Category Archives: REVIEWS

The Cruising Critic gives Five Star Award to Azamara Club Cruises…

Cruise Line Review: The Cruising Critic gives Five Star Award to Azamara Club Cruises – Upscale Boutique Hotels Afloat creating the first class steamship travel of the past… Azamara Cruises has the feel of smaller first class liners in the past. Such as Cunard and Holland-America Line operated during the heyday of trans-Atlantic service. The ships are comfortable and offer first ... Read More »

Jan 18th… 89-Day World Cruise aboard the CRYSTAL SERENITY – 5 Star Award…

Crystal Cruises is part of NYK Line and Cruise Line History.  The famous Japanese steamship company saved Jewish refugees escaping Nazi Germany in 1941 aboard the MS Heian Maru. 5 Star Rating from Cruising The Past: Crystal Cruises maintains the great glamor, first class standards and excitement of ocean travel.   When getting there was half the fun.   Crystal Cruises carries on ... Read More »

Film Review: “The Wolf of Wall Street” demands a huge investment of time for a paltry return.

(Left: Leonardo DiCaprio, Meet Jordan Belfort) The FBI has a word to describe “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese’s over-amped, overdone, over everything take on unscrupulous brokers and their standard and poor behavior. It’s “Grenada,” as in it’s a no-win situation. Like the overmatched islanders futilely trying to fend off a massive invasion of U.S. troops in 1983, “The ... Read More »

2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point!

2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point! Baz Luhrmann’s new 3-D movie “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and ... Read More »

REVIEW: AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES and THE AZAMARA JOURNEY – Carrying on a tradition from Cruising the Past when getting there was half the fun!

We are proud to give Azamara Club Cruises a strong recommendation. Azamara follows in the tradition of great yacht like ships such as the elegant Stella Polaris. Considered the most beautiful cruise-ship of her time, she is seen at night in Stockholm, Sweden - mid 1950s.  Cruising The Past reviews and recommends cruise-ships and hotels providing a tradition of good service along with ... Read More »

ONE OF BERLIN’S BEST HOTELS FOR 2013 – THE RITZ CARLTON

“Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible.” César Ritz (23 February 1850 – 24 October 1918) the famous Swiss hotelier and founder of several hotels, most famously the Hôtel Ritz, in Paris and ... Read More »

THEATRE REVIEW – NO STARS FOR ROBERT REDFORD’S “ADULTS ONLY” SUNDANCE CINEMAS IN WEST HOLLYWOOD. REDFORD’S SUNSET 5 IS ANTI-FILM STUDENTS…

Paris (Carmel) Theatre and Sunset Five Cinema – “Adults Only”!  Has the Sundance Cinemas in West Hollywood replaced the old Paris Theatre with “adults only” entertainment?  The Carmel Theater opened on 19th November 1924 was operated as a successful adult movie house (re-named the Paris Theatre) from 1966 to 1976.  It was seriously damaged by fire in January 1976 and was ... Read More »

FILM REVIEW: LINCOLN

Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN: Abe is as Wooden as Washington’s Teeth – But Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a presidential performance, and Tommy Lee Jones steals the show The film is like watching a blade of grass grow. For all its good intentions and spurts of innovation, though, LINCOLN never really comes alive as living, breathing history. Instead, it too often plays like ... Read More »