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 »

OCEAN PRINCESS will be joining the Oceania Cruises fleet.

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One of Princess Cruises’ smallest ships, the 672-passenger Ocean Princess, soon will be joining the Oceania Cruises fleet. Oceania’s parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), today announced a definitive agreement to buy the 15-year-old vessel from Princess with the transfer set to take place in March 2016. Originally designed for now-defunct Renaissance Cruises, the Ocean Princess is a sister ... Read More »

1960s – P&O liners…

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Visiting San Francisco. 1960s – Photo from Cruise History – San Francisco, California…  P&O liners SS CANBERRA (docked at the Matson Line pier) and the SS ARCADIA (in background) sailing away. 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 »

Canadian 1930s Liners – The “Drunken Duchesses”

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SS Duchess of York was one of the several sturdy Canadian Pacific liners which were known as “Drunken Duchesses” for their lively performance in heavy seas. She was built as a sister ship to the SS Duchess of Bedford, the SS Duchess of Atholl, and the SS Duchess of Richmond. The vessel was created for transatlantic service; and she was ... 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 »

THE LOVE BOAT sails again…

Major Broadway Stars -Ethel Merman, Ann Miller and Carol Channing with "Captain" Gavin MacCloud ready to film LOVE BOAT 2-Hour special in the 1980s.

It’s a blast from the past, as the ship’s whistle for the brand new Regal Princess is the theme from “The Love Boat,” the romance sitcom from 1976 until 1986 that helped make cruising mainstream. The Love Boat was known for its frothy romances and the steady stream of well-known actors who made guest appearances on the show — Wikipedia ... Read More »