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Arosa Line 1950s Bargain Students Immigrants Cruises

Arosa Line was the trade name for Compañia Internacional Transportadora. The steamship line bought older ships, sailing Trans-Atlantic and on winter cruises out of New York. Thousands of emigrants came from Europe to Canada and the USA on their four ships. In 1949, the shipowner Rizzi had bought his first ... Read More »

Davie Bowie refused to fly. Ships and Trains only for the famous star.

David Bowie, 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 other superstars would take the Concorde or ... Read More »

APL – American President Lines – San Francisco’s Gateway to the Orient

American President Lines was a leader in providing passenger liner services between California, the Far East and Around The World. San Francisco was the company’s headquarters for years, and Bay Area residents, from San Jose to San Raphael, would see their great ships as they headed to work on ferry ... 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 »

Mid-Century Design Matson Line Office Los Angeles

Raymond Lowey’s basic design philosophy was behind the creation of the interiors for Matson’s luxury liner Lurline and modern ticket office in downtown Los Angeles. These were the ultimate in mid-century design for California’s famous steamship line. Raymond Loewy, whose modern concept of everything from fountain pens to airplanes, ships, ... Read More »

The CPR liner RMS Empress of Japan was “Queen of the Pacific”

This famous liner was the fastest passenger ship on the Pacific when completed in 1930, known as the ‘Queen of the Pacific’, and she was particularly noted for her stunning First Class Art Deco public room interiors.The In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction ... Read More »

Dec 7 1941 Pearl Harbor Bombed – SS Lurline heads for San Francisco

Matson Lines SS Lurline was half way from Honolulu to San Francisco on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The liner arrived safely in San Francisco with passengers from California and the USA on December 11th. The liner arrived safely in San Francisco with passengers from California ... Read More »

Elvis Presley Cruises To Hawaii From California In The 1950s

Elvis Presley, Hawaii, 1957, Matson Lines, Michael L Grace, SS Matsonia, SS Lurline

Elvis Presley’s love for Hawaii ran deep, and during his lifetime he visited often sailing to and from San Francisco & Los Angeles on board Matson Lines liner-cruiseships. Whether it was to perform concerts and benefits, film a movie, or just to vacation, the islands would always draw him back. ... Read More »

How To Communicate With Someone On A Cruise Ship And Ashore

When you are sailing on a cruise ship, how to communicate with other passengers onboard. Watch the video: WATCH the video and see how to stay in-touch with traveling companions along with friends, family and business associates onshore. Why take a look at the video? Because it will give free ... Read More »

Cruising to South America on mid-Century streamlined Delta Lines.

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 »