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1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company

Cruise and Social History: 1950s ALASKA CRUISE – Retro August 1954 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. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the ... Read More »

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES… one of the greatest American movies ever made…

William Wyler’s 1946 masterpiece, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, is the story of three servicemen and the trials they face readjusting to society and their families after World War II.  It is one of my all-time favorite movies, and though it is almost three hours long, the first time ... Read More »

J. D. SALINGER (Catcher In The Rye) was a cruise director aboard Swedish America Line’s MS Kungsholm in 1941…

Cruise History: Catcher In the Rye’s J. D. SALINGER was a cruise director aboard Swedish America Line’s MS Kungsholm in 1941… MS KUNGSHOLM on Caribbean Cruise – by 1941, with the war in Europe, most liners were not crossing the Atlantic. For the following information we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his excellent ... Read More »

Holland-America Line History – Cary Grant aboard the SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM – THE MOST GRACIOUS OF ALL THE TRANS-ATLANTIC LINERS.

Cary Grant was a big fan of Holland-America Line…   Holland-America Line’s beautiful SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM at the 5th Street Hoboken terminal of the line in 1952. In 1938 one of the most popular and finest ocean liners ever built entered service as the new flagship. SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM (1938), a ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE CRUISE INDUSTRY…

SS NORMANDIE – The greatest luxury liner in 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, Advertisement in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United ... Read More »

THE LOVE BOAT AND PRINCESS CRUISES – History of Princess Cruises – The “first” Love Boat!

Princess Cruises History: Exploring the origin of Princess Cruises and their naming the “Princess” ships. Where did the name of each of their “Love Boat” cruise ships originate? A painting by Michael L. Grace of the first “Love Boat” and original cruise ship of Princess Cruises – the PRINCESS PATRICIA. ... Read More »

LOVE BOAT sails into the Sunset…

One of the most famous cruise ships of the modern era, the former Pacific Princess, has made a final voyage to a scrapyard in Turkey. The 42-year-old vessel, recognizable to millions of Americans as the “Love Boat” of 1970s and 1980s television, will be dismantled for its metal and parts. ... Read More »

THE ENTERTAINERS SEEM TO HAVE MORE FUN BACKSTAGE ON CRUISE SHIPS…

This site just isn’t about the past… And the following youTUBE video proves the crews are always having more fun. This was shot aboard the Norwegian Sun. The show, presented by the ship’s entertainers, is far more entertaining than the usual dreary show put on by the cruiseline. All those ... Read More »

UNION STEAMSHIP – CANADA AND ALASKA

The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern ... Read More »

Sending out “SOS” to save the SS United States…

Great video of the SS United States in the early 1960s… Monaco’s Prince Rainier and his princess, the former Hollywood star Grace Kelly, were guests aboard the SS UNIED STATES. Final ‘SOS” – SS United States faces the scrap heap unless more money can be found to save the historic ... Read More »