read More »

Princess Grace, Cary Grant and Lucille Ball on the S.S. Constitution

The S.S. Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines and had a very glamour career. She was commissioned in 1951, sailing on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence. The ships were two of the world’s most famous, popular, and innovative ocean liners, following World War 2. ... Read More »

Hotel Granduca – A 5 star hotel slips because of bad management!

The Granduca "Management!"

The best service at the Hotel Granduca is from the excellent Housekeeping Staff and the Valet Parking Services. Room Service waiters are excellent. Restaurant and bar are okay. As for the front desk… it’s a lottery… Then there’s the owner! Everytime you watch TV you are forced to watch Giorgio Borlenghi do his BORE-LENGHI spiel about this hotel before you can watch ... Read More »

Art Deco Masterpiece – The 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 »

Night-boats in the “Roaring Twenties”!


The SS Yale and SS Harvard became known as “white Flyers of the Pacific”! The sister ships each made four sailings a week, carrying 565 First Class passengers at an average speed of 23 knots between the two major California cities. The fast coastal ships provided an overnight cruise on the Pacific. They were a very popular way of traveling between ... Read More »

Sailing to Cuba in 1959 aboard the SS Homeric

ss homeric, home lines

In October 1959, Ruth and Harry Hotz boarded the SS Homeric in New York and sailed south on a seven-day voyage that would turn out to be one of the last cruises to the island until briefly in the late 1970s and then recently. SS Independence, SS Homeric, SS Constitution docked in New York.  Bob Hotz, their son, recalled his ... Read More »

David Bowie traveled by ship and train. No flying for this star!

David Bowie, Celebrity, Star, Cruise, Travel, Ships, Trains, Fear of Flying, RMS Canberra, SS France, QE 2, Italian Line, Cruising The Past, Michael L. Grace, Cruise History

British pop legend, David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci, P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay and Canberra along with many other ships.   So while other superstars would take the Concorde or ... Read More »

Home movies onboard the SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE

SS France, SS Liberte, French Line, Liners, Cruise Ships, Michael L Grace, Cruise History, Travel, Cruise

Sailing in the 1960s onboard the French Line’s SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE round-trip from New York to Europe. A fun home movie from sailing on the France and Liberte. With the loss of the Normandie in New York Harbour in 1942, the Ile de France became the only French Line largest Trans-Atlantic liner. The elegant German liner Europa, ... Read More »

“Give em Hell Harry” wins election on campaign train.

Faced with the likely loss of the 1948 presidential elections, President Harry S. Truman set out from Washington on September 17 on a twelve-day cross-country political barnstorming trip aboard the “Truman Special” from Washington Union Station. The barnstorming “Truman Special” makes a whistle-stop. At the last minute, wealthy Democrats had come through with last-minute contributions to make sure the “Truman Special” ... Read More »

Hitler’s Cruise Line

Kraft durch Freude,KDF, Hamburg-Amerika Line, Norddeutscher Lloyd and Hamburg-South America Line, Dresden, Der Deutsche, Oceana, Monte Olivia, KdF cruises, SS Robert Ley, ss Wilhelm Gustloff, maritime disasters

The Germans (Nazis) developed the VW, created the first cruise line and built the first ships designed exclusively for cruising. The first cruise line… The Germans operated the first steamship line with ships exclusively devoted to cruising. The Kdf – Kroft durch Freude (Strength through Joy) leisure organization, a part of the national German labor organization, was dedicated to instilling ... Read More »

Travel the Now: On board the Indian Pacific streamliner across Australia in 2017

Indian Pacific, train, australia, sydney, perth, adeliade, Mad Max, Stephen & Jess, vloggers, Flying The Nest, Great Southern Rail, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Queen of the Desert,The Ghan, streamliners, first class trains

Traverse the full distance between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from Sydney to Perth, in a 2,700-mile odyssey. One of the world’s great long-distance trains. The Indian Pacific rolls across this vast continent like a miniature city on wheels, illuminating the colorful, quirky history, cultures and countryside of Australia as it goes. Stephen & Jess document their trip on the ... Read More »

TSS Awatea – 1930s crossing between Australia and New Zealand.

The TSS Awatea was one of the most beautifully designed compact liners to be built in the mid-thirties and was, without doubt, the ultimate statement in luxurious service. The Awatea followed the Art Deco trend of the day. The interiors were distinguished by fluorescent lighting, aluminum motifs, and gentle pastels throughout the ship that created an understated elegance. She was ... Read More »