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“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 »

Merry Christmas on Cunard Line

For more information CLICK HERE to visit the ROYAL NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM website. The Cunard Line celebrates Christmas with a long and fascinating history. The company was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great ... Read More »

SP Streamliner COAST DAYLIGHT was world famous!

The Southern Pacific’s Streamliner Coast Daylight was the West’s finest train in the 1940s, 50s, and early 1960s. Linking Los Angeles and San Francisco via San Jose on a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the edge of the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles. During the early ... Read More »

1860 until 1968 – PULLMAN PORTERS: Service With A Smile!

George Pullman pioneered sleeping accommodations on trains, and by the late 1860s, he was hiring only African-Americans to serve as porters. After the Civil War ended in 1865 Pullman knew that there was a large pool of former slaves who would be looking for work; he also had a very clear racial ... Read More »