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History of Cruising – From the Britannia to the Love Boat

EARLY CRUISING The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England and to be concerned with ... Read More »

Sailing to Alaska – In 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. Alaska Line video –  A retro 1954 sailing. A retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the ... Read More »

Mid-Century Modern – The Delta Line sails to South America

The Delta Line was cruising to South America from New Orleans in the 1950s. The steamship company introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South American services in the post-war years of the 1940s. In keeping with the trade name of the company, “Delta Line,” the three vessels were given ... Read More »

Liners President Juan Perón and Eva Perón – Europe to Argentina

Alberto Dodero is a completely forgotten name in today’s world, but in the mid-20th century, he was the major shipping tycoon in South America. Having the advantage of Argentina being neutral, His fortune greatly expanded during World War II with his cargo ships alone bringing a $5,600,000 profit (almost $100 ... Read More »

China’s TITANIC will be ready to “sail” in 2018

The $125 million full-size replica of the doomed ship is now half complete in China as engineers ‘work around the clock’ on the ‘highly anticipated’ tourist attraction. Everything on the new ship would be an exact copy of the original, from the decoration to the food. Builders are said to ... Read More »

CARNIVAL Cruise Line’s MARDI GRAS, the first FUN SHIP and former CP Liner RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA.

Canadian Pacific Lines in 1972, faced with dwindling passenger numbers on the North Atlantic,  sold the RMS EMPRESS OF CANADA to Micky Aronson’s new Carnival Cruise Lines Ltd. The Empress of Canada, soon to become the Mardi Gras. Aronson was very clever and lucky to select one of the Canadian ... Read More »

The Streamliner COAST DAYLIGHT was considered the most beautiful train in the world

The Southern Pacific’s Streamliner Coast Daylight was the West’s finest train into the 1950s, linking Los Angeles and San Francisco in a glorious daylight trip, streaking along the edge of the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred breathless miles. Chair car passengers had full access to the Coffee Shop, ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – Father Browne’s photos of the first day at sea…

The Titanic didn’t just send hundreds of its passengers to the bottom of the ocean—it also took all the evidence of what life was like on board for the ill-fated travelers. Or at least it would have, were it not for Francis Browne. A short film about the Father Frank ... Read More »

Eastern Steamship Lines from Maine to Florida.

Eastern Steamship Lines operated coastwise overnight passenger services along the Long Island Sound between New York and Boston and to other Northeast Coast ports including Portland, Maine, along with services to Canada and cruises. In 1901, Charles Wyman Morse merged the Boston &. Bangor Steamship Company, the Portland Steam Packet ... Read More »

Mid-Century ALCOA Cruises to the Caribbean in the 1940s and 1950s.

ALCOA operated three passenger cargo liners to the West Indies.  They were modern post-WW II ships, elegant yet casual service with extensive itineraries. Because of shipping shortages in World War I, Alcoa (formerly the Aluminum Company of America) developed its own shipping line to carry bauxite from its source in what ... Read More »