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2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point!

2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point! Baz Luhrmann’s new 3-D movie “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, ... Read More »

Social and Cruise History: Sinking feeling: unease about Titanic II plan… cruising for masochists and ghouls?

Social and Cruise History: Sinking feeling: unease about Titanic II plan… Titanic II… I agree with Hazel Gaynor’s piece in the Irish Examiner. The “Titanic II” is just another media gimmick. No one in their right mind is going to sail across the Atlantic on some seven day recreation of ... Read More »

THE GREAT GATSBY STYLE – a 1929 cruise aboard the Swedish America Line’s MS KUNGSHOLM…

Brooks Bros. collection for the new film The Great Gatsby – very 1929 cruising fashion…  The First Class Lounge on board MS Kungsholm – by many regarded as one of the most beautiful rooms afloat. The MS Kungsholm (II)/Italia – 1928 – 1965 The MS KUNGSHOLM was built in Hamburg, ... Read More »

The cargo-passenger ships MV EVITA and MV EVITA PERON offered liner service to Argentina from Europe and the USA. They featured cruises to South America…

Liner and Cruise Line History: Does Madona know that Eva Peron had two ships named after her?  The Argentine cargo-passengers liners were called the MV EVITA and the MV EVA PERON. They were similar in design to the MV JUAN PERON. The ships operated from Argentina (South America) to Europe ... Read More »

GOOD MORNING! – Breakfast aboard the Cunard Line when “getting there was half the fun”! MAD MEN memories – during the 1950s and 1960s… Specialty of Cunard: Onion Soup Gratinée Lyonnaise for breakfast…

Specialty of Cunard:  Onion Soup Gratinée Lyonnaise  for breakfast…  During the heyday of Trans-Atlantic service, Cunard Line’s extensive fleet of ships, from the RMS Queen Mary to the RMS Caronia, provided extensive breakfast offerings in all classes.  We’ve included first, cabin and tourist class breakfast menus.  These menus are for ... Read More »

CRUISING THE PAST AUCTIONS – RMS TITANIC and RMS QUEEN MARY MEMORABILIA…

CRUISING THE PAST AUCTIONS – RMS TITANIC and RMS QUEEN MARY MEMORABILIA… RMS QUEEN MARY AUCTION… April 26th: Grogan and Company Auction: LARGE ASSEMBLAGE OF RMS QUEEN MARY ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS, RENDERINGS AND PLANS; Morris & O’Connor, N.Y., Architects; the renderings of various interior sections of the ship comprising approximately 156 ... Read More »

1930s Liner History – The MS PILSUDSKI … they call this ship the Polish “Titanic”…

MS PILSUDSKI docks in New York – 1938… On November 26 1939, over seventy years have passed since the Polish legendary ocean liner M/S Pilsudski, one of the largest and most modern passenger ships that sailed under the Polish flag, sank off the English coast. Today, the ship herself is ... Read More »

NASCAR’s earliest days forever connected to bootlegging…

Social History: NASCAR’s earliest days forever connected to bootlegging… Bootlegger speeding away. Perfect training ground for NASCAR. The stories would be very nearly clichéd, if they weren’t at the same time oh-so true. If you’re even remotely familiar with NASCAR lore, you know the tales. A bunch of dirt poor ... Read More »

A NEW YORK SUMMER CRUISE TO CANADA – 1937

1937 CRUISE – NEW YORK TO NOVA SCOTIA ABOARD EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY From Youtube: home movies, a trip to Nova Scotia leaving from Pier 18 in NYC. (Some notes indicate it may be 1937.) We see Yarmouth and Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, some large passenger ships, some of coastal Canada ... Read More »

The RMS QUEEN OF BERMUDA – One of the great mid-century cruise liners…

The RMS Queen of Bermuda docked in Hamilton, Bermuda – 1950s. One of the most beautiful cruise ships of all times. The Furness Line vessel was designed for cruising to Bermuda in the style of a great liner and lasted until 1966. Read More »

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