CRUISE SHIP REVIEWS

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.

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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…

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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 »

ARE THE RMS TITANIC TOURISTS ABOARD THE MS BALMORAL AND OTHER MEMORIAL CRUISES GHOULISH AND FOOLISH?

CRUISE HISTORY: ARE THE RMS TITANIC TOURISTS ABOARD THE MS BALMORAL AND OTHER MEMORIAL CRUISES GHOULISH AND FOOLISH? Universal Pictures “Newsreel” of the RMS Titanic… Where has the tourist demand to re-live a painful historical ­moment come from? Reality shows? Good luck to the tourists on MS Balmoral to re-enact the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage. Passengers on the MS Balmoral ... Read More »

GETTING THERE IS NO LONGER HALF THE FUN! COSTA CONCORDIA YOUNG DISABLED PASSENGER TOLD TO “SUE US” BY MICKY ARISON’S CARNIVAL CORP – CEO Micky Arison hires Burson-Masteller. A group of corporate media flacks to control Carnival Corp nightmare!

The Carnival Corp manner of cruising… watch this video about one of their ships… COSTA CONCORDIA YOUNG DISABLED PASSENGER TOLD TO “SUE US” BY MICKY ARISON’S CARNIVAL CORP – Is it time to boycott Carnival cruises and their brands?  Is the captain to blame or the American owners?  Carnival Corp hires Brit media flacks Burson-Marsteller to handle cruise line nightmare? ... Read More »