Scott Houston McBee’s rendering of the Conte di Savoia. Principessa Mafalda with family and friends aboard the Conte Di Savoi. Princess Mafalda married the Prince of Hesse. In 1943 when Mussolini was overthrown, and the King led the country into the Allied camp, both the Princess and Prince were sent to a concentration camp where they died. Conte Di Savoi ... Read More »
Michael L. Grace started out as a writer on THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote the lead segment on this episode starring Anne Baxter – star of “Sunset Blvd.” The number one Cruise Talk Show spoke with Michael L. Grace recently. The interview centered around his new book: ITS THE LOVE BOAT – How a TV Series changed the cruise industry. ... Read More »
HISTORY OF THE QE2 – Cruise and Social History. The Queen Elizabeth 2, or QE2 as she is commonly known was the flagship of the Cunard Line for nearly 40 years. QE2 made her maiden voyage in 1969 and was one of the last great Transatlantic liners. At 70,327 tons and 963 feet long with a top speed of 32.5 ... Read More »
YOUTUBE Video: The Great Liners of the 20th Century – Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse, Deutschland, Amerika, Lusitania, mauretania, Olympic, Titanic, France, Britannic, Imperator, Vaterland, Aquitania, Ile de France, Cap Arcona, Bremen, Europa, Rex, Normandie, Batory, Queen Mary, Wilhelm Gustloff, Nieuw Amsterdam, America, Queen Elizabeth, Willem Ruys, Caronia, Flandre, Maasdam, United States, Andrea Doria, Saxonia, Rotterdam, Leonardo da Vinci, France, Michelangelo, ... Read More »
Cruise History: JOURNEY INTO THE PAST. A NIGHT ABOARD THE RMS QUEEN MARY (HOTEL) IN LONG BEACH. A CHANCE TO “CROSS THE POND” BUT NEVER LEAVING THE DOCK.
RMS Queen Mary arriving 1936 in Southampton, England. Painting from the British Maritime Museum. Journalist Kyle Kreiger uses his stay at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach to show the comparison between experiencing trans-Atlantic passenger travel from the 1930s to 1960s and contemporary cruising. The former Cunard Line RMS Queen Mary is a destination in itself but a ... Read More »
Cruise Line History – Hello Sailor! Gay life on merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s. Exhibit at the Merseyside Maritime Museum – Liverpool, UK.
VIDEO Watch a short video of Jo Stanley talking about the exhibition on the (click here) Homotopia TV blog. Hello Sailor! looks at life on board passenger and merchant ships from the 1950s to 1980s, a time when homosexuality was illegal and for gay men there were few places to be safe. “BACK STAGE” Crew Party. The following is a ... Read More »