THE DELTA LINE – CRUISING TO SOUTH AMERICA – MID-CENTURY

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The Delta Line  was cruising to South America from New Orleans in the 1950s. The steamship company introduced three revolutionary passenger-cargo ships to its South American services in the post-war years of the 1940s. In keeping with the trade name of the company, “Delta Line”, the three vessels were given “Del” names DEL NORTE, DEL SUD and DEL MAR. The ... Read More »

5 STAR ADONIA CRUISE SHIP REVIEW – FIRST CRUISE TO CUBA FROM U.S. IN DECADES…

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May 2016 Cruise To Cuba and Review of Carnival Cruise Line’s new 704-passenger Adonia Some history…  Before the 1959 Cuban revolution, cruise ships regularly traveled from the U.S. to Cuba, with elegant Caribbean excursions departing from New York and $42 overnight weekend jaunts leaving twice a week from Miami, said California-based cruise ship historian Michael L. Grace. New York cruises ... Read More »

The classic Italian liner SS REX in the movies…

Irving Berlin and Moss Hart, famed song writers, sail aboard the SS Rex in the 1930s...

There are three Atlantic crossings in the 1936 excellent film Dodsworth directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston & Ruth Chatterton. They were seen on board the RMS Queen Mary, the RMS RMS Aquitania, and the SS Rex. The film demonstrates how liners were used like today’s Jets to get back and forth from the USA to Europe. A ... Read More »

The Sinking of the RMS Lusitania – 101st Anniversary

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Saturday, May 7th marks the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania, the Liverpool-built passenger ship whose destruction sparked the United States’ decision to enter World War I in 1917. “Enlist” (mother and child drowning), by Fred Spear, June 1915. WWI recruitment poster published by the Boston Committee of Public Safety just a month after the Lusitania sinking. ... Read More »

SS ATLANTIC… 1958… $40 a day first class and $25 a day tourist class…

SS Atlantic departs on her maiden voyage from New York to Antwerp and Amsterdam - June 11, 1958...

AMERICAN BANNER LINES – From a failed pioneering tourist liner to a celebrated university at sea. July 1958 – First Class Trans-Atlantic Crossing $312.  Tourist Class $214.  Seven days at sea, eight nights, transportation and all meals. $40 a day first class and $25 a day tourist class. Times have changed. American Banner Lines 1957-1958 Arnold Bernstein chartered in the ... Read More »

The Union Steamship Company…sailing north from Vancouver to Canada and Alaska in the 1950s…

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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 BC sites. He also realized there was little competition in ... Read More »

SS CAP ARCONA… 5,000 plus dead… the other TITANICS…

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The Nazi “Titanic” and one of largest maritime disasters of all time. The 27,561 gross ton liner, named after Cape Arkona on the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, was launched in 1927. She was considered one of the most beautiful ships of the time, was the largest German ship on the South American run, and carried upper-class travelers and steerage-class ... Read More »

CAP ARCONA – Video

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The Cap Arcona was a large German luxury ocean liner, formerly of the Hamburg-South America line. It transported passengers between Germany and South America until 1940 when it was taken over by the German Navy. All prisoners of German wartime concentration camps who perished while in German custody are routinely regarded as “victims of Nazism” — even if they lost ... Read More »

The SS Canberra – Last of the liners…

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The World of the 1950s was witnessing the jet age when P&O made plans for their newest ship. Designed for the Australia service, she was built at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, the same yard that built the infamous Titanic of 1912. Named for Australia’s capital city Canberra, she would operate jointly with Orient Line’s new Oriana, also under construction ... Read More »

Carnival Cruises announce cruises from USA to Cuba (First Since 1978)…

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Carnival’s Fathom brand cruises will be the first from the USA to Cuba since 1978 and the first from Miami since 1959. The parent company of Carnival, Princess and eight other cruise brands on Monday said the Cuban government had approved its previously announced plans to begin sailings to Cuba out of Miami in May. The cruises, which already are on sale, will ... Read More »