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THE COAST DAYLIGHT – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIN IN THE WORLD – WHEN FIRST CLASS WAS FIRST CLASS AND NOT AMTRAK

The Southern Pacific’s Coast Daylight – America’s most beautiful train!  When First Class was First Class and not Amtrak. First Class Parlor Car Travel aboard the Southern Pacific’s COAST DAYLIGHT – when the passengers dressed to kill.  Woman in Parlor Car during the late 1940s – going from San Francisco ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE CUNARD LINE

Social History: History of The Cunard Line Cunard Line was the only company to continue regular transatlantic ocean crossings by liners after the 1970s.  The French Line, Italian Line, the United States Line had gone out of business.  Swedish America Line, Holland America Line along with Home Lines continued but ... Read More »

GREAT VIDEO BY CRUISE ENTERTAINERS – WHAT YOU DON’T SEE!

Instead of those boring shows presented by the cruise lines – the ship’s should rely on their entertainers.   This is a great video of cast members doing their own show instead of the slop created by dreary “stars” like Barry Manilow. All those cruise lines advertise what great times ... Read More »

LOOKING AT THE GRACE LINE

Liner History – The Grace Line Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands ... Read More »

HISTORY OF CRUISING – FROM THE 1830s TO THE LOVE BOAT

HISTORY OF CRUISING – FROM THE 1830s TO THE LOVE BOAT: History of Cruising – Cruise Ship History 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 ... Read More »

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – CRUISE REVIEW

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE CRUISES REVIEWS – LOOKING AT A GREAT MARITIME TRADITION – HAL HAS A GREAT PLACE IN SOCIAL TRAVEL HISTORY (LEFT – FAMOUS STAR GARY GRANT WAS A BIG FAN OF HOLLAND AMERICA LINE) Holland America Line has enjoyed a distinguished record of traditional cruises, world exploration, and ... Read More »

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

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE HISTORY – A SOCIAL HISTORY – LOOKING BACK AT THE SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM. 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 ... Read More »

QE2 – CUNARD LINE’S QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 – NEW WEBSITE DEVOTED TO THE LINER’S HISTORY

HISTORY OF THE QE2 – Cruise and Social History. The Queen Elizabeth 2, or QE2 as she is commonly known was the flagship of the Cunard Line for nearly 40 years. QE2 made her maiden voyage in 1969 and was one of the last great Transatlantic liners. At 70,327 tons ... Read More »

SOCIAL AND CRUISE HISTORY: ARE THESE PHOTOS FROM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA? TAKE A GUESS OR CONTRIBUTE. DO YOU KNOW?

Paul Swift sent us the following great photos.  The ship is departing.  Crowds, streamers and farewells.  Paul couldn’t exactly state where the ship was departing from and had no record in connection with these photos.  He suspected it was Sydney, Australia.  I consulted maritime expert Peter Knego, Maritime Matters, and ... Read More »

ICON-WEB AWARD WINNER

A Social History wins honors – The number one “Hip” Historical Website of 2009. Retro meets today! The ICON-WEB AWARD is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1998 during the Web’s infancy, the ICON is presented by The European Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, ... Read More »