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FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE)

FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES  AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE) Excellent Video: N.Y.K. Line passenger ship M.S. Chichibu Maru sets sail in 1935 for Shanghai, Hawaii and San Francisco.  The video is probably one of the few surviving films of NYK’s great passenger service.  The NYK Line seal proudly graces the bow of each Crystal Cruises ship. ... Read More »

LAST OF THE AMERICAN FLAG PASSENGER SHIPS – SS SANTA MARIA – 1983 – DELTA LINES (THE GRACE LINE)

A home video of a trip on the “SS Santa Maria” taken in 1983. This was one of four cargo passenger ships built by Grace Line in 1964 and operated by Delta Lines in the 1970s and early 1980s. These ships were often called the “M” ships. This is of a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco about a ... Read More »

New DOWNTON ABBEY – PBS 2013 – is disappointing.

New DOWNTON ABBEY is disappointing.  Shirley MacLaine wore jazz shoes and a frozen expression – Yankee ham acting at its worst.  Has Botox come to Downton?  American aging star flops in comparison to first class British performances. (Left: Dame Maggie Smith looks at Shirley MacLaine and wonders if she is a survivor off last year’s dreadful Titanic – Jullian Fellowes ... Read More »

DOWN TO THE SEA FOR CRUISING FUN IN THE EARLY 1950s…

For the traveler who couldn’t make a long ocean voyage during the early 1950s, there were still varied trips by water in the USA and Canada. Some were short one-day sails, while others took a week or more and led to some exciting adventures. Most were Canadian flag vessels. From Duluth, to Miami, from New Orleans to Newfoundland, mainly pre-World ... Read More »

RARE RMS TITANIC POSTER WILL BE FEATURED IN AUCTION. ESTIMATED TO SELL FOR $15,000 TO $20,000.

April, 1912. The White Star liner “Titanic” leaving Queenstown harbour before making her maiden voyage en route for the USA. New York’s Swann Gallaries will auction RARE & IMPORTANT TRAVEL POSTERS on November 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM.  This sale features many seldom-seen travel images from around the world, and a larger than usual selection of images that have not ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic Steamship Line and the S.S. Nuevo Dominicano

Following World War 2, many American run steamship companies used older pre-war ships for cruising. In 1952 there were not many ships around and the larger ones were used for year-round trans-Atlantic along with trans-Pacific. There were not jets and many people wouldn’t fly. In May 1948, the S.S. New Northland was sold to the Flota Mercante Dominicana, or Dominican Line, who ... Read More »

THE STREAMLINER – UNION PACIFIC’S GREAT PASSENGER TRAINS

Video of Union Pacific Streamliners in the 1930s. Scene 1: CITY OF DENVER arriving in Chicago after making the 1,048 mile trip from Denver in 16 hours. Scene 2: E-2 diesels in 1938 pull the CITY OF LOS ANGELES passenger train in Los Angeles. A Brief History of Union Pacific’s Passenger Trains: Passenger service can be traced back to within ... Read More »

THE LAST GREAT ITALIAN SUPER-LINERS – TS MICHELANGELO AND TS RAFFAELLO

Excellent Italian news video on the TS Michelangelo and TS Raffaello. The end of the 1950s brought many changes to trans-Atlantic steamship service. Jets started service and began to dominate travel from the USA to Europe. Proud ships such as the Cunard Line’s two Queens and French Line’s distinguished old Liberté, built in 1930, sometimes carried close to no passengers ... Read More »

SS CATALINA – THE GREAT WHITE STEAMER

A great video on the SS CATALINA from Cruising The Past! The SS Catalina, also known as The Great White Steamer, was a 301-foot steamship built in 1924 that provided passenger service on the 26-mile passage between Los Angeles and Santa Catalina Island from 1924 to 1975. According to the Steamship Historical Society of America, the Catalina has carried more ... Read More »

THE TSS PASTEUR… a great ocean liner that was officially never in service…

Great youtube video: The “TSS Pasteur” was a special case in ocean liner history. The great liner was never officially in service. It arrived just in time for World War II and saw little passenger service.  The Pasteur was one of the least-documented great liners of its era, yet its interiors were truly magnificent. This video is an excellent collection ... Read More »

CHILDREN’S PLAYROOMS ABOARD TRANS-ATLANTIC LINERS – 1930s to 1950s…

Trans-Atlantic History:  Children were provided with everything from carousels to sand boxes.  There were Punch and Judy Shows and children’s hours at the swimming pools.  The younger passengers were watched over by trained nurses.  Costume parties highlighted the trans-Atlantic crossings.  Children dined in private dining rooms. Photos are from great trans-Atlantic liners – 1930s to 1950s…  The French Line, Cunard ... Read More »

RMS Titanic menu sells for $70,000 at auction – The first class menu is dated April 10, 1912

A menu of the first dinner served to first-class passengers on the  RMS Titanic has sold for $70,000 at auction. It was among 400 items being auctioned in Wiltshire, England, as part of the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking in the Atlantic Ocean. (Left: RMS Titanic menu) The opulent menu is dated 10 April 1912, three days before the ... Read More »

GREAT VIDEO OF THE SS UNITED STATES

Great youTube video on the SS United States from past to present. Here’s some fun 8mm home movies dated 1960 showing the docks at Southampton (or is that Bremerhaven?) and Le Havre as well as shots aboard the ship. Notice in the last shot on the enclosed promenade that the woman is walking against rough seas! Music is by the ... Read More »

ABOARD THE S.S. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND – TRANS-PACIFIC – 1949-1950

CRUISE HISTORY – S.S. President Cleveland, American President Lines, Trans Pacific Route 1949-1950. All footage by 3rd Engineer V.M. Richardson. AMERICAN PRESIDENT LINES HISTORY:  1960s composite publicity photo showing three of American President Lines’ handsome trans-Pacific passenger liners. SS President Cleveland, SS President Wilson and SS President Hoover. These modern liners provided regular scheduled service from California to the Orient ... Read More »