CRUISE BOAT HISTORY

Johnson Line’s luxury ships from Sweden to the USA West Coast in the 1960s.

For the European traveler during the early 1960s with more time than money, an unusual variation of the Atlantic crossing was sailing from USA west coast ports via the Panama Canal to Europe. The Johnson Line offered the finest services for 12 passengers from aboard its fleet of eight deluxe Swedish motor-ships offering sailings every two weeks from Los Angeles, San ... Read More »

“Catcher In The Rye” author J.D. Salinger served as a cruise director aboard the MS Kungsholm…

In 1941, the position of entertainment director for the Swedish America Line’s M.S, Kungsholm (built in 1928) was held by Salinger. He authored a number of short stories with the Kungsholm or a “liner” as the setting. Salinger was undoubtedly the Kungsholm’s most famous crew member.      First Class Smoking Room  Here is an excerpt from the short story in Mademoiselle ... Read More »

Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE…

 Greatest liner to ever “cross the pond” from Europe to America. Wonderful new color film of the elegant Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE… French Line steamship. Never before seen… August 28, 1939 – The last voyage aboard the SS Normandie. One of the great videos of the greatest liners of all time. The French Line trans-Atlantic liner. Color ... Read More »

Canadian 1930s Liners – The “Drunken Duchesses”

SS Duchess of York was one of the several sturdy Canadian Pacific liners which were known as “Drunken Duchesses” for their lively performance in heavy seas. She was built as a sister ship to the SS Duchess of Bedford, the SS Duchess of Atholl, and the SS Duchess of Richmond. The vessel was created for transatlantic service; and she was ... Read More »

4th of July – Beginning of the 20th Century… the SS TASHMOO

Great Lakes steamers on Independence Day…  4th of July – 1901 – Detroit, Michigan – Excursion steamers Tashmoo and Idlewild at wharves… The Tashmoo was the first ship constructed in 1900 and was launched on December 31, 1899. It was built by the Detroit Shipbuilding Company in Wyandotte, Michigan for Detroit’s White Star Line. The Tashmoo was nicknamed the “White ... Read More »

SS CATALINA and SS AVALON sailed 26 miles across the sea from Los Angeles to Catalina Island…

They were called the Big White Steamers. SS Catalina and SS Avalon docked in Avalon, after completing the 2-hour voyage from Los Angeles (San Pedro), during the late 1940s.  These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for World War 2 – between Los Angeles and Catalina Island. The SS ... Read More »

AROUND THE WORLD CRUISE for $854 First Class… American flag ships before the “Costa Concordia” at sea nightmare…

In the 1950s… an APL ships sails from San Francisco for an Around The World Cruise…  First Class lounges during the 1930s…  In the 1930s… a thrilling, luxurious trip Around the World was available on a regular basis aboard the Dollar Steamship Lines.  In 1935, these great liners were sailing every week of the year from New York, Los Angeles ... Read More »

The luxurious T.S.S. AWATEA was the “only way to cross” from Australia to New Zealand during the 1930s…

The beautiful AWATEA, like so many great ocean liners, was lost during World War 2. The T.S.S. AWATEA… Cruise History: Far away from the Trans-Atlantic services – “Down Under” – Union Steam Ship Company operated a fleet of excellent passenger ships between Australia and New Zealand until 1960. The Awatea was the ultimate statement in luxurious service and was the ... Read More »

History of the Holland America Line…

Liner History would not be complete, without studying the venerable Holland America Line. One of the last lines to offer Trans-Atlantic crossings on a regular basis before the Jet took the fun out of crossing the pond.  With a 135-year maritime history, Holland America Line is one of the oldest names in cruising but remains dedicated to offering guests ‘once ... Read More »

THE PRIVATE RAILWAY CAR… ultimate experience in deluxe travel.

Chartering Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Private Railway Car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet. The Chapel Hill was originally built in 1922 for Post Cereals Heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and stock broker and investment banker E.F. Hutton. Chartering Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Private Railway Car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet. See for yourself ... Read More »