Tag Archives: CRUISE LINE HISTORY

Ships and Liners of Messageries Maritimes

MS Caledonien in Sydney Harbor,  from the collection of Richard Francis (taken February 1970).

Messageries Maritimes was a French merchant shipping company. It was originally created in 1851 as Messageries Nationales, later called Messageries impériales, and from 1871, Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes, casually known as “MesMar” or by its initials “MM”. Its rectangular house flag, with the letters MM on a white background and red corners, was famous in shipping circles, especially on the ... Read More »

SP’s Streamliner COAST DAYLIGHT – The most beautiful train in the world

Going first class on board the Southern Pacific's Coast Daylight in the Observation Parlor Car.

The Southern Pacific’s Streamliner Coast Daylight was the West’s finest train into the 1950s, linking Los Angeles and San Francisco in a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the edge of the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles. Chair car passengers had full access to the Coffee Shop, Diner, and Tavern cars. The two Parlor cars were restricted ... Read More »

Crystal Cruises throws in the towel on saving the SS United States but activists continue the fight..

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The S.S. United States, the world’s fastest ocean liner, won’t be sailing the seas again after all. The Titanic-size ship — which in its 1950s prime offered one of the most stylish ways to travel between New York and Europe — has been mothballed for decades, ever since jet travel ended the era of the trans-Atlantic super-liner. It is docked ... Read More »

RMS Titanic’s abandoned bodies…

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It was April 23, 1912, at daybreak, out on the North Atlantic. The seascape looked every bit like a well-adorned graveyard, with an overcast sky, rolling fog and, as far as one could see, pieces of wreckage that bobbed in the swells. Doors, pillows, chairs, tables, and scattered remains were everywhere. White fragments dotted the debris — clustering and moving ... Read More »

Les Paquebots: Tahitien and Caledonien – Sailing from France, via the Panama Canal, to Cambodia and Vietnam.

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The Messageries Maritimes ships, the Calédonien and the Tahitian (later reborn as the cruise ship Atalante), sailed for two decades (1952 to 1972) on regular round trips lasting almost four months between Marseilles and Sydney. The two ships were beautifully designed passenger-cargo liners. These handsome ships carried cargo, passengers, and military personnel to French outposts in the Caribbean and the ... Read More »

THE FLIP SIDE OF ELLIS ISLAND… aboard the RED STAR LINE…

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Saved many Jewish immigrants during World War 2… Everyone knows the story of the poor immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island after a transatlantic journey from Europe. The “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” came by the millions in the late 19th and early 20th century, all with one dream—a better life in America. Their long voyage ended as they ... Read More »

ELLIS ISLAND…

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Immigrants to America… ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY – IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA The great steamship companies like White Star, Red Star, Cunard and Hamburg-America played a significant role in the history of Ellis Island and immigration in general. The German liner Imperator carried many immigrants in steerage. While most immigrants entered the United States through New York Harbor (the most popular destination ... Read More »

Cruise Ships firsts…

World's largest cruise ship: Allure of the Seas
Weighing 225,282 GT and measuring 1,187 feet (362m), Allure is to date the largest passenger ship ever built. In what seems a slightly petty display of one-upmanship, she is only 50mm (2in) longer than her sister ship, Oasis of the Seas.

Cruises as we know them today were created following the debut of the mega-hit TV series “The Love Boat”… But the tradition goes back more then a hundred years when passengers started booking travel on mail ships crossing the Atlantic. These mail ships evolved into the grand ocean liners whose names we still remember: Lusitania, Titanic, Queen Mary. Now the cruise lines ... Read More »

Hollywood on the high seas…

Debbie Reynolds on the Cunard Lines...

History of the Cunard Line… 175 years crossing the pond… Before the flights between New York and Europe were a mere formality, the only way to reach America was aboard a glamorous luxury liner. Dress-codes were enforced day and night – no shorts and tank tops. History of the Cunard Line… great video… Champagne was available at any hour. Hollywood ... Read More »