Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

THE CONCORDIA – Chilling photos of the doomed ship

Very eerie look at the ship...

On board a ghost ship: Inside the eerie wreckage of the Costa Concordia four years after the luxury cruise liner sank killing 32 people Four years ago, the luxury cruise liner Costa Concordia hit a rock and sank while passing the island of Giglio Now a photographer who swam out to its remains has captured the ship’s interior as it ... Read More »

Les Paquebots: Tahitien and Caledonien – Sailing from France, via the Panama Canal, to Cambodia and Vietnam.

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The Messageries Maritimes ships, the Calédonien and the Tahitian (later reborn as the cruise ship Atalante), sailed for two decades (1952 to 1972) on regular round trips lasting almost four months between Marseilles and Sydney. The two ships were beautifully designed passenger-cargo liners. These handsome ships carried cargo, passengers, and military personnel to French outposts in the Caribbean and the ... Read More »

RMS Lancastria: Worst maritime disaster in British history hushed up for 75 years…

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Sinking of the RMS Lancastria is the worst maritime disaster in British history – 75 year cover-up She was sunk on 17 June 1940 during World War II with at least 4,000 fatalities, and possibly a great many more. It is the worst maritime disaster in British history, with the loss of some 4,000 men, women and children. Yet for ... Read More »

$42 Carnival Cruise from Miami to Havana…

SS Florida sailing away from Miami to Havana, Cuba... 1950s...

In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida. This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals. Sailing to Cuba aboard the S.S. Florida. Up until now, due to the US embargo, no cruise ships visit Cuba from the States, and any ... Read More »

Tragic sinking of the RMS Lusitania… May 7, 1915… 1,119 Dead…

Boat Deck on RMS Lusitania...

One thousand one hundred nineteen of the 1,924 aboard died. The dead included 114 Americans. Most passengers never had a chance. Within 18 minutes the giant ship slipped beneath the sea. The Lusitania made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York in September 1907. Construction had begun in 1903 with the goal of building the fastest liner afloat. Her engines ... Read More »

Cunard Line – Getting there is half the fun!

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Cunard Line was the only company to continue regular transatlantic ocean crossings by liners after the 1970s. The French Line, Italian Line, the United States Line had gone out of business. Swedish America Line, Holland America Line along with Home Lines continued but only operating cruise ships. Liner service between New York and Europe was only offered by Cunard. Great ... Read More »

History of Ellis Island

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Immigrants to America… ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY – IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA The great steamship companies like White Star, Red Star, Cunard and Hamburg-America played a significant role in the history of Ellis Island and immigration in general. The German liner Imperator carried many immigrants in steerage. While most immigrants entered the United States through New York Harbor (the most popular destination ... Read More »

Maritime News: THE MAJESTIC PRINCESS is the first cruise ship designed for Chinese Guests…

Princess Cruises debuts new livery design on Majestic Princess.

A NEW generation of Princess Cruises’ ships is being built to debut in China in summer 2017. Majestic Princess is the newest addition to the fleet and is a sister to Royal and Regal Princesses. The new ship will be based in China year-round and become the first vessel tailored specifically for Chinese guests incorporating a unique blend of international ... Read More »

TITANIC 2, fully-functioning replica of the “unsinkable” ship, will set sail again…

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A replica of the world’s most famous “unsinkable” ship – which struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, killing 1,503 people – is under construction with a maiden voyage planned for 2018. Australian tycoon and politician Clive Palmer — not J. Bruce Ismay — is at the helm of the ambitious project to faithfully ... Read More »

Crystal Cruises NEW CRUISE-SHIP SS UNITED STATES

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Crystal Cruises plans to resurrect what was once America’s largest, speediest, and most glamorous passenger ship. It wasn’t that long ago that we made the bold claim that “Crystal Cruises may change cruising as we know it”—and it looks like the luxury cruise line isn’t slacking. On the heels of an announcement that it plans to pivot the brand from ... Read More »