Category Archives: HAMBURG AMERICA LINE

‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Bill Miller

Cruising The Past salutes: ‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Author and lecturer – William “Bill” Miller Preview of new documentary on Bill Miller. Bill Miller interviewed on NBC News in connection with the recent New York Normandie exhibit. Bill Miller is probably the major living authority on the subject of ocean liners & cruise ships. Miller has written some 60 books ... Read More »

THE FIRST CRUISE SHIP WAS A “PRINCESS”: – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship.

THE FIRST CRUISE SHIP WAS A “PRINCESS”: – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. Cruise Ship History and Cruising The Past – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. Built for the Hamburg America Line, she was launched on June 29, 1900 and ... Read More »

“VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED” SUNDAY (DEC 13th) 70 YEAR REUNION – WHEN THE MS ST LOUIS WAS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE USA BY FDR

“VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED” 70 YEAR REUNION IN MIAMI THIS SUNDAY (DEC 13) – WHEN THE MS ST LOUIS WAS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE USA CARRYING OVER 700 GERMAN-JEWISH REFUGES BY FDR AND HIS DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION.  THE MS ST LOUIS IS SEEN ABOVE UNABLE TO DOCK IN HAVANA, CUBA. Telegram appealing unsuccessfully to FDR to help. Postcard view of the ... Read More »

GRETA GARBO “SLEEPS” AT BERLIN’S HOTEL ADLON

GRETA GARBO “SLEEPS” AT BERLIN’S HOTEL ADLON – Travel Social History: Greta Garbo and many celebrities stayed at the HOTEL ADLON Kempinski. The finest hotel in BERLIN. One of the great hotels of the world.  Berlin was a port of call by train in 1929 — after sailing from New York to Germany aboard the SS BREMEN. Garbo and Mauritz ... Read More »

Social History: HOTEL ADLON Kempinski – the finest hotel in BERLIN. One of the great hotels of the world. Berlin was a port of call by train in 1929 — after sailing from New York to Germany aboard the SS BREMEN.

great youTUBE video of Berlin in 1929 with views for the Hotel Adlon… Sailing in the 1920s to Germany from New York on the SS Bremen was very popular.  Upon arrival, tourists enjoyed a quick train ride from Hamburg to Berlin and then accommodations at the world famous Adlon Hotel in Europe’s favorite destination in the 1920s. Hotel Adlon in ... Read More »

Cruise History: March 1939 Ad from Hamburg-America Line – North German Lloyd pitching their Trans-Atlantic commuter service. World War 2 would start in six months.

Advertisement from “House Beautiful”  selling travelers on sailing aboard Hapag-Lloyd liners six months before the beginning of World War 2.  Americans bought passage and the trans-Atlantic crossings were full.  The USA was still very isolated from the realities of the coming war and were visiting Germany and Europe during the summer of 1939.  By the time this “young commuter” would ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History – Cunard Line’s RMS Berengaria (formerly the SS Imperator) was sailing from England to New York when the 1929 Wall Street crash Hit – passengers went from millionaires to paupers while at sea.

Great youTUBE Video – press arrow – aboard the RMS Berengaria as it was “crossing the pond” when the 1929 Wall Street crash happened. Passengers left England as millionaires and arrived in New York without a penny. The ship was featured in The Beautiful and Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Postcard – the Imperator The first plates of her keel ... Read More »

Cruise History: Michael L. Grace’s story on the RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific’s “Blue Ribbon Holder” – The fastest ship on the Pacific and a liner with four life’s. From Empress of Japan to World War 2 vessel to Empress of Scotland to the Hanseatic.

More wonderful moments in cruise line and cruise ship history.  The RMS Empress of Japan had four life’s.  First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally sailing under the German flag.  It was ironic, the allied ship used during WW ... Read More »