THE M/V HIKAWA MARU was operated by the NYK Line (now Crystal Cruises). She was the only Japanese passenger vessel to survive WW 2. In her 30 years of service, the HIKAWA MARU crossed the pacific 254 times, carrying around 25,000 passengers and a great volume of cargo. 5 Stars Rating: Crystal Cruises maintains the great glamor, first class standards and excitement of ... Read More »


From the 1960s… home movie crossing the “pond” from New York to Europe and return… Cruise History: The French Line’s SS FRANCE and SS LIBERTE crossing the pond… Read More »

HRM Queen Elizabeth sails aboard the MS Lord Selkirk II in 1970…

  Queen Elizabeth II aboard the MS Lord Selkirk II. (J.H. Allan collection) The MS Lord Selkirk II was a passenger cruise ship that sailed the Red River and Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. Lake Winnipeg’s last cruise ship, she was the largest ever built between the Great Lakes and the Rockies, with accommodation for 130 passengers and 40 crew.  ... Read More »

EVA BRAUN (Hitler’s longtime companion and wife) aboard Hamburg-America Line’s MS Milwaukee on a 1939 cruise.

Eva Braun aboard the MS Milwaukee in 1939. Fragments of one of the best film from the Eva Braun’s collection. We can see Eva reflected in the glass of the Hamburg America Line agency while filming her mother’s arrival in a black Mercedes-Benz. The parts of the film with shots of the ocean and seagulls reveal the great skills Eva ... Read More »

THE GARDEN OF ALLAH HOTEL … was once (West) Hollywood’s most famous – or perhaps infamous – hotel.

Social History: A wonderful video of The Garden of Allah…  “Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you’ve got / ‘Til it’s gone / They paved paradise / And put up a parking lot” ?–Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi” Urban legend has it that folk music legend and “lady of the canyon” Joni Mitchell penned ... Read More »

THE SS CAP ARCONA…the Nazi “Titanic” and one of the worst maritime disasters of all time.

The Nazi “Titanic” and one of the worst maritime disasters of all time. The 27,561 gross ton SS Cap Arcona, named after Cape Arkona on the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, was launched in 1927. She was considered one of the most beautiful ships of the time, was the largest German ship on the South American run, and carried upper-class ... Read More »


A cruise on the Grace Line’s S.S. Santa Rosa across the caribbean and through the Panama Canal in the 1930s. The SS Santa Rosa (1932) (later SS Athinai) was a passenger and cargo ocean liner built for the Grace Line. The vessel was one of four ships (including the Santa Paula, Santa Lucia, and Santa Elena) ordered in 1930 from ... Read More »

QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 SOLD… The famous passenger liner is headed for the high seas again…

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 greets the World Trade Center in the 1990s… DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – After more than four years sitting idle in a Dubai port, the storied passenger liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is bound again for the high seas as part of deal to convert the vessel into a luxury hotel in Asia, officials said Thursday. The ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – Third Class or Steerage Passengers aboard the ill-fated liner.

RMS TITANIC – Third Class or Steerage Passengers aboard the ill-fated liner. Last photo taken of the RMS Titanic – Sailing away from Queenstown, Ireland.  The majority of the 700-plus steerage passengers on the RMS Titanic were emigrants. Only 25 percent of the Titanic’s third-class passengers survived, and of that 25 percent, only a fraction were men. By contrast, about ... Read More »