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The SS Canberra – Last of the liners…

The World of the 1950s was witnessing the jet age when P&O made plans for their newest ship. Designed for the Australia service, she was built at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, the same yard that built the infamous Titanic of 1912. Named for Australia’s capital city Canberra, she would ... Read More »

The T.S.S. EVITA and the T.S.S. EVA PERON….

Does Madonna know that two passengers ships were named after Eva Peron (Evita)? The Argentine liners were called the T.S.S. EVITA and the T.S.S. EVA PERON. The “Eva Peron” liner/cruise-ships…  They were similar in design to the T.S.S. JUAN PERON. (Our thanks to Timetable Images for these great photos: www.timetableimages.com). The ships ... Read More »

The People’s Republic of Cruiseland …

The cruise industry is coming to China. Tai Chi on the lido deck, anyone? Bloomberg aboard the Costa Atlantica… Aboard the Italian-themed cruise ship Costa Atlantica, two days’ sail from the coast of China, at a special dinner for high-paying passengers, head chef Daniel Martinez began by explaining the concept ... Read More »

Les Paquebots: Tahitien and Caledonien – Sailing from France, via the Panama Canal, to Cambodia and Vietnam.

The Messageries Maritimes ships, the Calédonien and the Tahitian (later reborn as the cruise ship Atalante), sailed for two decades (1952 to 1972) on regular round trips lasting almost four months between Marseilles and Sydney. The two ships were beautifully designed passenger-cargo liners. These handsome ships carried cargo, passengers, and ... Read More »

$42 Carnival Cruise from Miami to Havana…

In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida. This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals. Sailing to Cuba aboard the S.S. Florida. Up until now, due to the US embargo, ... Read More »