Cruises

Happy 4th of July – Top Caviar used to be served on all first class ships…

Even on the 4th of July. Look hard for it today on any cruise-ship. Here is a wonderful video aboard July 1954 sailing of the SS Alaska. Caviar was served. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – a retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Video Includes: Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, ... Read More »

4th of July – Beginning of the 20th Century… the SS TASHMOO

Great Lakes steamers on Independence Day…  4th of July – 1901 – Detroit, Michigan – Excursion steamers Tashmoo and Idlewild at wharves… The Tashmoo was the first ship constructed in 1900 and was launched on December 31, 1899. It was built by the Detroit Shipbuilding Company in Wyandotte, Michigan for Detroit’s White Star Line. The Tashmoo was nicknamed the “White ... Read More »

THE FIRST GAY CRUISE… Sailing aboard the SS Bermuda Star in the late 1980s…

One of the first all gay cruises was operated by RSVP cruises aboard the SS BERMUDA STAR. This is a retro look at gay life in the 1980s aboard the first gay cruises.  Operated by gay pioneer RSVP the passengers dubbed the ship Bermuda Star Cruise Line ship the SS BRENDA STARR. In BUT THE SHOW WENT ON, (the prequel to his ... Read More »

COLIN FARRELL ABOARD AMERICA’S LAST GREAT OCEAN-LINER – THE SS UNITED STATES…

The SS United States is sending out what may be its final distress call.  Colin Farrell is seen aboard the famous ship.   Left) Colin Farrell heads down rusting First Class promenade of the SS UNITED STATES; (Right) The First Class promenade deck during the heyday of trans-Atlantic travel aboard the SS UNITED STATES… when deluxe passengers enjoyed early morning ... Read More »

THE GRACE LINE…

From  the 1890s until the late 1960s, The Grace Line was a major devision of W.R. Grace Inc.   Their first class liners operated from New York to the Caribbean, South America, Mexico and the West Coast of the USA.  They were one of the last American flag liners or cruise-ships operating. Dining Room aboard Grace Line ships.  The ceiling ... Read More »

CRYSTAL CRUISES and the NYK LINE HISTORY…

Crystal Cruises Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NYK Line,  currently has two large, luxury-class cruise ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. These ships are highly regarded around the world, and the company has won the prestigious Travel & Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line award for 16 consecutive years, an unprecedented achievement in the industry.  Cruising The Past ... Read More »

The luxurious T.S.S. AWATEA was the “only way to cross” from Australia to New Zealand during the 1930s…

The beautiful AWATEA, like so many great ocean liners, was lost during World War 2. The T.S.S. AWATEA… Cruise History: Far away from the Trans-Atlantic services – “Down Under” – Union Steam Ship Company operated a fleet of excellent passenger ships between Australia and New Zealand until 1960. The Awatea was the ultimate statement in luxurious service and was the ... Read More »

THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD – Heiress Barbara Hutton crossing the pond aboard the RMS QUEEN MARY…

Decades before Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton became famous for being rich girls with sex tapes, no class and the height of 21st Century vulgarity – the original out of control Hollywood heiress-celebrity was Barbara Hutton. Hutton came from money on both sides of the family tree. Her maternal grandfather was Frank W. Woolworth, founder of the eponymous Woolworth’s chain ... Read More »

Classic Retro Video – Cruising to Alaska in the 1950s from Seattle aboard the SS Alaska…

Sailing day meant excitement for the Alaska Steamship Company liners. Here is the SS Alaska sailing from Seattle in 1952. Cruising The Past (www.cruiselinehistory.com) classic video of  the SS ALASKA sailing to Alaska and the Inside Passage from Seattle in the 1950s. This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to ... Read More »

First Class Air Travel, Then and Now…

The year was 1956. The setting: a berth on the old Pan Am Clipper, where famous film-star Marlene Dietrich was sound asleep. Her sometime, and rather unlikely, lover actor Yul Brynner happened to be on the same flight. As the plane glided through the sky from New York to Los Angeles, Brynner slipped across the aisle from his berth to ... Read More »