SOCIAL HISTORY

Le Cirque aboard Holland-America Line…

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Holland America Line added the famous Le Cirque restaurant as “An Evening at Le Cirque” featured in the Pinnacle Grill aboard its fleet of 15 ships. Additional enhancements to the program include screenings of the HBO documentary “Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven” on in-stateroom television, as well as the opportunity to purchase a Le Cirque crème brûlée dish and Le Cirque ... Read More »

The Movie Palace – from Hollywood to London to Berlin…

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A great history of the past. Thousands of wonderful theaters were destroyed by greedy developers. Especially in Los Angeles – where politicians are paid off by developers. Columbus was lucky – the Ohio Theatre is a testimony to true American spririt. The Ohio Theatre – the greatest restored movie palace in the USA. In this 1986 performance at the Ohio ... Read More »

Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE…

SS Normandie...

 Greatest liner to ever “cross the pond” from Europe to America. Wonderful new color film of the elegant Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE… French Line steamship. Never before seen… August 28, 1939 – The last voyage aboard the SS Normandie. One of the great videos of the greatest liners of all time. The French Line trans-Atlantic liner. Color ... Read More »

The SS UNITED STATES won’t be scrapped – For Now

John Wayne and SS United States Captain ... aboard the  SS UNITED STATES... 1950s.

Supporters of the SS United States have struck a preliminary deal “to protect and repurpose” the Newport News-built ocean liner, a monument to a bygone era seeking new life as a modern waterfront attraction. Details were scarce Monday in an announcement from the SS United States Conservancy, the nonprofit group that owns the ship. However, it was clear more work ... Read More »

Elsa Maxwell: the greatest celebrity of all-time…

Elsa Maxwell with Marilyn Monroe.

Pianist, gossip columnist, TV star, and above all a giver of great parties, Elsa Maxwell was famous for being herself. She was most likely far more interesting than the celebrities she covered. Elsa Maxwell first worked as a theatre pianist after leaving school at the age of 14 and before touring with a troupe in various music halls. Elsa Maxwell, ... Read More »

The Pump Room at Chicago’s former Ambassador East Hotel

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood in the Pump Room. www.cruisingthepast.com

When Ernie Byfield opened The Pump Room in the Ambassador East Hotel on October 1, 1938, he undoubtedly had little idea that he was beginning an enterprise that would still be thriving to this day. Today, The Pump Room remains highly acclaimed restaurant and Chicago landmark. Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast inside the Ambassador East Hotel, the Pump Room’s traditional ... Read More »

1948 Olympic Team sails aboard liner America

USA Olympic Rowing Team sails for London 1948 Olympics aboard the liner SS America.

The USA Olympic Team sailed aboard the SS America. The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United Kingdom. The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United ... Read More »

Veteran’s Day: Travel by Train in World War 2

A soldier kisses his girl goodbye - ready to board a train..

Celebrating Veteran’s Day – A look back at wartime transportation in WW 2. Trains were crowded with standing room only. Dining cars were full and most of the trains only served two meals a day. It was a major boom to train travel. The Pullman Company operating all sleeping cars. Pullmans was accommodating 1000s of people on overnight trains. Here ... Read More »

History of Princess Cruises – 2015 is the cruise lines 50th Anniversary…

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The SS Princess Patrica was the first “Love Boat”!   For two seasons Princess Patricia was chartered to Stan McDonald, a Canadian-born businessman now in Seattle, for cruising between Los Angeles and Acapulco during the winter.McDonald became excited about cruising during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. He eventually branched out to other vessels but chose to name his new company ... Read More »