Cruises

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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 »

History of the Holland America Line…

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Liner History would not be complete, without studying the venerable Holland America Line. One of the last lines to offer Trans-Atlantic crossings on a regular basis before the Jet took the fun out of crossing the pond.  With a 135-year maritime history, Holland America Line is one of the oldest names in cruising but remains dedicated to offering guests ‘once ... Read More »

The TSS AWATEA (Union Steamship Company overtakes the SS MARIPOSA (Matson Lines) – August 1938….

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Union Steam’s luxurious T.S.S. Awatea was the “only way to cross” the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand in the late 1930s! TSS Awatea racing the SS Mariposa across the Tasman Sea. Painting by W.W. Stewart of the TSS Awatea (Union Steamship Company) overtaking the S.S. Mariposa ( Matson Lines) on 13th August 1938 at 2pm in the Tasman ... Read More »

Steamboat Days on the Mississippi River – Cruise aboard the GORDON C. GREENE in 1949 – $10.00 per day…

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This is one of the last journeys aboard the steamboat Gordon C. Greene in 1949. The steamboat Delta Queen replaced the older steamboat in the same year. The Greene Line was a line of river steamships along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  The name was later changed to Delta Queen Steamboat Company.   1849: The Steamboat Gordon C. Greene heads down the Mississippi for New Orleans. (Left: Capt. ... Read More »