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United States Lines SS AMERICA – Didn’t sail in Sept 1963 – because of a strike caused by Harry Bridges…

Maritime unions helped kill the American passengers ship. The SS America leaves 100s of passengers stranded in 1963. The Maritime Unions – corrupt leaders, under gangster control, along with the JET, helped kill American passengers ships.  Maritime strikes were endless throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The workers demanded more ... Read More »

Cruise Ship Review: the Europa 2…

The ms Europa 2 is the newest ship in the Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet—having entered service in May 2013. The all-suite, all-balcony luxury ship holds a maximum of 516 passengers and 370 very dedicated bilingual crew-members. When it entered service, the ship had the highest space per passenger ratio of ... Read More »

1930s… Sailing to France from New York for $159 – First Class

French Line Cabin sailings in 1933 aboard what they called their “Cabin Service”. The Champlain, Lafayette, De Grasse and Rochambeau offered sailings (6 to 7 days at sea) from New York to France on a regular service. Cabin, Tourist (aboard the Champlain and Lafayette) and Third Class. Express service (5 ... Read More »

The SS Monterey sailing to the South Seas in the 1930s…

The SS Monterey was a luxury ocean liner launched on 10 October 1931. She was the third of the four ships of the Matson Lines “White Fleet”, which were designed by William Francis Gibbs and also included SS Malolo, SS Mariposa and SS Lurline. Monterey was identical to Mariposa and very similar to ... Read More »

Happy New Year aboard the last great American Flag Liner…

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 »

Sailing First Class to Italy…

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… This kind of cruising or enjoying a liner voyage from port to ... Read More »

Happy Christmas – Cunard Line

A wonderful look back at a Cunard Line Christmas in 1928… Staff magazine of the Cunard Steamship Company, Christmas 1928 The Cunard Line has a long and fascinating history. It was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried ... Read More »

The Movie Palace – from Hollywood to London to Berlin…

A great history of the past. Thousands of wonderful theaters were destroyed by greedy developers. Especially in Los Angeles – where politicians are paid off by developers. Columbus was lucky – the Ohio Theatre is a testimony to true American spririt. The Ohio Theatre – the greatest restored movie palace ... Read More »

CARNIVAL CORP and cruising to Cuba in 2015…

SS FLORIDA sailed to Havana, Cuba in 1952 for $42.00 per person… A history of taking a cruise to Havana today and yesterday… Florida’s Peninsular and Occidental Steamship Company was a pioneer in today’s billion-dollar Florida cruise business. Until Castro’s regime closed Cuba to cruise ships in 1960, the SS ... Read More »

PAN AM – When flying was First Class…

From the 1920’s until its demise in 1991, Pan American Airlines symbolized all that was luxurious in air travel. Elite fliers packed some of the first commercial use jumbo jets and were treated to delicious rounds of meals served by bright and beautiful young women in couture uniforms. Celebrities, businessmen ... Read More »