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Cruise Line History: Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina” sailed away on the French Line’s S.S. LIBERTE – Installment 1 – Cruiseships or Liners in the movies…

Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) being driven by her father (John Williams) to sail away on the S.S. LIBERTE. This is one of the final scenes from Paramounts SABRINA directed by Billy Wilder in 1954. Sabrina Fairchild ( Audrey Hepburn) is seated in the front seat of a limousine with her chauffeur ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Special CLASSIC TRAINS Issue … When “cruising” started on trains operated by THE PULLMAN COMPANY that connected with the great liners…

For great coverage of The Pullman Company and deluxe All-Pullman sleeping car trains such as the Santa Fe SUPER CHIEF check out the latest issue of Classic Trains and click on this link to order a copy. The Pullman Company operated the deluxe trians that acted as “boat trains” to ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Holland America Line’s R.M.S. NIEUW AMSTERDAM – One of the largest, most luxurious and modern vessels every built…

The fabulous R.M.S. NIEUW AMSTERDAM on youTUBE. Our thanks to the excellent website ROYAL REGALS – a History of Ocean Liners for various photos and information on this ship. Other photos are from Holland American Line brochures in the Cruise Line History collection. The Nieuw Amsterdam was a statement in ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – THE SS NORMANDIE in happier times…

A wonderful newsreel short from youTUBE on the S. S. NORMANDIE… The extraordinary French ocean liner began her maiden voyage from Le Havre to New York on May 29, 1935. Acknowledged as the center of High Society on the North Atlantic, the Normandie was the grandest, most luxurious and artistic ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – THE ANCHOR LINE to India and Pakistan

In 1838 two brothers, Nicol & Robert Handyside set up business in Glasgow as ship brokers and merchants trading with Russia and the Baltic ports. Towards the end of 1852 Thomas Henderson, an experienced ship master, joined the firm. It was not until 1856 that the title of Anchor Line ... Read More »

Cruise History – Anchor Line’s “S.S. THE CITY OF ROME” the first great cruise liner. More souvenirs from the golden gage of cruising.

THE CITY OF ROME – Constructed of iron, clipper stem, three funnels, four masts, single screw and a speed of 16 knots. There was accommodation for 271-1st, 250-2nd and 810-3rd class passengers. She was considered by many to be the most beautiful steamer ever built and was one of the ... Read More »

SS NORMANDIE – on film

Great youTUBE look at the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE. Probably the greatest ocean liner of all times. Read More »

UNITED STATES LINES – New York to California and Mexico – $250 first class and up – s.s. MANHATTAN and s.s. WASHINGTON

With World War 2 on the horizon, in 1940 the US Lines was operating cruises to Mexico and California because very few Americans were traveling to Europe. It was quite a bargain. Read More »

AMERICAN PASSENGER FLEET IN THE 1950s – 46 Ships! Today there are three large cruise ships flying the American Flag while 80% of the cruise market is in the USA. Talk about outsourcing!

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Cruise Line History – PANAMA PACIFIC LINES finished – From 1938 TIME MAGAZINE

Many American flag steamship lines — APL, Matson, Moore-McCormick, Grace, etc. — faced a similar fate as Panama Pacific Lines did when the US withdrew their mail and operating subsidies to carry military personnel in the 1960s. The same fate happened to the American railway system in the late 1960s ... Read More »