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David Bowie, Walt Disney and Elizabeth Taylor were regulars on Cunard Line which celebrates its 178th year of sailing the Atlantic today

David Bowie, Celebrity, Star, Cruise, Travel, Ships, Trains, Fear of Flying, RMS Canberra, SS France, QE 2, Italian Line, Cruising The Past, Michael L. Grace, Cruise History

  Cunard’s current success rests upon a rich heritage of 178 years of building and operating ocean liners on transatlantic voyages. From its earliest days, the Cunard name has been synonymous with leadership in ocean liners and transatlantic travel, a tradition that continues to this day. Hundreds of stars, celebrities, ... Read More »

Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers sail way on the second voyage of the QE2 in 1969

RINGO STARR, PETER SELLERS, CUNARD, QE2

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 »

Aloha! ELVIS PRESLEY cruising to Hawaii in 1957 on the luxury liners SS Matsonia and SS Lurline

Elvis Presley, Hawaii, Matson Lines, SS Lurline, SS Matsonia, Hawaiian Village Hotel, Honolulu, Waikiki, Los Angeles, Colonel Parker, Jailhouse Rock, Celebrities, Michael L. Grace, It's The Love Boat, Cruising the past, cruise history, cruise, liners, steamships, titanic, normandie, ocean liner, white star line, ss america, steamship, waikiki, travel history

Elvis’ love for Hawaii ran deep, and during his lifetime he visited often. Whether it was to perform concerts and benefits, film a movie or just to vacation, the islands would always draw him back. Elvis sailed to Hawaii from Los Angeles aboard the SS Matsonia on November 5, 1957. ... Read More »

Mexico City’s Buena Vista train terminal in the 1970s.

buena vista, ferrocarril de México, trenes Pullman, trenes de pasajeros, años 1970,

This is the first in a series of blogs on the Mexican railway service. These are scenes of Buena Vista Terminal in Mexico City and school children visiting on a morning sometime in the early 1970s. Buena Vista was built in 1961, replacing the older terminal. It was vast and ... Read More »

Liverpool’s Last Ocean Liners

They epitomized the glamour of international travel in the days before airlines stole their trade. At one time, Liverpool’s landing stage was so busy that ships would be literally queuing in the Mersey to discharge and embark passengers. However, the period from the late 1940s saw both the golden age ... Read More »

Albert Ballin created the first pleasure cruise aboard Hamburg-America Line’s S.S. Augustus Victoria in the Gilded Age.

Albert Ballin, Hamburg-America Line, Vaterland, Augusta Victoria, Amerika, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Immigration, Steamships, Hamburg, Liners, Cruise History, First Cruise Ship, Happag

The German shipping magnate was responsible for turning Germany into a world leader in ocean travel prior to World War I. With 25,000 employees, Hapag was the largest shipping line in the world for both freight and people (464,000 passengers in 1913). It was Albert Ballin who also invented the ... Read More »

It’s Oscar time and the Red Carpet Treatment started with the 20th Century Limited

New York Central, Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, Alfred Hitchcock, 20th Century Limited, Pullman, First Class, Travel History, Michael L. Grace, Red Carpet Treatment, Henry Dreyfuss, Trains, Streamliners

The all-Pullman extra fare train that ran nightly between New York and Chicago. Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. It was a “Magic Carpet” high speed overnight Pullman commute between New York and Chicago as pitched ... Read More »

Princess Grace, Cary Grant and Lucille Ball on the S.S. Constitution

The S.S. Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines and had a very glamour career. She was commissioned in 1951, sailing on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence. The ships were two of the world’s most ... Read More »

Hotel Granduca – A 5 star hotel slips because of bad management!

The Granduca "Management!"

The best service at the Hotel Granduca is from the excellent Housekeeping Staff and the Valet Parking Services. Room Service waiters are excellent. Restaurant and bar are okay. As for the front desk… it’s a lottery… Then there’s the owner! Everytime you watch TV you are forced to watch Giorgio Borlenghi do ... Read More »

She came in on the glamorous SUPER CHIEF… The train of the stars!

A movie star arrives in Pasadena from the East Coast aboard the Santa Fe Extra Fare All-Pullman Super Chief in the 1950s. She came on the Super Chief national magazine advertisement. The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena is now La Grande Orange Café. The orignal Santa Fe Station in Pasadena. ... Read More »