The former headquarters of the White Star Line – the shipping company which built and operated the ill-fated RMS Titanic liner – have been transformed into a luxury hotel thanks to a £5.5million renovation, pictured above. The hotel now boasts 65 lavish apartments which will house up to 310 guests across 11 floors… The former headquarters of the shipping company ... Read More »
The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the c...
This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska an...
The Delta Line was cruising to South America from New Orleans in the 1950s. The steamship company in...
Alberto Dodero is a completely forgotten name in today’s world, but in the mid-20th century, he was ...
The $125 million full-size replica of the doomed ship is now half complete in China as engineers ...
Cruises as we know them today are really only about 50 years old, but the tradition goes back more then a hundred years when passengers started booking travel on mail ships crossing the Atlantic… These cargo vessels evolved into the grand ocean liners whose names we still remember: Lusitania, Titanic, Queen Mary. Now the cruise lines are always competing to ... Read More »
Stewardesses play a role in the MAD MEN TV series. They are a central part of the social travel history of the JFK to Johnson decade. Here’s a look at the women flight attendants who flew PAN AM, TWA and PSA – vanished American institutions and airlines. This is the period of MAD MEN. Set in 1960s New York, the ... Read More »
A lot of things can happen at sea — pirates, mutiny, murder and bad weather not to mention (if you’re so inclined) alien abductions, clashes with sea monsters and the mysterious workings of the Bermuda Triangle. George Raft plays a ship’s captain who sets out to get the guys who murdered his father in Johnny Angel (1945) – Raft’s father is the captain ... Read More »
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 »
Video history of the 1954 world premiere at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre… When movies were movies and stars were stars… Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Lauren Bacall are seen at the New York premiere of A STAR IS BORN in 1954… This is a great video on the Hollywood premiere for STAR IS BORN at the Pantages Theatre. Lot’s of fun and ... Read More »
When “Getting There Was Half The Fun!” The Cunard Liner RMS MAURETANIA of 1939 was built on the Mersey by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead. She was only the third Cunard passenger liner to be built on the Mersey, the other two being the CEPHALONIA (1882), and the SAMARIA (1921) Wonderful video of the MAURETANIA on a cruise to the Bahamas ... Read More »
Star of stage and screen Katharine Hepburn, becomingly clad in slacks, unbent and gave an interview to the boys of the press as she sailed from New York, June 5th, on the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam. The Nieuw Amsterdam was a Dutch ocean liner built in Rotterdam for the Holland America Line. This Nieuw Amsterdam, the second of four Holland America ... Read More »
The first vessel built exclusively for luxury cruising, was the Prinzessin Victoria Luise of Germany, designed by Albert Ballin, general manager of Hamburg-America Line. The ship was completed in 1900. HISTORY The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, in 1818, was the first ... Read More »
Marco Polo on cruise… The widow of a cruise ship passenger who died when it was hit by a wave in the English Channel has criticized the vessel as “badly maintained”. James Swinstead, 85, of Colchester, Essex, was killed when a huge wave crashed into British cruise ship Marco Polo during severe storms on Friday. News video of accident… His ... Read More »
Sailing to Bermuda (seen above en-route from New York to Bermuda) during the height of her stardom — Shirley Temple died Feb 10th at the age of 85. As a nine-year-old in July, 1938 she embarked for a holiday in Bermuda accompanied by her parents, two toy dolls, three armed bodyguards and a new insurance policy taken out by Hollywood studio ... Read More »
Gloria Swanson, the famous actress, and A’Lelia Walker, the “joy goddess of Harlem’s 1920s” – sail to Europe aboard the SS PARIS…
1925: American actress Gloria Swanson (1899 – 1983) and her husband, Marquis Henri de la Falaise on board the SS Paris. A’Lelia Walker was also aboard sailing in First Class along with Miss Swanson. Miss Walker would have selected the French Line because France was viewed by many African Americans as a welcome change from the widespread backward racism in the United ... Read More »
Star of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, Janet Leigh is ready to board the famous SUPER CHIEF and Virginia Leith, star of A KISS BEFORE DYING shows us the all-Pullman train during the 1950s in a wonderful promotional film. Even the characters from TV’s MAD MEN could have been seen aboard the train all through the 1960s. The train was one of ... Read More »
Our own Cruising The Past video featuring the Alaska Steamship Line and their flagship SS ALASKA. Sailing to the Inside Passage and into northern waters during the 1950s. Clips from family films along with documentaries on this famous American flag carrier. The Alaska Steamship Company was formed on August 3, 1894. Charles Peabody, one of the six founding members, served ... Read More »
Is it time for Crystal Cruises, Holland-America Line and Princess Cruises to bring back a directory of who is aboard? Cruise History: Looking back at passenger lists – “the bible” of travelers aboard the great liners and cruise ships. Passenger lists were given to all those booked aboard liners and cruise ships up until the 1970s. From Cunard to the French Line, the ... Read More »
Royal Caribbean (RCL) agreed to cut short a 10-day Caribbean cruise on Sunday after close to 600 people reported illnesses aboard the vessel. Seasickness can be worse… Royal Caribbean (RCL) agreed to cut short a 10-day Caribbean cruise on Sunday after close to 600 people reported illnesses aboard the vessel. In the latest virus outbreak abroad a cruise ship, the ... Read More »
Video of the MS STOCKHOLM… Cruise History: MS STOCKHOLM – Collided with the Italian Line’s Andrea Doria and, as the MV ATHENA, was attacked by pirates. The Italian press called the Stockholm the “ship of death” (La nave della morte). The Stockholm returning to New York after her collision with the Andrea Doria. Her bow severely damaged. MV Athena (formerly ... Read More »
For over a decade, “Titanic” stood as the world’s top-grossing movie, an epic tale of love, adventure, disaster and sacrifice. When it was made, James Cameron was lauded for his attention to detail and accuracy, but modern technology and new theories are telling a different story of what really happened to the “unsinkable” ship. Smithsonian interviews historians, engineers, and scientists ... Read More »
MSC CRUISES carries on the tradition of the famous Italian Lines… wonderful videos of the early Italian Line ships… MSC Lirica There is the Italian feeling and ocean going charm of years past. A time when the Italian Line was operating many great ships. The great thing about MSC Cruises is the ships are really Italian and not a hodgepodge ... Read More »
1937 Cruise – From New York to Canada aboard the Eastern Steamship Company… The “Night Boat” series…
1937 CRUISE – NEW YORK TO NOVA SCOTIA ABOARD EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY Home movie of a trip to Nova Scotia leaving from Pier 18 in NYC. (Some notes indicate it may be 1937.) We see Yarmouth and Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, some large passenger ships, some of coastal Canada and a clam wrapped up in a box. The Bug Light ... Read More »