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Books - The Dutch "TITANIC" the second STATENDAM sunken as JUSTICIA

The "Dutch TITANIC", laid down 1912 as STATENDAM, seized by the British Royal Navy to become the trooper JUSTICIA. A new book by historian Tamás Balogh is the first compendium about that liner, that never saw civil service, and was lost during WWI.
While TITANIC is ostentatiously called the most luxurious liner, STATENDAM offered luxury features that recalled the grandness of lounges and luxuries of the German Ballin trio - e.g. a Main Lounge two decks high, between the first and second funnel, a two deck high Dining Room, as well a Wintergarden of one and a half deck hight. OLYMPIC Class only offered one deck high salons ...
by Earl of Cruise
The first STATENDAM (10,322 GT) was constructed and inaugurated in 1898 and had been sold to ALLAN LINE in 1911.
When STATENDAM II was laid down in Belfast at HARLAND & WOLFF the Dutch liner was the nineth largest liner in the world with 32,234 GT (IMPERATOR laid down 1910 - 52,117 GT, AQUITANIA laid down 1910 - 45,647 GT, LUSITAN…
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Cruise - First same-sex couple dared to board the TUI Mein Schiff Fleet

Same sex marriages on board MEIN SCHIFF fleet, as well on board CELEBRITY CRUISES. Both companies serve the upmarket mass market in the cruise industry.
A gay marriage on board a ship is the dream of many, which became an offer onboard many cruise ships, depending on the law of the flag state. CELEBRITY CRUISES was a first to offer that oportunity. TUI CRUISES followed the same year, 2017. Both cruise companies fly the Maltese flag. Malta is member of the EU and it is a common agreement within the western EU countries following the basic human rigth of equal rights. Germany in a stride legalized at the end of the last legislation period same sex marriages. by Earl of Cruise
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Books - The Dutch "TITANIC" the second STATENDAM sunken as JUSTICIA

The "Dutch TITANIC", laid down 1912 as STATENDAM, seized by the British Royal Navy to become the trooper JUSTICIA. A new book by historian Tamás Balogh is the first compendium about that liner, that never saw civil service, and was lost during WWI.
While TITANIC is ostentatiously called the most luxurious liner, STATENDAM offered luxury features that recalled the grandness of lounges and luxuries of the German Ballin trio - e.g. a Main Lounge two decks high, between the first and second funnel, a two deck high Dining Room, as well a Wintergarden of one and a half deck hight. OLYMPIC Class only offered one deck high salons ...
by Earl of Cruise
The first STATENDAM (10,322 GT) was constructed and inaugurated in 1898 and had been sold to ALLAN LINE in 1911.
When STATENDAM II was laid down in Belfast at HARLAND & WOLFF the Dutch liner was the nineth largest liner in the world with 32,234 GT (IMPERATOR laid down 1910 - 52,117 GT, AQUITANIA laid down 1910 - 45,647 GT, LUSITAN…

Luxury Cruise - Luxury Cruise ship ambiance, what to expect

The ambience to expect on a luxury cruise shipThose who did not have the chance growing up in wealthy surrounding may feel intimidated by the "rich and beautiful", they may feel as underdogs, not accepted and such ... It is all about having self-assuredness or not, which is not depending on having money or not. There is only one thing to avoid: creating an alternative world around and about you! The fact you can afford such a luxury cruise, and enjoying being pampered, is reason enough that you as "once in a lifetime" luxury cruiser will be accepted. But don´t play a role, or brag around to be accepted - a no go!
by Earl of Cruise

A suite (suite in music an "episode or sequence") or suite of rooms is a series of rooms (of at least two or more lounges for sleeping, living or working purposes, which together with at least one full bathroom with WC form a common room) of similar function and higher furnishing standards, which are connected to each other or onl…

Cruise - A new MEIN SCHIFF 1 is comming

The new MEIN SCHIFF 1 is comming 2018 to replace the existing MEIN SCHIFF 1 the former CELEBRITY CRUISES vessel GALAXY, later CELEBRITY GALAXY. After a multimillion € refit by transforming normal outside cabins into balcony cabins, and lengthening the up to 262 meter with a new sponson at the stern (beam 32,2m, draught 8,5m).
The existing and the new MEIN SCHIFF 1 are no luxury cruise vessels, but in the mass market a real premium product. The passenger numbers are near to 3,000 and the crew at 1,000, which will be stress for the crew per se.
I want to give a first glimpse at the interiors of the new MEIN SCHIFF 1. In comparison to the WOW and EFFECT hashing cruisers, a calm designed ship interior. by Earl of Cruise The new MEIN SCHIFF 1, rendering - courtesy TUI CRUISES The former GALAXY was the first new ship of the ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES Ltd. and TUI GROUP´s joint venture - TUI CRUISES. GALAXY lost its US American tastes related interiors at BLOHM+VOSS with the consulting of German…

Heritage - ORIENT EXPRESS living history

The living legend ORIENT EXPRESS ORIENT EXPRESS, its name alone is evoking dreams and longings. Immediately one is remembered  about Agathe Christie and her brilliant crime novel - `Murder on the ORIENT EXPRESS´ - and we see Hercule Poirot and the suspects. by Earl of Cruise
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When in 1883 the first Express train of a new formed luxury train company, founded by its brainchild Georges Nagelmakers, Paris left for, at first Giugiu in Romania, left, Mr. Nagelmakers may have dreamed, that his luxury express train should become the synonym for luxury, comfort and speed. And indeed the ORIENT EXPRESS turned into the Queen of Trains - often copied, but never outdone in its fame. Alone the destination, the Orient, was a place of longing and dreams. And that very train fulfilled those dreams within a short time. No longer weeks to go down to Istanbul, and into the Ottoman Empire, but days - the continent grew closer, became smaller.
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Design - Is appearance important? Of ships?

Is appearance, the look, important? Of cruise ships? Design is question of taste, which is based on upbringing and is used to see. But there s the "golden cut/ratio", the principles of aesthetics.
First of all for us, the species of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (the modern man) - YES! It makes life easier, the way of life, the choice of a partner ... There are enough and sufficient and good investigations. And why else do we plunge into the fitness studios, why are the casting shows booming for super models (models are actually discovered in other ways), cosmetic surgery...?
But beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.
Is appearance important? Especially the look of cruise ships?
by Earl of Cruise
Luxusliner, Kurt Ulrich
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Books about Palazzo Colonna
Books about the liner NORMANDIE The Greeks in antique ages, found the principles of aesthetics, and created the rule of.
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HISTORY - German Greyhounds III

Armistice 1918 and Versailles 1919, Germany was deprived of its German Greyhounds.
by Earl of Cruise
Laid up German Greyhounds, on the right: ss KRONPRICESSIN CECELIE and ss KAISER WILHELM II source, courtesy NEW YORK TIMES July 16th, 1929 was a great day for Germany, ss BREMEN was setting sails for her inauguaral crossing to New York. 4days, 17h, 42later (22nd) she snatched the Blue Riband off of rms MAURETANIA - source: Bundesarchiv Only ten years after the Versailles Peace Treaty, with 2 billion Goldmark anual reparations for the next 58 years, a raging inflation till 1923 (introdution of the Rentenmark), the resurging Germany and NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD was back at the top again. Phoenix rose from its ashes. The Allies of WWI got hold of countless German vessels during the war. German vessels did seek refugee in neutral ports. Later during the war, that all wars should end for the future, these countries turned into enemies and seized the interned vessels. As it happend with the United Sta…

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Destination - Capri, Dolce Vita and Legends - a cruise on board ANDREA

Capri filled with legends, over boarding beauty and Italian `dolce vita´ More than 190 years after the German painter August Kopisch's `discovery´ of the Grotta Azzurra in 1826, Capri (it is pronounced `KAH pree´, with an accent on the first syllable) is the most sophisticated island in the Mediterranean. The sound of its name evokes nostalgia, beauty and enthusiasm. And more so, each one of us can and will find its `own´ Capri. by Earl of Cruise
During a Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Venezia on board the yacht like ANDREA of ELEGANT CRUISES & TOURS one of the beautiful destinations has been Capri ...

Capri smells of sweet life, light moments, riches and pomp. It is the island of love and happiness. Capri is the place for yearning, dreams and wonderful craziness. Capri is a myths in the Mediterranean Sea, unique and tender, full of promises. Capri is a promise.
Rudi Schurike `Capri Fischer´, 1943, only a short time after the recording, the song was blocked by the Nazi…

HISTORY - One of the earliest steam ship companies in the world ÖSTERREICHISCHER LLOYD was founded in 1833 - II 1855-1914