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Former child star Shirley Temple Black on the good ships “SS Mariposa” and “RMS Queen of Bermuda”…

Sailing to Bermuda (seen above en-route from New York to Bermuda) during the height of her stardom — Shirley Temple died Feb 10th at the age of 85. As a nine-year-old in July, 1938 she embarked for a holiday in Bermuda accompanied by her parents, two toy dolls, three armed bodyguards and a new insurance policy taken out by Hollywood studio ... Read More »

Gloria Swanson, the famous actress, and A’Lelia Walker, the “joy goddess of Harlem’s 1920s” – sail to Europe aboard the SS PARIS…

1925: American actress Gloria Swanson (1899 – 1983) and her husband, Marquis Henri de la Falaise on board the SS Paris. A’Lelia Walker was also aboard sailing in First Class along with Miss Swanson.  Miss Walker would have selected the French Line because France was viewed by many African Americans as a welcome change from the widespread backward racism in the United ... Read More »

Cruising to Alaska in the 1950s…

Our own Cruising The Past video featuring the Alaska Steamship Line and their flagship SS ALASKA.  Sailing to the Inside Passage and into northern waters during the 1950s.  Clips from family films along with documentaries on this famous American flag carrier. The Alaska Steamship Company was formed on August 3, 1894. Charles Peabody, one of the six founding members, served ... Read More »

Cruise and Liner History – What happened to the Passenger List?

Is it time for Crystal Cruises, Holland-America Line and Princess Cruises to bring back a directory of who is aboard? Cruise History: Looking back at passenger lists – “the bible” of travelers aboard the great liners and cruise ships. Passenger lists were given to all those booked aboard liners and cruise ships up until the 1970s. From Cunard to the French Line, the ... Read More »

1956 – The STOCKHOLM and the ANDREA DORIA… Tragedy at Sea…

Video of the MS STOCKHOLM… Cruise History: MS STOCKHOLM – Collided with the Italian Line’s Andrea Doria and, as the MV ATHENA, was attacked by pirates.  The Italian press called the Stockholm the “ship of death” (La nave della morte). The Stockholm returning to New York after her collision with the Andrea Doria. Her bow severely damaged. MV Athena (formerly ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – the Smithsonian story and interviews…

For over a decade, “Titanic” stood as the world’s top-grossing movie, an epic tale of love, adventure, disaster and sacrifice. When it was made, James Cameron was lauded for his attention to detail and accuracy, but modern technology and new theories are telling a different story of what really happened to the “unsinkable” ship. Smithsonian interviews historians, engineers, and scientists ... Read More »

MSC CRUISES carries on the tradition of the famous Italian Lines… Wonderful liners like the SS REX…

MSC CRUISES carries on the tradition of the famous Italian Lines… wonderful videos of the early Italian Line ships…  MSC Lirica There is the Italian feeling and ocean going charm of years past. A time when the Italian Line was operating many great ships. The great thing about MSC Cruises is the ships are really Italian and not a hodgepodge ... Read More »

Three young American boys sail first class to Italy aboard the Italian Line’s SS Leonardo da Vinci in the late 1960s…

Three young American boys sail first class to Italy aboard the Italian Line’s SS Leonardo da Vinci in the late 1960s… They are sailing from New York to Italy and will be spending the summer visiting their grand-parents… The following video is a wonderful look at a world now “gone with the ocean going wind”! This kind of cruising or ... Read More »

American flag cruise ships and liners during the 1950s…

This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving goodbye — something rarely seen today. See the ship ... Read More »

AMTRAK – America needs to overhaul our national rail service.

Third rate airlines are not the answer!  It is time to look at the past and find a FIRST CLASS rail service that will compete with the shoddy and dreadful experience of flying in the USA. To economists and financial analysts whose obsession is return on investment, opinion leaders advocating smaller government, and corporate executives captivated by stock prices, Amtrak ... Read More »

NYK LINE – CRYSTAL CRUISES HISTORY…

Cruise line history: Crystal Cruises and NYK LINES. Parent company of Crystal Cruises history in the 1920s and 1930s.  Crystal Cruises carries on a great tradition…  Japan had one of the great passenger liner fleets. NYK carries on with a wonderful first class cruise line fleet since they created Crystal Cruises.  Ad from Travel Magazine in the late 1930s. CRUISE HISTORY – SAILING ... Read More »

1939: Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE…

Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE – Greatest liner to ever “cross the pond” from Europe to America. Wonderful new color film of the elegant French Line steamship. Never before seen… August 28, 1939 – The last voyage aboard the SS Normandie. One of the great videos of the greatest liners of all time. The French Line trans-Atlantic liner. ... Read More »