When the USA and Canada Said No: The Abandoned Jews of the MS St. Louis…

  On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 937 passengers. Almost all were Jews fleeing from the Third Reich. The German annexation of Austria in March 1938, the increase in personal assaults on Jews during the spring and summer, the nationwide Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”) ... Read More »

Flying to Cuba… from the 1950s to 2015…

The United States and Cuba agreed today to restore commercial flights between the two countries for the first time in more than a half century, and several United States airlines announced plans to request approval to begin flying. Pan American Airways… video on Havana in the 1950s… American Airlines said in a release that it will submit a United States-Cuba ... Read More »

THE FLIP SIDE OF ELLIS ISLAND… aboard the RED STAR LINE…

Saved many Jewish immigrants during World War 2… Everyone knows the story of the poor immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island after a transatlantic journey from Europe. The “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” came by the millions in the late 19th and early 20th century, all with one dream—a better life in America. Their long voyage ended as they ... Read More »

ELLIS ISLAND…

Immigrants to America… ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY – IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA The great steamship companies like White Star, Red Star, Cunard and Hamburg-America played a significant role in the history of Ellis Island and immigration in general. The German liner Imperator carried many immigrants in steerage. While most immigrants entered the United States through New York Harbor (the most popular destination ... Read More »

THE SUPER CHIEF – “THE TRAIN OF THE STARS”

The magic of the Super Chief – “the train of the stars” – is now just a memory. From the late 1930s to the 1950s, Hollywood adopted the Super Chief as the primary mode of travel as well as the subject of novels and motion pictures. In MGM’s The Hucksters, a brutal satire on the ad industry, Clark Gable says ... Read More »

A true prodigy: the history of cruising in the Australasia region

Cruising is fast becoming a favorite for Australian holiday-makers Cruising in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific is a relatively new phenomenon, but it’s one that is growing at a rate of knots. P&O presents its newest cruise ship serving Australasia…  By Sarah Glover – Guest Contributor from Cruise Sale Finder Although a bit of a newcomer to the cruising ... Read More »

1987: The first gay cruise… 28 years ago…

It is a retro look at gay life. Operated by gay pioneer RSVP the passengers dubbed the ship Bermuda Star Cruise Line ship the SS BRENDA STARR. Retro cruising on the “SS BERMUDA STAR” – the ship was a.k.a. “SS Brenda Starr”.. One of the first all gay cruises – Cruising on the SS BERMUDA STAR in 1987 aboard the second ... Read More »

SS Volendam… from Holland to New York…

SS Volendam was an ocean liner operated by Holland America Line. She operated on transatlantic routes between Europe and the USA, sailing the Rotterdam – New York and Rotterdam – Halifax (Nova Scotia) service. Her overall length was 575 feet (175 m) and her beam was 67.3 feet (20.5 m). She had two funnels and two masts. Four steam turbines-drove twin screws, ... Read More »

Cruise Ships firsts…

Cruises as we know them today were created following the debut of the mega-hit TV series “The Love Boat”… But the tradition goes back more then a hundred years when passengers started booking travel on mail ships crossing the Atlantic. These mail ships evolved into the grand ocean liners whose names we still remember: Lusitania, Titanic, Queen Mary. Now the cruise lines ... Read More »

Hollywood on the high seas…

History of the Cunard Line… 175 years crossing the pond… Before the flights between New York and Europe were a mere formality, the only way to reach America was aboard a glamorous luxury liner. Dress-codes were enforced day and night – no shorts and tank tops. History of the Cunard Line… great video… Champagne was available at any hour. Hollywood ... Read More »