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THE FIRST GAY CRUISE – 1987 – THIRTY YEARS AGO

The first all-gay cruises were operated by RSVP cruises aboard the SS BERMUDA STAR thirty years ago. This is a retro look at gay life in the 1980s aboard the first gay cruises.  Operated by gay pioneer RSVP, the passengers dubbed the ship Bermuda Star Cruise Line ship the SS BRENDA STARR. In BUT THE SHOW WENT ON, (the prequel to his ... Read More »

The SS United States and the latest Range Rover have a lot in common.

The SS United States and the latest Range Rover are both made in large part from aluminum, in order to save weight without sacrificing strength. Both can draw connections to the military; Land Rovers have served with the British armed forces, as well as other armies around the globe, for decades; the United States was designed to be pressed into ... Read More »

Ships and Liners of Messageries Maritimes

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 »

History of Cruising… from the BRITANNIA to the LOVE BOAT…

  The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York,?in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to be concerned with the comfort of their passengers. By the 1830s steamships were introduced and ... Read More »

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

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 »

Hollywood on the high seas…

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 »

PRINCESS CRUISES – Celebrates 50th Anniversary Today…

From LA to Mexico – Princess Cruises celebrates 50th anniversary – PRINCESS CRUISES celebrates its 50th anniversary this week with a trip down memory lane for passengers. To cap a year of 50th anniversary activities, Princess Cruises, which celebrates the five decade mark in 2015, created a special Mexico itinerary sailing today, December 3, 2015. This is exactly 50 years to ... Read More »

Donations save the iconic S.S. United States from the scrapyard…

“It would be like letting the State of Liberty be melted down”… the ship is now docked in Philadelphia… awaiting a new life or the scrapyards…    The S.S. United States sails away into history… On its final voyage…  • The SS United States was launched in 1952 after a secret Cold War project to build the world’s fastest ship ... Read More »

SS NORMANDIE on film…

A great film on the SS Normandie…  Atlantic, Cruise History, cruise line history, uber, cruise ship history, cruise ships ,cruising the past, cunard line, french line, Holland America Line, Matson Line, New York, ss normandie, Titanic,united states lines,videos normandie,world war 2, the love boat Read More »

Last Ferry To San Francisco…

Southern Pacific’s OAKLAND PIER in the 1950s… The Oakland Long Wharf, later known as the Oakland Pier or the SP Mole was a massive railroad wharf and ferry pier in Oakland, California located at the foot of Seventh Street. Ferry approaches San Francisco in 1941. The recently completed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is in the foreground. The ferry is carrying passengers ... Read More »

AUSTRALIAN Coastal Cruises aboard the MV MOONTA…

The advertisement for the Adelaide Steamship Company’s popular Gulf Trip features the MV Moonta which operated from 1931 to 1955. The Gulf Trip was one of the most popular South Australian holiday tours for fifty years. Moonta is the best remembered of the several ships which operated on the Gulf Trip, which in addition to passengers, carried cargo. The ship ... Read More »

MENU OF FINAL LUNCH ON RMS TITANIC TO SELL FOR $150,000 AT AUCTION.

(Left: Dr. Dodge, Mrs. Dodge and Master Dodge) Liner and Social History:  The RMS TITANIC menu was on the table of first-class passenger Dr Washington Dodge, a prominent banker from San Francisco, who was traveling to America with his wife, Ruth, and son, Washington Junior. A menu, dated April 14 1912, shows the luxury food offered up to first-class passengers ... Read More »

CARNIVAL CORP’S COSTA CURSE – Hundreds of passengers adrift in Indian Ocean after blaze takes out engine room of another Costa Cruises ship.

Cruise history and cruise liner history. The COSTA ALLEGRA’s ordeal at sea.  Forty hours with no electricity.  Carnival Corp had major fire at sea in 2010. CARNIVAL CORP’S COSTA CURSE – Hundreds of passengers adrift in Indian Ocean after blaze takes out engine room of another Costa Cruises ship. Eight Americans are aboard another poorly run Carnival Corp cruise ship. ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – The Father Browne SJ Photographic Collection…

A short film about the Father Frank Browne’s photography on board the Titanic. The Father Browne SJ Photographic Collection contains the most important collection of Titanic photographs taken during the liner’s voyage from Southampton to Cobh (Queenstown] in  Ireland.  Click here to visit this wonderful website. Frank Browne’s mother died whilst he was young and his father when in his ... Read More »

CRUISING TODAY. CARNIVAL CORP’S PR SPIN GOES AFTER COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN TO DOWNPLAY DANGER OF MEGASHIPS.

People look at the stricken Carnival Corp Costa Cruises ship . The media has jumped on the bandwagon to create as much commotion as possible and thus hide the key issues in this tragedy. Captain Schettino is now accused by the vox populi of abandoning ship. I do not believe this is so. The captain left the bridge when the ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: SITMAR LINES AND SITMAR CRUISES

CRUISE HISTORY AND LINER HISTORY: HISTORY OF SITMAR CRUISES AND SITMAR LINE… SAIL WITH SITMAR WONDERFUL VIDEO OF THE MV FAIRWIND DURING THE 1970S… MV FAIRSEA and the Suez Canal 1961. SITMAR CRUISES and SITMAR LINES were common names for the Societa Italiana Trasporti Marittimi (English: Italian Society of Maritime Transport); an Italian shipping company founded by Russian émigré Alexandre ... Read More »

French Line’s famous SS NORMANDIE in color films.

French Line NORMANDIE – Part One French Line NORMANDIE – Part Two French Line NORMANDIE – Part Three These are probably the finest video available of trans-Atlantic liner service in the late 1930s. Excellent color footage of the French Line’s famous SS NORMANDIE. SS Normandie was an ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC 2 – Who is the villain in the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster? Carnival Corp (Micky Arison Israeli-American CEO) or the Captain?

Cruise Ship History and Liner History: Who is the villain in the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster? Micky Arison’s Carnival Corp or the Captain? Are today’s mega-ships designed for safety? If this had happened in a rough sea, the Costa Concordia would have made the Titanic look like child’s play. New footage has emerged of the Costa Concordia’s captain on the bridge ... Read More »

Horror evacuation videos aboard Carnival Corp’s Costa Concordia – Filipino crews were brave – American owned cruise lines barely pay affordable wages.

(Left: Israeli-American Billionaire Micky Arison, CEO of Carnival Corp, hid out in Miami while Costa Concorida passengers suffered) Cruise History and Liner History: Horror evacuation videos aboard Micky Arison’s Carnival Corp’s Costa Concordia.  Getting there is not half the fun  American congressional members refuse to investigate after two US Citizens die. Were the American politicians paid off by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)? ... Read More »