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Cruising the Past in the 1920s: Travel and society in the twenties. The “Lost Generation” aboard ships, trains and hotels. Getting there for Americans was “half the fun”!

A great youtube video of Flappers… They sailed and cruised aboard foreign flag liners that sold booze… They crossed America aboard great trains… They stayed in famous hotels… Read More »

Cruise History: Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA. With Caviar the norm – known as the “Green Goddess” – she was the most deluxe ship ever built for cruising.

A Cunard Line advertising film, the cruise of the ship Coronia thru the Mediterranean with stops and side trips to many of the major cities with quick shots of interesting sights and maps showing route as the tour progresses. The Caronia arriving in Long Beach, California, on her 1955 World ... Read More »

Cruise History: Nostalgia will rule the waves on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. New ship will honor the first liner by the same name. Stepping on board Cunard’s latest cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth, will be like walking onto the set of Poirot.

Yesterday, Cunard Line revealed itinerary and design plans for its newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, which is scheduled to enter service on 12 October 2010, giving one of the oldest names in shipping the strength of operating the youngest fleet in the industry. Queen Elizabeth will be the third new ... Read More »

Cruise History: Cruising aboard the SS Alaska in the 1950s. The last years of Alaska Steamship Line service from Seattle.

1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. 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 ... Read More »

Cruise History: Anchor Line and Fred Pansing’s portrait of the RMS Caledonia. Premier liner from Glasgow to New York.

This quality three-quarter portrait view of the Anchor Liner CALEDONIA must have earned Fred Pansing some additional acclaim to his already well established reputation with the passenger liner companies. Bristling with speed and strength, the massive liner is churning water on her way to America. The anxious passengers and crew ... Read More »

Cruise History: Henry Ford, Fred Astaire and Paul Robeson aboard the SS Majestic – Cunard/White Star Line – The world’s largest liner “crossing the pond” during the 1920s.

Take a cruise aboard the SS Majestic through these vintage black and white home movies courtesy of www.shipgeek.com. Bon voyage! Henry Ford with Wife and Friends on Liner: Henry Ford Returns As “John Robinson!” Traveling incognito for reasons best known to himself, Henry Ford, automobile magnate, returned to the United ... Read More »

Cruise History – Rare travel book on the SS MARIPOSA’s last voyage to Scandinavia from California by mystery writer John D. MacDonald and Capt. John H Kilpack

The elegant all first class liner SS MARIPOSA – sailing in the South Pacific of Pago Pago on a Matson Line Cruise in the 1950s. If you can find a copy on Ebay or Amazon, rush to buy Nothing Can Go Wrong By Capt. John H. Kilpack with John D. ... Read More »

20th Century Limited – Greatest train in the world – When everything old is new again, or could be … on today’s New York Social Diary …

Ready for departure in 1947 from Chicago’s La Salle Street Station the opulent Twentieth Century is 16 hours from Grand Central Station, New York. My latest contribution to New York Social Diary – is a profile of New York Central’s 20th Century Limited.  Considered the greatest train in the world.  ... Read More »

Cruise History – Remembering Katharine Hepburn aboard Holland America Line’s great trans-Atlantic liner SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM. A “queen” of Art Deco design and style.

A wonderful Dutch film/video on the great liner. Throughout the 1930s a remarkable period of growth was experienced by the merchant fleets of many nations. This growth occurred in spite of a depression that put a strangle-hold on the world-wide economy. Our thanks to Reuben Goossens, 47 years in the ... Read More »

SS FRANCE – last of the great ocean-going liners.

Enjoy these great full color home movies shot by a lucky couple who traveled on the SS France Eastbound, and the SS Liberte Westbound, here combined to suggest a mythical time when such a trip might have been possible in the early 1960s. Bon Voyage! SS France arrives in New ... Read More »