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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 »

Union Steam’s luxurious T.S.S. Awatea was the “only way to cross” the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand in the late 1930s!

The T.S.S. AWATEA Cruise History: Far away from the Trans-Atlantic services – “Down Under” – Union Steam Ship Company operated a fleet of excellent passenger ships between Australia and New Zealand until 1960. The Awatea was the ultimate statement in luxurious service and was the only way to cross the Tasman Sea in the late 1930s. Unfortunately, this beautiful jewel ... Read More »

LOS ANGELES TO HAWAII – 1927

Menu from the LASSCO STEAMSHIP CALAWAII – Honolulu to Los Angeles crossing in 1927… Cruise and Liner History: Hollywood to Honolulu – The Los Angeles Steamship Company’s Voyages to Hawaii in the Roaring ‘20s History of the LOS ANGELES STEAMSHIP COMPANY. LASCCO. The Los Angeles Steamship Company or LASSCO was a passenger and freight shipping company based in Los Angeles, California. The ... Read More »

CUNARD CHRISTMAS 1928

Staff magazine of the Cunard Steamship Company, Christmas 1928 The Cunard Line has a long and fascinating history. It was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain and North America. The service was inaugurated in 1840 when the steamship Britannia made the first ... Read More »

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 Keller ... 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 »