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 »

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

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 »

PANAMA PACIFIC LINES finished – New York to California via Havana and the Panama Canal – From 1938 TIME MAGAZINE

Many American flag steamship lines – APL, Matson Lines, Moore-McCormick, Grace Line, etc. – faced the same fate when the US government withdrew their mail and operating subsidies to carry military personnel in the 1960s. The same fate happened to the American railway system in the late 1960s when the US withdrew railway post offices. The result was that the ... Read More »

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL…

Showplace of the Nation – Over 700 movies opened here from King Kong to the Sound of Music.   One of the greatest Art Deco structures ever built, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most well known landmarks of New York City. Showing a mixture of movies and shows for almost fifty years, the format was changed in ... Read More »

American Export Lines – Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and I Love Lucy…

The SS Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951. She sailed on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. 1955: Officers and crew assemble aboard the SS Constitution docked in Manhattan. (All USA officers, staff and cruise) The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence.  The ships were two ... Read More »

75th Anniversary of Los Angeles Union Station…

Kim Novak arrived aboard the Southern Pacific’s GOLDEN STATE from Chicago.  Alan Ladd and Virginia Leith travelled aboard the Santa Fe’s SUPER CHIEF from Chicago. From all-Pullman trains, deluxe service and 1950s glamour to Amtrak.  Now a memory of the great trains of LA Union Station and a past now gone with the wind.  Popular star Kim Novak steps off the ... Read More »