Jan 18th… 89-Day World Cruise aboard the CRYSTAL SERENITY – 5 Star Award…

Crystal Cruises is part of NYK Line and Cruise Line History.  The famous Japanese steamship company saved Jewish refugees escaping Nazi Germany in 1941 aboard the MS Heian Maru. 5 Star Rating from Cruising The Past: Crystal Cruises maintains the great glamor, first class standards and excitement of ocean travel.   When getting there was half the fun.   Crystal Cruises carries on ... Read More »

GRAF ZEPPELIN, HAMBURG-AMERICA LINE: Germany to Rio de Janeiro – $950 round-trip…

The 1933 American Steamship Guide listing for the Grap Zeppelin’s airship service from Germany to Rio de Janeiro via Barcelona, Pernambuco and Sevilla Connections could be made with Pan American Airways. (Click on image to have a full view.) During the late 1920s and early 1930s, it seemed that hydrogen and helium-filled airships, not propeller-driven planes, would be the future ... Read More »

1933 TRANS-ATLANTIC OCEAN LINERS: $159 ONE-WAY FIRST CLASS from NEW YORK to HARVE on the FRENCH LINE…

French Line Cabin sailings in 1933 aboard what they called their “Cabin Service”. The Champlain, Lafayette, De Grasse and Rochambeau offered sailings (6 to 7 days at sea) from New York to France on a regular service. Cabin, Tourist (aboard the Champlain and Lafayette) and Third Class. Express service (5 days at sea) was being offered by the Paris and ... Read More »

HISTORY OF CRUISING: THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD

The gentle sensation of the wind and waves, the pleasure of the little luxuries offered on board, the freedom to indulge in spot of traveling: with these promises the cruise industry has been inspiring people for more than 115 years. A retrospective. 160 years ago nobody in their wildest dreams would have contemplated volunteering for a sea journey. Back then, ... Read More »

Cruising The Past: Vintage Photos of Luxury Liners

1926: Benefit all night ball held aboard the White Star Line’s MAJESTIC moored at Southampton. A 1000 guest were aboard the famous liner. Dancing on the decks. Although cruise ships have received some bad press in the past year, they still represent a luxurious vacation away from everyday life. And when trips on luxury ocean liners were first becoming popular ... Read More »

WHEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES RODE THE RAILS… President Truman’s “Whistle-stop” Tour…

Social History: Excellent home footage of President Truman on his campaign train “whistle-stop”… Rear of train and Sam Wah cafe during during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948 The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, stopping to speak to citizens from a platform at the ... Read More »

Film Review: “The Wolf of Wall Street” demands a huge investment of time for a paltry return.

(Left: Leonardo DiCaprio, Meet Jordan Belfort) The FBI has a word to describe “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese’s over-amped, overdone, over everything take on unscrupulous brokers and their standard and poor behavior. It’s “Grenada,” as in it’s a no-win situation. Like the overmatched islanders futilely trying to fend off a massive invasion of U.S. troops in 1983, “The ... Read More »

SS ALEUTIAN (SS TRADEWIND)… Hawaiian-Pacific’s short bid to compete with Matson Lines during the 1950s with voyages to Hawaii from San Francisco.

Hawaiian-Pacific was hastily organized in 1953 to operate low-price travel to Hawaii from California against its chief competitor, Matson Lines. Matson had the beautiful totally rebuild cruise liner SS Lurline – with air-conditioning, extensive deck space and full first class service.  All ships operating between the US mainland and Hawaii must fly the American flag.  Crews and staff must be ... Read More »

Cruise History: SS TRADEWIND – Caribbean Atlantic Line… Mid-1950s… Cruising from Miami to Ensenada via the Panama Canal for $70 and up.

Cruise History: CARIBBEAN ATLANTIC LINE… the SS TRADEWIND… One of the many companies that tried West Coast cruising Acapulco from the 1940s into the early 1960s that didn’t make it.  Princess Cruises was the first company to corner the West Coast market for cruises to Mexico. Caribbean Atlantic was formed in 1954 with head-quarters at Southern Building, Washington, DC. The ... Read More »

1928 – A CUNARD “FAMILY” CHRISTMAS… and a video history of the Cunard Line…

Staff magazine of the Cunard Steamship Company, Christmas 1928 Video History of the Cunard Line The Cunard Line has a long and fascinating history. It was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain and North America. The service was inaugurated in 1840 when ... Read More »

THE RMS CANBERRA – THE LAST GASP OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE…

CRUISING THE PAST: THE RMS CANBERRA – THE LAST GASP OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE… A great BBC youtube video of the SS CANBERRA returning from the Falklands. For 37 years the SS Canberra was a very familiar sight in Southampton’s Western Docks and in ports the world over, particularly Sydney which, it could be said, has been her second home. ... Read More »

NOTHING CAN GO WRONG by John D. MacDonald and Captain John H. Kilpack… Last great cruise aboard the SS MARIPOSA in 1977…

NOTHING CAN GO WRONG is a wonderful book on the SS Mariposa when, in May 1977, it undertook one of its last long cruises – in this case a 77-day voyage from San Francisco to Leningrad and back again… The elegant all first class liner SS MARIPOSA – sailing in the South Pacific of Pago Pago on a Matson Line ... Read More »

The ELDER DEMPSTER LINE…

ELDER DEMPSTER & COMPANY – ONE OF THE UK’S LARGEST SHIPPING COMPANIES… In 1868 John Dempster went into partnership with Alexander Elder, the brother of the eminent Glasgow shipbuilder, John, to act as Liverpool agents of the British and African Steam Navigation Company of Glasgow. The company’s vessels were constructed in John Elder’s Fairfield Yard, in Glasgow. The British and ... Read More »

DECEMBER 7th – “The day that will live in infamy!” America at war and at sea. Matson Line’s SS Lurline…

Cruise History and Liner History: The SS Lurline was half way from Honolulu to San Francisco on 7 December 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The SS Lurline made her destination safely, cruising at maximum speed, and soon returned to Hawaii with her Matson sisters SS Mariposa and SS Monterey in a convoy laden with troops and supplies.  December ... Read More »