CRUISE SHIP REVIEWS

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

Screen shot 2016-03-02 at 1.02.50 PM

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 »

THE SUPER CHIEF – “THE TRAIN OF THE STARS”

THE SUPER CHIEF leaves Chicago...

The magic of the Super Chief – “the train of the stars” – is now just a memory. From the late 1930s to the 1950s, Hollywood adopted the Super Chief as the primary mode of travel as well as the subject of novels and motion pictures. In MGM’s The Hucksters, a brutal satire on the ad industry, Clark Gable says ... Read More »

50th Anniversary of Princess Cruises – “THE LOVE BOAT”

Fred Grandy (left) followed his tour of duty on “The Love Boat” by going into politics. He and cast members walk hand in hand, May 30, 1983, at the Great Wall near Beijing, China. From left to right: Grandy, Ted Lange, Jill Whalen, Gavin MacLeod, Lauren Tewes and Bernie Kopell. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing)

The SS Princess Patricia was the first “Love Boat”! For those not old enough to recall the ABC-TV series, “The Love Boat” debuted in 1977 and lasted until 1986. The series showcased cruising to the mass market. It is safe to say that ‘The Love Boat” single handedly introduced the concept of vacation cruising to the masses and was responsible ... Read More »

The new “Love Boat”… Regal Princess.

regal-princess

Regal Princess is unmistakably elegant, accomplishing something mainstream cruise ships occasionally struggle with: finding a balance between fun and refinement. The decor is comfortable, with warm tones and plenty of wood and marble. Regal Princes – Love Boat horn! The Piazza, a hallmark of the line, is truly grand; it’s large, encompasses three decks and has three bold spiral staircases. ... Read More »

75th Anniversary of Los Angeles Union Station…

laus

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 The Past: Vintage Photos of Luxury Liners

1926: Benefit all night ball held aboard the White Star Line’s MAJESTIC moored at Southampton. A 1000 guest were aboard the famous liner. Dancing on the decks. Although cruise ships have received some bad press in the past year, they still represent a luxurious vacation away from everyday life. And when trips on luxury ocean liners were first becoming popular ... Read More »

WALT DISNEY – PAST MEETS FUTURE IN THE NEW DISNEY FANTASY – 5-Star Cruise Ship Review

Walt Disney loved ships.  He sailed with his family aboard many ships.  Disney is seen with his wife and daughters arriving in Honolulu aboard the Matson Lines famed liner SS LURLINE having just arrived from Los Angeles. Disney Cruise Lines carries on this tradition…    CRUISE REVIEW OF THE DISNEY FANTASY When Disney Dream debuted in January 2011, it was ... 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 »

FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE)

FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES  AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE) Excellent Video: N.Y.K. Line passenger ship M.S. Chichibu Maru sets sail in 1935 for Shanghai, Hawaii and San Francisco.  The video is probably one of the few surviving films of NYK’s great passenger service.  The NYK Line seal proudly graces the bow of each Crystal Cruises ship. ... Read More »