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Ringo Starr & Peter Sellers onboard Cunard’s QE 2 in 1969

The familiar faces of Beatle Ringo Starr and actor Peter Sellers caused quite a stir at Southampton Docks almost fifty years ago, back in May 1969, when the pair were among 570 passengers boarding the second voyage of the QE2 at Southampton. The pair were going to the United States ... Read More »

Coulter’s Department Store: Streamline Moderne in Los Angeles.

Streamline Moderne flagship store located on the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, was designed by Stiles O. Clements and completed in 1938-39. Coulter’s stood four floors high, with a rounded exterior of white concrete and horizontal bands of glass block rather than proper windows. A dramatic seventy-two-foot-high panel of glass ... Read More »

Peter Knego’s historical look at P&O’s cruise-liner S.S. Fairstar

Peter Knego’s new video is a top to bottom tour of P&O’s S.S. FAIRSTAR, the most popular cruise ship to sail in Australian waters. Besides the ship video tour, a history of the vessel, from her origins as the British trooper OXFORDSHIRE. Peter’s excellent video covers her conversion to an ... Read More »

“German Titanic” – Tragic sinking of the CAP ARCONA – Retro Video

The Cap Arcona was considered one of the most beautiful ships of the time, launched in 1927, was the largest German ship on the South American run. In 1940, the Cap Arcona was taken over by the Kriegsmarine (the German Navy), painted overall gray, and used in the Baltic Sea as ... Read More »

1960s Happy New Year aboard the legendary SS United States

The “SS United States” was THE liner to be on, and be seen on…luminaries from world leaders to Hollywood royalty (Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, to name a few) were regular passengers on her runs between New York harbor and Europe. That ended in the late 1960s… When the Unions ... Read More »

Golden Age VIDEO look at CHRISTMAS onboard Ocean Liners

Ocean liners were often called “cities at sea”, but how did these vast cities celebrate Christmas? Part-Time Explorer answers the holiday question with his fascinating video. looking at Christmas past aboard ocean liners. From Cunard Line to What about Hanukkah or New Years? Check-out how they turned this steamships into ... Read More »

Princess Cruise Fleet Back In Action

As part of its phased restart plan, Princess Cruises has eight ships back in service in North America. The premium brand first resumed commercial operations in July, offering Alaska cruises with the Majestic Princess. Eight Ships Back in Action in the Caribbean and West Coast Princess is back at two ... Read More »

Anne Rice, one of America’s foremost 20th century authors, Dies at 80

Anne Rice, who has died aged 80 after a stroke, was one of the foremost writers of supernatural fiction, and the author of more than 30 novels. The best known of them was her debut, Interview With the Vampire, published in 1976, and adapted in 1994 into a film starring ... Read More »

PRINCESS PATRICIA first Princess Cruises Love Boat!

T.E.V. Princess Patricia on her first Princess Cruise – docked in Vancouver – heading south to Los Angeles.  Exploring the origin of Princess Cruises and naming the “Princess” ships.  Where did the name of each of their “Love Boat” cruise ships originate? Princess Cruises and the SS Princess Patricia was the ... Read More »

Fear of Flying for DAVID BOWIE just Ships and Trains

David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), 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 ... Read More »