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Review: OCEAN LINER POSTERS… A FIVE STAR BOOK.

Ocean Liner Posters is a wonderful book telling the story of shipping companies and their ships through the art they produced – their posters. For a century, ocean liners were the only way to travel from one continent to another. Millions of passengers travelled on transatlantic routes: millionaires, occupying luxurious suites with dream decors, signed by the best artists of ... Read More »

The ROTTERDAM IV – Holland America Line History

Excellent video on the ROTTERDAM Cruise and Liner History – The ROTTERDAM IV – Holland America Line History Harland and Wolff, Belfast built Holland America Line’s ROTTERDAM IV in 1908. She held 530 First, 555 Second and 2,124 Third Class passengers. She was a liner with two funnels, Holland America’s first, 650 feet in length and 77 feet wide. Her ... Read More »

PAN AM – WHEN FLYING WAS FIRST CLASS

The new TV Series PAN AM takes you back to a time when flying was fun, and not like the nightmare one experiences today. PAN AM – WHEN FLYING WAS FIRST CLASS From the 1920’s until its demise in 1991, Pan American Airlines symbolized all that was luxurious in air travel. Elite fliers packed some of the first commercial use ... Read More »

THE FAMOUS REFUGE SHIP SS EXODUS WAS ORIGINALLY THE “HONEYMOON” NIGHT BOAT SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD

The SS EXODUS… former SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD… night boat of the “honeymoon fleet” CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: OLD BAY LINE – NIGHT BOAT PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS. The SS President Warfield was named after the Old Bay Line’s president.  Warfield’s niece was Bessie Wallis Warfield (June 19, 1896 – April 24, 1986), best known as Wallis Simpson and ... Read More »

STARS AND CELEBRITIES AT SEA DURING THE 1920s and 1930s

   SS President Roosevelt.  The SS President Roosevelt was a passenger liner of the United States Lines that was involved in a famous heroic rescue of the crew of the British ship Antinoe in the Atlantic Ocean in January 1926. The captain of the ship, George Fried, was given a ticker-tape parade in Manhattan in honor of his heroism. Helen ... Read More »

The four lives of Canadian Pacific’s RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN…

Cruise and Liner History: More wonderful moments in cruise line and cruise ship history.  The RMS Empress of Japan had four life’s.  First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally sailing under the German flag.  It was ironic, the allied ... Read More »

1950s “MAD MEN” Style Advertisements from Holiday Magazine

Those executives on the hit TV series MAD MEN would have been trained during the 1950a. They would have created ads such as these for the streamliner California Zeyphy, Cunard Line and the New York Central Railroad. Unlike today, travel was elegant and had some class. Getting there was half the fun! California Zephyr magazine ad from early 1950s… Cunard ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE CUNARD LINE – THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS STEAMSHIP COMPANY AND A CRUISE LINE CARRYING ON THE TRADITION OF THE GREAT OCEAN LINERS

Social History: History of The Cunard Line – The world’s most famous steamship line… carrying on the great tradition of first class liners celebrating the age of cruising the past with the new luxury liner QUEEN ELIZABETH! The best YOUTUBE video on Cunard’s newest liner: QUEEN ELIZABETH.   UK’s monarch and a ship named after her.  Great tradition, retro fun and ... Read More »

TRAIN OF THE STARS – THE SUPER CHIEF

Social History – Virginia Leith (starred in 20th Century Fox’s KISS BEFORE DYING) appears in a 1950’s publicity film from the Santa Fe RailRoad about “the Super Chief” passenger train which ran between Chicago and California. Cruising The Past welcomes you aboard the legendary Santa Fe Super Chief – the train of the stars. Extra Fare – All Pullman Streamliner. Read More »

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – The largest movie theatre ever built.

New York Social History: Radio City Music Hall – Showplace of the Nation – Over 700 movies opened here from King Kong to the Sound of Music. Click on above to hear Broadway show tunes on the greatest theatre organ in the world.  Playing songs from Gypsy, Mary Poppins and South Pacific. You Tube video of the Music Hall’s “Mighty ... Read More »

THE FRENCH LINE – SS LIBERTE – 1950s

Cruising the past: The SS Europa was the pride of Norddeutscher Lloyd Line in the 1930s. She was the sister ship of the SS Bremen. Sadly the Second World War caused an end to her years in German hands and she was handed to the French as war reparations. As SS Liberte, the ship became the stop gap flagship for ... Read More »

Airlines History – The Stewardess – During the 1960s – The period of the AMC award winning MAD MEN TV Series

Airline History – The Stewardess – MAD MEN: Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell. Stewardesses play apart in the MAD MEN TV series and our a ... Read More »

When it comes to the Swine Flu pandemic here is a great Princess Cruise Lines ad proving the point tourists should stick to ships and avoid jets.

Princess Cruises excellent and rather cynical television ad (click on arrow) reminds everyone what we already know about the horrors of air travel as compared to sailing aboard a ship. The Pullman Company use to have the greatest safety record and so did such venerable companies such as the Santa Fe Railway.   Today, rail travel in America is not a ... Read More »

Legendary Sloppy Joe’s and a Video featuring Old Havana, Cuba – during the 1930s.

A tour of the city of Havana, Cuba in the 1930s.  The travelogue was filmed by Andre de la Varre.  Wonderful shots of the capital and outlying visits to the island.  Including arrival and departure by cruise ship from New York. And scenes of Sloppy Joe’s. Cruising The Past: Sloppy Joe’s and a Video featuring Old Havana, Cuba – during ... Read More »

RMS Queen Mary Newsreel – 1936 – The song heard is Horatio Nicholls’ “Queen of the Sea”!

Cruise history: RMS Queen Mary Newsreel – 1936 – The song heard is Horatio Nicholls’ “Queen of the Sea”! The RMS Queen Mary was a Cunard Line (then Cunard White Star Line) ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967. She was designed to be Britain’s answer to the European super-liners of the late twenties and ... Read More »

P&O Liners – San Francisco Bay – 1960s

1960s – Photo from Cruise History – San Francisco, California – P&O liners SS CANBERRA (docked at the Matson Line pier) and the SS ARCADIA (in background) sailing away. Read More »

SS Catalina and SS Avalon sail to Catalina Island

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. Cruising The Past present our own video on the SS Catalina and SS Avalon. These are the big white cruise ships that once sailed from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. Sail away – as the ship’s orchestra plays “AVALON”! Read More »

The Legendary Super Chief, Flagship Of The Santa Fe – Train of the Stars!

Cruising The Past welcomes you aboard the legendary Santa Fe Super Chief – the train of the stars.  Extra Fare – All Pullman Streamliner. She came on the Super Chief. One reason that the Santa Fe became such a famous railroad was because of its flagship passenger train, the Super Chief (and, the railroad also claimed the most streamliners in ... Read More »

Video cruise history of the French Line’s SS Normandie.

Video cruise history of the French Line’s fabulous liner SS Normandie. SS Normandie was a French ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. When launched in 1932 she was the largest and fastest ship in the world, and she maintains the distinction of being the most powerful steam turbo-electric propelled passenger ship ever built ... Read More »