Cruising the past looks at the streamliner SOUTHERN BELLE. American deluxe rail travel, 1920s to 1950s, unrivaled anywhere to the present, the epitome of style, in transport, which gave travel its sense of occasion, combined with the right degree of urgency and speed. One such train was the streamliner SOUTHERN ... Read More »
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1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. A nostalgic look at the SS CATALINA and SS AVALON. They were called the BIG WHITE STEAMERS. These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — ... Read More »
Cruising the Past in the 1920s: Travel and society in the twenties. The “Lost Generation” aboard ships, trains and hotels. Getting there for Americans was “half the fun”!
A great youtube video of Flappers… They sailed and cruised aboard foreign flag liners that sold booze… They crossed America aboard great trains… They stayed in famous hotels… Read More »
President Barak Obama’s election is partly due to the thousands of Pullman Porters who organized a union 84 years ago under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph.
President Barak Obama’s election as the first African-American in the White House happened because of the struggle for unionization by A. Philip Randolph and the members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Randolph and the porters worked together to fight many battles and they won many victories for African-American ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – A “retro” youTUBE video of cruising aboard the last American steamship line serving the 49th State!
Watch our new video and see what it was like aboard a 1954 sailing to ALASKA on the SS Alaska. This a great retro 1950s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Views of the ship leaving the Port of Seattle, with streamers, confetti and visitors waving ... Read More »
Watch this extraordinary color film of the French Line’s SS NORMANDIE premiering today on youTUBE. Read More »
Our new video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. 1954 ALASKA CRUISE – a retro 50s look at a style of cruising and travel now vanished. Video Includes: Views of the ship ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History: 10 Day Ward Line Cruise from New York to Havana, Cuba – aboard the SS Morro Castle – $160 and up!
That $160 round-trip First Class fare was from New York to Havana in 1928. Today — you couldn’t cruise to Havana for $160 or a million dollars because the Bush Administration continues to boycott Cuba while aggressively supporting such communist governments as China. But this is not about politics… This ... Read More »
CANADIAN PACIFIC’S “EMPRESS OF RUSSIA” FEATURED IN FAMOUS 1933 JAPANESE FILM – Scenes of the EMPRESS OF RUSSIA sailing from Yokohama in the 1930s
This is the first in a series of steamships and cruise ships from the past featured in films or television. These are scenes of Canadian Pacific’s liner EMPRESS OF RUSSIA leaving Yokohama, Japan, from Shimizu Hiroshi’s MINATO NO NIHON MUSUME (Japanese Girls at the Harbor) filmed in 1933. Until security ... Read More »