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FABULOUS FOX THEATRE – DETROIT – GOP DEBATE LOCATION…

The Detroit Fox was the first movie theater in the world to be constructed with built-in equipment for sound films. The Fox Film Corporation’s patented sound-on-film system “Movietone” enabled the theater to present sound films from the time of its opening. The lobby and entrance of the Fox Theatre Detroit – One of the Last Great Movie Palaces. Elvis Presley ... Read More »

THE CONCORDIA – Chilling photos of the doomed 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.

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…

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…

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…

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!

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

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…

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…

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

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 »

1952 Blizzard Snared the streamliner City of San Francisco… a Train in Its Frigid Grip

For three days, its 226 passengers and crew were cut off as rescuers struggled to dig them out. Help arrived just as hope began to dim. Great video on the train trapped by the blizzard… It was late Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 1952, and the Southern Pacific streamliner City of San Francisco was already 22 hours behind schedule. This was ... Read More »

Cruising There Is Half The Fun…

These fascinating images show the golden age of cruising where lavish balls, tug-of-war on the deck and working out in suits appeared to be the order of the day. Shuffleboard on board British India in the 1960s… The development of steam ships in the 19th century led to ever more luxurious vessels taking wealthy guests on glamorous breaks. From taking ... Read More »

1930s – The SS Europa crossing the pond…

The SS Europa (later the French Line SS Liberté) was one of a pair of fast ocean liners built in the late nineteen-twenties for the Norddeutsche Lloyd line (NDL) for the transatlantic passenger service. Her sister ship was the Bremen, and the two were very similar, though not identical. Come aboard the blue riband winning SS Europa for a transatlantic ... Read More »

PASSENGER LISTS – Judy Garland is on board the SS United States

Judy Garland is on the passenger list and its the Captain’s Dinner Night on the SS United States… And it is the one night that Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Sid Luff and his wife Judy Garland with a friend John Carlyle at right. 1956 1st Class Dining Room – SS UNITED STATES…  Cunard Line Passenger Lists Cruise History: Passenger ... Read More »