Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday photo featuring men in suits and hats lounging on deck chairs made me chuckle. Nobody cruises like that anymore. Do they?
Some time in the summer of 1953, my grandaunt Violetta Davis Ryan vacationed in Hawaii, probably wanting to check out the latest addition to the American family for herself. I do not know when she WENT, but I know when she RETURNED: 10 August 1953.
It might have been this very magazine ad that lured her there.
Anyone who went to Hawaii in the 1950s went on the SS Lurline. It was a first-class ocean liner, one of four in the Matson line that offered luxury cruises between the West Coast of the United States and Hawaii and Australia. A Hawaiian cruise took 4 ½ days from San Francisco to Honolulu. Most passengers spent 9 days in Hawaii before returning to California.
Since Violetta left no pictures of her fancy cruise vacation, I searched the internet for photos of the Lurline in the 1950s. I have never been on an ocean cruise, only river cruises. How different her cruise was from mine!
The Lurline was BIG, accommodating 715 passengers.
The Amawaterways ships like the AmaKristina and AmaViola are long and low so they can go under all those old bridges on the Rhine and the Danube. They carry about 158 passengers.
Staterooms on the Lurline look rather roomy.
Not on my cruise. Upgrades for ROOMY rooms can run as high as $2000 or more PER PERSON. We did not plan to spend much time in the room.
|Our room on the AmaKristina |
small but efficient and comfy
The lounge and Sundeck are much more fun while cruising.
|Wendy and Barry with new friends met on the AmaKristina|
Nancy and John, Patsy and Bill
|A good shot of the lounge|
The lounge on the Lurline was probably lovely for its time.
The dining room on the Lurline reflected the ONE destination.
On the Amawaterways ships, seating in the dining room encourages passengers to socialize with others in comfort and style. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style for the most part supplemented with wait service for those wanting to order something special – and there was ALWAYS something special reflecting the cuisine of the country we were traveling through. Dinner was full service – IMPECCABLE.
|Lunch with new friends Gary and Terry|
on the AmaKristina
Aww, now I’m feeling nostalgic and just want to plan a vacation.
Please join me as we cruise over to Sepia Saturday for more stories and old photos.
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