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FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE)

FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES  AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE) Excellent Video: N.Y.K. Line passenger ship M.S. Chichibu Maru sets sail in 1935 for Shanghai, Hawaii and San Francisco.  The video is probably one of the few surviving films of NYK’s great passenger service.  The NYK Line ... Read More »

LAST OF THE AMERICAN FLAG PASSENGER SHIPS – SS SANTA MARIA – 1983 – DELTA LINES (THE GRACE LINE)

A home video of a trip on the “SS Santa Maria” taken in 1983. This was one of four cargo passenger ships built by Grace Line in 1964 and operated by Delta Lines in the 1970s and early 1980s. These ships were often called the “M” ships. This is of ... Read More »

New DOWNTON ABBEY – PBS 2013 – is disappointing.

New DOWNTON ABBEY is disappointing.  Shirley MacLaine wore jazz shoes and a frozen expression – Yankee ham acting at its worst.  Has Botox come to Downton?  American aging star flops in comparison to first class British performances. (Left: Dame Maggie Smith looks at Shirley MacLaine and wonders if she is ... Read More »

THAT’S HOLLYWOOD! – WHAT THEY READ IN 1929 – END OF THE JAZZ AGE AND BEGINNING OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

The Picture Show Annual in 1929. The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, ultimately leading to the Great Depression. Read More »

DOWN TO THE SEA FOR CRUISING FUN IN THE EARLY 1950s…

For the traveler who couldn’t make a long ocean voyage during the early 1950s, there were still varied trips by water in the USA and Canada. Some were short one-day sails, while others took a week or more and led to some exciting adventures. Most were Canadian flag vessels. From ... Read More »

RARE RMS TITANIC POSTER WILL BE FEATURED IN AUCTION. ESTIMATED TO SELL FOR $15,000 TO $20,000.

April, 1912. The White Star liner “Titanic” leaving Queenstown harbour before making her maiden voyage en route for the USA. New York’s Swann Gallaries will auction RARE & IMPORTANT TRAVEL POSTERS on November 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM.  This sale features many seldom-seen travel images from around the world, and ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic Steamship Line and the S.S. Nuevo Dominicano

Following World War 2, many American run steamship companies used older pre-war ships for cruising. In 1952 there were not many ships around and the larger ones were used for year-round trans-Atlantic along with trans-Pacific. There were not jets and many people wouldn’t fly. In May 1948, the S.S. New Northland was ... Read More »

THE STREAMLINER – UNION PACIFIC’S GREAT PASSENGER TRAINS

Video of Union Pacific Streamliners in the 1930s. Scene 1: CITY OF DENVER arriving in Chicago after making the 1,048 mile trip from Denver in 16 hours. Scene 2: E-2 diesels in 1938 pull the CITY OF LOS ANGELES passenger train in Los Angeles. A Brief History of Union Pacific’s ... Read More »

THE LAST GREAT ITALIAN SUPER-LINERS – TS MICHELANGELO AND TS RAFFAELLO

Excellent Italian news video on the TS Michelangelo and TS Raffaello. The end of the 1950s brought many changes to trans-Atlantic steamship service. Jets started service and began to dominate travel from the USA to Europe. Proud ships such as the Cunard Line’s two Queens and French Line’s distinguished old ... Read More »

SS CATALINA – THE GREAT WHITE STEAMER

A great video on the SS CATALINA from Cruising The Past! The SS Catalina, also known as The Great White Steamer, was a 301-foot steamship built in 1924 that provided passenger service on the 26-mile passage between Los Angeles and Santa Catalina Island from 1924 to 1975. According to the ... Read More »