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Sailing to Cuba in 1959 aboard the SS Homeric

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In October 1959, Ruth and Harry Hotz boarded the SS Homeric in New York and sailed south on a seven-day voyage that would turn out to be one of the last cruises to the island until briefly in the late 1970s and then recently. SS Independence, SS Homeric, SS Constitution docked in New York.  Bob Hotz, their son, recalled his ... Read More »

David Bowie traveled by ship and train. No flying for this star!

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British pop legend, David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci, P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay and Canberra along with many other ships.   So while other superstars would take the Concorde or ... Read More »

Home movies onboard the SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE

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Sailing in the 1960s onboard the French Line’s SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE round-trip from New York to Europe. A fun home movie from www.shipgeek.com sailing on the France and Liberte. With the loss of the Normandie in New York Harbour in 1942, the Ile de France became the only French Line largest Trans-Atlantic liner. The elegant German liner Europa, ... Read More »

Hitler’s Cruise Line

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The Germans (Nazis) developed the VW, created the first cruise line and built the first ships designed exclusively for cruising. The first cruise line… The Germans operated the first steamship line with ships exclusively devoted to cruising. The Kdf – Kroft durch Freude (Strength through Joy) leisure organization, a part of the national German labor organization, was dedicated to instilling ... Read More »

History of Cruising – From the Britannia to the Love Boat

EARLY CRUISING The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to be concerned with the comfort of their passengers. TRANSATLANTIC BY SAIL and STEAM ... Read More »

Liners President Juan Perón and Eva Perón – Europe to Argentina

Alberto Dodero is a completely forgotten name in today’s world, but in the mid-20th century, he was the major shipping tycoon in South America. Having the advantage of Argentina being neutral, His fortune greatly expanded during World War II with his cargo ships alone bringing a $5,600,000 profit (almost $100 million in today’s dollars) in 1944. However, the greatest move ... Read More »

China’s TITANIC will be ready to “sail” in 2018

The $125 million full-size replica of the doomed ship is now half complete in China as engineers ‘work around the clock’ on the ‘highly anticipated’ tourist attraction. Everything on the new ship would be an exact copy of the original, from the decoration to the food. Builders are said to be working around the clock on the iconic tourist attraction ... Read More »

CARNIVAL Cruise Line’s MARDI GRAS, the first FUN SHIP and former CP Liner RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA.

Canadian Pacific Lines in 1972, faced with dwindling passenger numbers on the North Atlantic,  sold the RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA to Micky Aronson’s new Carnival Cruise Lines Ltd. The Empress of Canada, soon to become the Mardi Gras. Aronson was very clever and lucky to select one of the Canadian Pacific ships. They had maintained the ship; it was only ... Read More »

History of Cruising… from the BRITANNIA to the LOVE BOAT…

The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York,?in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to be concerned with the comfort of their passengers. By the 1830s steamships were introduced and dominated ... Read More »

THE RMS CARONIA… most famous of all cruise-ships…

The Last Word in Luxury Travel With her fabulous art-deco interiors and high crew to passenger ratio, the RMS Caronia very soon began to establish a highly enviable reputation as probably the most luxurious ocean liner afloat at that time. Elizabeth Taylor on Cunard’s RMS Caronia. Reports in all the leading periodicals pointed toward a ship that had set new ... Read More »

Fire at Sea: Tragedy of the SS Morro Castle

On the morning of 8 September 1934, en route from Havana to New York, the ship caught fire and burned, killing 137 passengers and crew members.   She was a luxury ocean liner of the 1930s that was built for the Ward Line for runs between New York City and Havana, Cuba. The Morro Castle was named for the Morro ... Read More »

Crystal Cruises carries on the tradition of the great luxury cruise ships such as the SS Rotterdam, RMS Caronia and MS Kungsholm.

Crystal Symphony Crystal Cruises carries on the tradition of the great luxury cruise ships such as the SS Rotterdam, RMS Caronia and MS Kungsholm. Famous cruise ships of the last century : RMS CARONIA, MS KUNGSHOLM and the SS ROTTERDAM. Crystal Cruises carries on the tradition of the great luxury cruise ships such as the SS Rotterdam, RMS Caronia and ... Read More »

SS CATALINA and SS AVALON – Video and Highlights

They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued running into the mid-1970s. 1950s RETRO video on the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. All about the Big White Ships  They provided daily service throughout the summer from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. ... Read More »