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Elvis Presley Cruises From California To Hawaii On The SS Lurline and SS Matsonia

Elvis’ love for Hawaii ran deep, and during his lifetime he visited often sailing to and from San Francisco & Los Angeles on board Matson Lines deluxe liner-cruiseships. Whether it was to perform concerts and benefits, film a movie, or just to vacation, the islands would always draw him back. ... Read More »

“Unsinkable” TITANIC Survivors Tell Their Story in BBC 1956 Interview

Two survivors of the RMS Titanic disaster told their incredible stories of being saved from the sinking ship. BBC Video A gigantic ship, almost 900 ft long and 175 feet high, it was a feat of engineering. The R.M.S. Titanic weighed more than 40,000 tons and it was the best ... Read More »

Arosa Line 1950s Bargain Students Immigrants Cruises

Arosa Line was the trade name for Compañia Internacional Transportadora. The steamship line bought older ships, sailing Trans-Atlantic and on winter cruises out of New York. Thousands of emigrants came from Europe to Canada and the USA on their four ships. In 1949, the shipowner Rizzi had bought his first ... Read More »

How To Communicate With Someone On A Cruise Ship And Ashore

When you are sailing on a cruise ship, how to communicate with other passengers onboard. Watch the video: WATCH the video and see how to stay in-touch with traveling companions along with friends, family and business associates onshore. Why take a look at the video? Because it will give free ... Read More »

African-American Pullman Porters served US railroads from 1860 to 1968

Pullman porters were men hired to work on the railroads as porters on sleeping cars.[1] Starting shortly after the American Civil War, George Pullman sought out former slaves to work on his sleeper cars. Their job was to carry passengers’ baggage, shine shoes, set up and maintain the sleeping berths, ... Read More »

San Francisco’s Fabulous FOX Theatre

San Francisco’s Fox Theatre was the largest movie palace west of St Louis. A monument to opulence and glamour long gone. There weren’t enough adjectives to describe the movie theater’s magnificence. It drew crowds from the entire Bay Area with premiere movies and stage shows. Kids on dates from San ... Read More »

Davie Bowie refused to fly. Ships and Trains only for the famous star.

David Bowie, who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci, P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay and Canberra along with many other ships.   So while other superstars would take the Concorde or ... Read More »

California’s Streamlined LARK connected San Francisco and Los Angeles for Decades

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Southern Pacific’s deluxe all-Pullman streamliner Lark was the premiere overnight passenger between San Francisco and Los Angeles. A favorite of businessmen and movie stars. The Oakland Lark connected with the Lark at San Jose then via San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara to Southern California along the coast route. The Lark ... Read More »

Cruising to South America on mid-Century streamlined Delta Lines.

The Delta Line was cruising to South America from New Orleans in the 1950s. The steamship company introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South American services in the post-war years of the 1940s. In keeping with the trade name of the company, “Delta Line,” the three vessels were given ... Read More »

Cruise Passenger Volume Expected to Surpass 2019 Levels by End of 2023

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), shared new findings at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami, which are evidence of the cruise community’s resilience. CLIA shared highlights of the consumer research, confirming that intent to cruise is rebounding, with 63 percent of cruisers or potential cruisers indicating they are “very likely” or ... Read More »