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 »

SS CATALINA and SS AVALON sailed 26 miles across the sea from Los Angeles to Catalina Island…

They were called the Big White Steamers. SS Catalina and SS Avalon docked in Avalon, after completing the 2-hour voyage from Los Angeles (San Pedro), during the late 1940s.  These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for World War 2 – between Los Angeles and Catalina Island. The SS ... 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 »

SUPREME COURT JUDGES RULE “PUBLIC AIRWAVES” ARE OWNED BY DISNEY, NBC, CBS, ABC AND FOX.

Crony capitalism on Supreme Court rules that the public has no right to use America’s airwaves. They are to remain government and 1%  regulated with more damage to freedom of speech issues.  In a decision with implications for the television industry, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that Aereo, a start-up streaming service, had violated copyright laws by capturing broadcast ... Read More »

AROUND THE WORLD CRUISE for $854 First Class… American flag ships before the “Costa Concordia” at sea nightmare…

In the 1950s… an APL ships sails from San Francisco for an Around The World Cruise…  First Class lounges during the 1930s…  In the 1930s… a thrilling, luxurious trip Around the World was available on a regular basis aboard the Dollar Steamship Lines.  In 1935, these great liners were sailing every week of the year from New York, Los Angeles ... Read More »

“EVITA” CRUISE HISTORY: Does Madonna know that Eva Peron had two ships named after her?

The Argentine passengers liners were called the MV EVITA and the MV EVA PERON. They were similar in design to the MV JUAN PERON.   Three views of the MV EVA PERON (later renamed the MV URUGUAY). Cia Argentina de Nav Dodero’s EVA PERON was launched in 1949. Named in honor of dictator Juan Peron’s wife, the ship was 12,627 ... 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 »

The famous liner RMS TITANIC will be a new tourist attraction in China…

A Chinese company is rebuilding a full-scale replica of the RMS Titanic, the legendary luxury Atlantic liner that sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage. A replica of the RMS TITANIC will be docked in the Qijiang River in Daying county, Sichuan province.   The replica, which will cost an estimated 1 billion yuan ($160 million), ... 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 »

History of the Holland America Line…

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 PRIVATE RAILWAY CAR… ultimate experience in deluxe travel.

Chartering Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Private Railway Car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet. The Chapel Hill was originally built in 1922 for Post Cereals Heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and stock broker and investment banker E.F. Hutton. Chartering Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Private Railway Car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet. See for yourself ... Read More »

PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS…

Looking back at Pan Am… the mightiest airline in the world!  Pan Am 747… Death of An American Dream – The Pan Am Story Documentary tells the story of how Pan American World Airways kick-started the jet-age and shrank the globe. This was the greatest airline in the world… Pan Am was America!  A Pan Am video from 1958 to show ... Read More »

1936 German/Nazi Olympics were a destination aboard ships of the North German Lloyd Line.

For two weeks in August 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship camouflaged its racist, militaristic character while hosting the Summer Olympics.  Midnight sailings were offered  on the liners Bremen and Europa. This ad appearing in the Literary Digest (1936) exploits the Winter and Summer Olympics with service aboard North German Lloyd liners the EUROPA and BREMEN available from New York with ... Read More »

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

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 »