Crystal Cruises is part of NYK Line and Cruise Line History. The famous Japanese steamship company saved Jewish refugees escaping Nazi Germany in 1941 aboard the MS Heian Maru. 5 Star Rating from Cruising The Past: Crystal Cruises maintains the great glamor, first class standards and excitement of ocean travel. When getting ... Read More »
GRAF ZEPPELIN, HAMBURG-AMERICA LINE: Germany to Rio de Janeiro – $950 round-trip…
The 1933 American Steamship Guide listing for the Grap Zeppelin’s airship service from Germany to Rio de Janeiro via Barcelona, Pernambuco and Sevilla Connections could be made with Pan American Airways. (Click on image to have a full view.) During the late 1920s and early 1930s, it seemed that hydrogen ... Read More »
1933 TRANS-ATLANTIC OCEAN LINERS: $159 ONE-WAY FIRST CLASS from NEW YORK to HARVE on the FRENCH LINE…
French Line Cabin sailings in 1933 aboard what they called their “Cabin Service”. The Champlain, Lafayette, De Grasse and Rochambeau offered sailings (6 to 7 days at sea) from New York to France on a regular service. Cabin, Tourist (aboard the Champlain and Lafayette) and Third Class. Express service (5 ... Read More »
HISTORY OF CRUISING: THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD
The gentle sensation of the wind and waves, the pleasure of the little luxuries offered on board, the freedom to indulge in spot of traveling: with these promises the cruise industry has been inspiring people for more than 115 years. A retrospective. 160 years ago nobody in their wildest dreams ... Read More »
Cruising The Past: Vintage Photos of Luxury Liners
1926: Benefit all night ball held aboard the White Star Line’s MAJESTIC moored at Southampton. A 1000 guest were aboard the famous liner. Dancing on the decks. Although cruise ships have received some bad press in the past year, they still represent a luxurious vacation away from everyday life. And ... Read More »
WHEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES RODE THE RAILS… President Truman’s “Whistle-stop” Tour…
Social History: Excellent home footage of President Truman on his campaign train “whistle-stop”… Rear of train and Sam Wah cafe during during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948 The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, ... Read More »
Film Review: “The Wolf of Wall Street” demands a huge investment of time for a paltry return.
(Left: Leonardo DiCaprio, Meet Jordan Belfort) The FBI has a word to describe “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese’s over-amped, overdone, over everything take on unscrupulous brokers and their standard and poor behavior. It’s “Grenada,” as in it’s a no-win situation. Like the overmatched islanders futilely trying to fend ... Read More »
SS ALEUTIAN (SS TRADEWIND)… Hawaiian-Pacific’s short bid to compete with Matson Lines during the 1950s with voyages to Hawaii from San Francisco.
Hawaiian-Pacific was hastily organized in 1953 to operate low-price travel to Hawaii from California against its chief competitor, Matson Lines. Matson had the beautiful totally rebuild cruise liner SS Lurline – with air-conditioning, extensive deck space and full first class service. All ships operating between the US mainland and Hawaii ... Read More »
Cruise History: SS TRADEWIND – Caribbean Atlantic Line… Mid-1950s… Cruising from Miami to Ensenada via the Panama Canal for $70 and up.
Cruise History: CARIBBEAN ATLANTIC LINE… the SS TRADEWIND… One of the many companies that tried West Coast cruising Acapulco from the 1940s into the early 1960s that didn’t make it. Princess Cruises was the first company to corner the West Coast market for cruises to Mexico. Caribbean Atlantic was formed ... Read More »
1928 – A CUNARD “FAMILY” CHRISTMAS… and a video history of the Cunard Line…
Staff magazine of the Cunard Steamship Company, Christmas 1928 Video History of the Cunard Line The Cunard Line has a long and fascinating history. It was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain ... Read More »