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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 »

Video: Greta Garbo to Holllywood onboard Liner ms Stockholm 1935

Greta Garbo was a Swedish actress during Hollywood’s silent film period and part of its Golden Age. Regarded as one of the greatest and most inscrutable movie stars ever produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Hollywood studio system. She traveled many times onboard the Swedish America Line from New York to Sweden ... 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 »

Berlin’s Famous Adlon Hotel Nazi Past

One of the great hotels of the world. Berlin was a port of call by train in 1929 — after sailing from New York to Germany aboard the SS BREMEN. Upon arrival, tourists enjoyed a quick train ride from Hamburg to Berlin and then accommodations at the world famous Adlon ... 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 »

Mexico City’s Train Terminal in the 1970s – All Pullman Streamliners

This is the first in a series of blogs on the Mexican railway service. These are scenes of Buena Vista Terminal in Mexico City and school children visiting on a morning sometime in the early 1970s. Buena Vista was built in 1961, replacing the older terminal. It was vast and ... 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 »

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