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Video – Carnival Corp’s Costa Concordia Friday the 13th Cruise Ship Disaster

On the evening of January 13th, 2012, the cruise industry was forever changed after the modern, family cruise ship, the Costa Concordia collided with rocks and sank off the coast of Italy. The thought of a modern cruise ships, catering to families and couples on a romantic Mediterranean getaway, would ... Read More »

Frank Sinatra SP Daylight and Ferry Boat in SF Bay Area

In the 1957 musical film Pal Joey, Frank Sinatra gets off a Southern Pacific train and then heads across the SF bay to San Francisco,  aboard one of the SP Ferry Boats. Oakland Long Wharf was the western terminus of the Southern Pacific Railroad. From there, ferries carried both commuters ... Read More »

40 Ships American Flag Passenger Fleet In 1955

Featured in the Ships and The Sea magazine in the Spring 1955 issue was a complete “handbook” of American-Flag ocean-going passenger ships. The feature story opened with this grim news: “America’s fleet of ocean-going passenger vessels is fast diminishing. 40 active ships with a total passenger capacity of only 12,162 ... Read More »

First Class Alaska Cruise 1950s $11 A Day

A sailing day meant excitement for the Alaska Steamship Company liners. Here is the SS Alaska sailing from Seattle in 1952. A look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. ... Read More »

American 1936 Olympic Team Sails to Nazi Germany on the SS Bremen

The 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain on April 26, 1931, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona (two years ... Read More »

Canadian Pacific’s Liner RMS Empress of Japan

In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent RMS Empress of Japan. The only way to cruise the Pacific during the 1930s. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of the Canadian ... Read More »

The Fall River Line – Overnight New York to Boston – 1834 to 1937

Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the side wheelers and night boats. The Fall River Line was a combination steamboat and railroad connection between New York City and Boston that operated between 1847 and 1937. It consisted of a railroad ... Read More »

Joseph Goebbels Nazi 1943 epic TITANIC movie was never released in Germany

The strange tale of the banned Nazi World War II epic Titanic. Before James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic, the Hollywood Titanic of 1953, the 1958 British film A Night to Remember, and the 1997 Broadway musical Titanic – there was the Nazi German film RMS Titanic. Excellent video on making of ... Read More »

News: Bankrupt Crystal Cruises’ Luxury Liner Ships to be Auctioned

The Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will come up for auction in June, according to a report from Maritime Executive. The luxury cruise ships, part of the defunct Crystal Cruises, have been tied up in the Bahamas since the line ceased operations earlier this year with the wind-up of parent ... Read More »

‘The Love Boat’: How a TV show transformed the cruise industry

Last week, CNN writer Tamara Hardingham-Gill interviewed me on my involvement as a writer for The Love Boat in the 1980s, and a book I am writing on the landmark hit TV series was a major factor in creating today’s cruise industry. Also, as a Travel Historian focusing on the ... Read More »