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 »
Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC.
Home Lines SS ATLANTIC… Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC. After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE. In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque with ... Read More »
The French passenger liner SS La Marseillaise is seen arriving in Marseillaise from Vietnam during the 1950s. She was the largest and most luxurious ship operated by by the steamship company Messageries Maritimes. La Marseillaise operated between France and the Far East. The elegant vessel was launched in 1944 in the name of Marshal Petain (who was a French general ... Read More »
Social History and Cruise History – The Grace Line ad in Holiday Magazine 1956 – Cruising was much different in the 1950s. Looking at the photos, in comparison to today’s ships, you could say it was much more civilized. Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a ... Read More »
CRUISE HISTORY AND STEAMSHIP HISTORY – THE CHILEAN LINE – NEW YORK TO CHILE via THE PANAMA CANAL – PERU AND ECUADOR Steamship History and Cruise History – South American Steamship Company (Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores – CSAV) – Their passenger service did not survive after World War 2. This is the cover of a folder advertising their first ... Read More »
2010 CRUISE SHIP REVIEWS – The 2010 cruise ships giving a feeling of the great First Class liners of the past.
2010 CRUISE SHIP REVIEWS – We look at the best of the 2010 luxury, deluxe and premium class cruise lines and cruise ships. Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania and Holland America Line top the list. They give a feeling of the great First Class liners of the past. 1953 Time Remembered of First Class Travel – The great days of ... Read More »
CRUISE REVIEWS – We look at the best of the 2009 luxury, deluxe and premium class cruise lines. Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania and Holland America Line top the list. They give a feeling of the great First Class liners of the past.
Cruise Reviews. Cruising The Past reviews modern cruise ships in the more premium market. These are the 2009 cruise reviews. We always consider how these modern lines relate to the famed cruise ships of the past. BEST OF THE LUXURY CLASS – the top cruise lines for those that want the best with all the modern conveniences, yet have a ... Read More »
Cruise Ship Reviews – Update – July 2008 – Ships that rival the past – Featuring Marjorie Merriweather Post’s fabulous SEA CLOUD!
Owner’s Suite aboard the 64-passenger four-masted barque Sea Cloud. SEA CLOUD was built in 1931 as the Hussar by E.F. Hutton for his wealthy socialite wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Her personal suite is the museum-like 410-square-foot No. 1, with Louis XIV-style furniture and a white Carrera marble bathroom with gold-plated faucets. Suite No. 2 was Hutton’s, and it’s 366 square ... Read More »