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Titanic’s Chinese Survivors Resurface From Depths of History

More than a century after the Titanic sank in April 1912; few new stories surface from the wreck. When documentary filmmaker Arthur Jones and his team started work on “The Six” — their film about the ship’s six Chinese survivors — in 2012, they kept expecting to find that someone else had already told the story. When RMS Titanic sank ... Read More »

THE MS STELLA POLARIS – the “royal yacht” of cruising.

The STELLA POLARIS was considered one of the most elegant and exclusive devoted to cruising. The Dining Salon on the MS Stella Polaris The ship was considered one of the most elegant and exclusive devoted to cruising. She sailed to the Mediterranean, North Cape, Caribbean, and Around The World. She had no rivals. On the World Cruise, there was more than ... Read More »

THE DELTA LINE – CRUISING TO SOUTH AMERICA – MID-CENTURY

The Delta Line  was cruising to South America from New Orleans in the 1950s. The steamship company introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South American services in the post-war years of the 1940s. In keeping with the trade name of the company, “Delta Line”, the three vessels were given “Del” names DEL NORTE, DEL SUD and DEL MAR. The ... Read More »

5 STAR ADONIA CRUISE SHIP REVIEW – FIRST CRUISE TO CUBA FROM U.S. IN DECADES…

May 2016 Cruise To Cuba and Review of Carnival Cruise Line’s new 704-passenger Adonia Some history…  Before the 1959 Cuban revolution, cruise ships regularly traveled from the U.S. to Cuba, with elegant Caribbean excursions departing from New York and $42 overnight weekend jaunts leaving twice a week from Miami, said California-based cruise ship historian Michael L. Grace. New York cruises ... 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 »

COLIN FARRELL ABOARD AMERICA’S LAST GREAT OCEAN-LINER – THE SS UNITED STATES…

The SS United States is sending out what may be its final distress call.  Colin Farrell is seen aboard the famous ship.   Left) Colin Farrell heads down rusting First Class promenade of the SS UNITED STATES; (Right) The First Class promenade deck during the heyday of trans-Atlantic travel aboard the SS UNITED STATES… when deluxe passengers enjoyed early morning ... Read More »

THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD – Heiress Barbara Hutton crossing the pond aboard the RMS QUEEN MARY…

Decades before Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton became famous for being rich girls with sex tapes, no class and the height of 21st Century vulgarity – the original out of control Hollywood heiress-celebrity was Barbara Hutton. Hutton came from money on both sides of the family tree. Her maternal grandfather was Frank W. Woolworth, founder of the eponymous Woolworth’s chain ... Read More »

The famous liner RMS TITANIC will be a new tourist attraction in China…

A Chinese company is rebuilding a full-scale replica of the RMS Titanic, the legendary luxury Atlantic liner that sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage. A replica of the RMS TITANIC will be docked in the Qijiang River in Daying county, Sichuan province.   The replica, which will cost an estimated 1 billion yuan ($160 million), ... Read More »

First Class Air Travel, Then and Now…

The year was 1956. The setting: a berth on the old Pan Am Clipper, where famous film-star Marlene Dietrich was sound asleep. Her sometime, and rather unlikely, lover actor Yul Brynner happened to be on the same flight. As the plane glided through the sky from New York to Los Angeles, Brynner slipped across the aisle from his berth to ... 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 »

75th Anniversary of Los Angeles Union Station…

Kim Novak arrived aboard the Southern Pacific’s GOLDEN STATE from Chicago.  Alan Ladd and Virginia Leith travelled aboard the Santa Fe’s SUPER CHIEF from Chicago. From all-Pullman trains, deluxe service and 1950s glamour to Amtrak.  Now a memory of the great trains of LA Union Station and a past now gone with the wind.  Popular star Kim Novak steps off the ... Read More »

Cruising in the late 1960s… Color home movies aboard Home Line’s OCEANIC… “The largest ship built exclusively for cruising!”

The OCEANIC was one of the most successful cruise-ships of her time. Oceanic had one of the first Balcony/Terrace Suites. Cruise History: By the mid 1960s, when jets had killed off all but the stragglers on the North Atlantic, Home Lines introduced the OCEANIC. Once it was late enough for people to have forgotten the initial intention for the ship ... Read More »

Matson Line’s famed liner SS LURLINE in San Diego…

The SS Lurline was the third Matson vessel to hold that name and the last of four fast and luxurious ocean liners that Matson built for the Hawaii and Australasia runs from the West Coast of the United States. Lurline’s sister ships were the SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and SS Monterey. The SS Lurline docking at San Diego’s Broadway pier ... Read More »

S.S. UNITED STATES – The Last Great Race…

CRUISE AND SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LAST GREAT RACE: New York writer turns his attention to the S.S. United States… www.cruisingthepast.com thanks Susan Clark Porter and the Finger Lake Times for this wonderful piece on the famous liner.  THE LAST GREAT RACE by Susan Clark Porter (Finger Lake Times) : Larry Driscoll’s fascination with ships started as a 7-year-old, when he, ... Read More »

CRYSTAL CRUISES carries on the DELUXE PASSENGER TRADITIONS OF THE GREAT NYK LINE…

THE M/V HIKAWA MARU was operated by the NYK Line (now Crystal Cruises). She was the only Japanese passenger vessel to survive WW 2. In her 30 years of service, the HIKAWA MARU crossed the pacific 254 times, carrying around 25,000 passengers and a great volume of cargo. 5 Stars Rating: Crystal Cruises maintains the great glamor, first class standards and excitement of ... Read More »

REVIEW – The CELEBRITY ECLIPSE is a four star Las Vegas resort at sea headlined by a putting green…

REVIEW – The CELEBRITY ECLIPSE  is a four star Las Vegas resort at sea headlined by a putting green… Dining aboard the CELEBRITY ECLIPSE…  The ship is a Las Vegas resort at sea with a putting green…  Should you want an ocean-liner experience, look to Cunard, Holland-America Line or a smaller Celebrity ship.  But if you want an endless list ... Read More »

ABC’s NEW TITANIC MINISERIES SANK WITH BAD REVIEWS AND THE WORST RATINGS. What, you didn’t even know it was on? It was!

The four-hour telecast from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes launched last Saturday night to a rating that about tied rivals airing crime drama repeats. Titanic had 4.1 million viewers and a 0.8 rating on Saturday, and slightly more (4.2 million, 0.9) for its final hour on Sunday. Reviews were pretty bad, with some criticizing the show for over-stuffing with too ... Read More »

From the RMS TITANIC to the USA (Carnival Corp) owned COSTA CONCORDIA… nothing is unsinkable.

(Carnival Corps) Costa Concordia Survivors: Crew Fled In Life Jackets! “Cruise ships can be “death traps” IMO. I’m sure evacuation was confusing, 4000 panicked people trying to escape a sinking “tin can”? Wow. Evacuation­s need to be practiced repeatedly to be effective and it’s IMPOSSIBLE to do this on a cruise ship with “weekend warriors”…”These top-heavy lavish-tubs are unsafe even ... Read More »

THE FAMOUS REFUGE SHIP SS EXODUS WAS ORIGINALLY THE “HONEYMOON” NIGHT BOAT SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD

The SS EXODUS… former SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD… night boat of the “honeymoon fleet” CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: OLD BAY LINE – NIGHT BOAT PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS. The SS President Warfield was named after the Old Bay Line’s president.  Warfield’s niece was Bessie Wallis Warfield (June 19, 1896 – April 24, 1986), best known as Wallis Simpson and ... Read More »