20th Century Limited – Greatest train in the world – When everything old is new again, or could be … on today’s New York Social Diary …

Ready for departure in 1947 from Chicago’s La Salle Street Station the opulent Twentieth Century is 16 hours from Grand Central Station, New York. My latest contribution to New York Social Diary – is a profile of New York Central’s 20th Century Limited.  Considered the greatest train in the world.  Until the 1950s, this all-Pullman streamliner was the only way ... Read More »

Cruise History – Remembering Katharine Hepburn aboard Holland America Line’s great trans-Atlantic liner SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM. A “queen” of Art Deco design and style.

A wonderful Dutch film/video on the great liner. Throughout the 1930s a remarkable period of growth was experienced by the merchant fleets of many nations. This growth occurred in spite of a depression that put a strangle-hold on the world-wide economy. Our thanks to Reuben Goossens, 47 years in the Passenger Shipping/Cruise Industry, and one of the great authorities on ... Read More »

SS FRANCE – last of the great ocean-going liners.

Enjoy these great full color home movies shot by a lucky couple who traveled on the SS France Eastbound, and the SS Liberte Westbound, here combined to suggest a mythical time when such a trip might have been possible in the early 1960s. Bon Voyage! SS France arrives in New York to great celebration on her maiden voyage in 1962. ... Read More »

Cruise History – 1950s Retro home movies and films of the SS ALASKA cruising the past aboard the Alaska Steamship Line…

Our new video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – a retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Video Includes: Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors ... Read More »

Cruise History – 1930s home movies aboard the liner SS Bremen and photos of famous passengers. Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich, J. Krishnamurti, William Randolph Hearst and Jimmy Donahue.

These are amusing black and white home movies shot aboard the SS Bremen in 1930 courtesy of shipgeek.com. The SS “Bremen” of 1929 was one of a pair of ocean liners built for the Norddeutsche Lloyd line (NDL) for the transatlantic passenger service. The “Bremen” was notable for her low streamlined profile, and modern approach to her design. Her sister ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: Our Retro 1950s Cruise Video – SS CATALINA sails again to Avalon – The Great White Ship was scrapped last month in Mexico after a valiant effort to save her.

A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for WW 2. The SS CATALINA continued running into the mid-1970s. They provided daily service throughout the summer from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. The SS AVALON lies at ... Read More »

Cruising the Past: Amtrak will never be the answer… no matter how much money the USA gives it.

Compare dinner aboard the Southern Pacific’s Lark between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 1950s with dining aboard today’s USA Government run Amtrak. No matter how much money they sink into Amtrak –  rail service will never achieve the elegance and opulence of the past. The Lark Club dining room aboard the famous all-Pullman train overnight between Los Angeles ... Read More »

Cruise History: A Busy Day In New York Harbor 1934 from shipgeek on youtube and 358,274 tons of shipping ready to sail across the pond or on a cruise.

Check out this busy shipping day in New York Harbor in 1934. So many ships, so little time! The spectacular sight of 358,274 tons of shipping docked in New York Harbour. From front to back, the liners are the Hamburg, the Bremen, the Columbus, the De Grasse, the Normandie, the Britannic, the Aquitania, the Conte de Savoia, the Fort Townsend ... Read More »

Cruise and Air Ship History: The Graf Zeppelin – The first flight of an airship around-the-world. William Randolph Hearst financed the flight in 1929. It took 12 days and 11 hours.

(Click above for Video of the Graf Zeppelin) – In 1929 the Graf Zeppelin left Friedrichshafen to make the first flight round-the-world by an airship. Here’s the complete story of this most famous and memorable trip in the history of air transportation: The round-the-world flight attempt really began on May 14, 1929 when the Graf departed from Friedrichshafen for its ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: This is MGM’s 1930s musical HONOLULU aboard Matson Line’s SS LURLINE starring Gracie Allen and Eleanor Powell. When getting there was half the fun!

The incomparable Gracie Allen and Eleanor Powell in this show-stopping number aboard Matson Line’s SS Lurline from the hit 1939 MGM musical HONOLULU. The song captures the Magic and Romance of Hawaii’s Golden Age aboard the great Matson liners. When getting there was truly half the fun. Alas, this song and musical have not fared well, and have been all-but-forgotten, ... Read More »