The cruise ship market is a 30 billion-dollar industry, and in 2013 it is estimated that it will carry more than 20 million passengers; r is there any sign of a slow down in the seven percent annual growth. What keeps the passengers coming in such huge numbers isn't the food, the ports or the entertainment. They come for the magnificent floating palaces themselves, the giants of the sea. In this new book, the author showcases the most influential cruise ships of the last three decades beginning with Royal Caribbean's ground-breaking Sovereign of the Seas. When she was launched in 1988 she was the largest passenger ship constructed since Cunard's Queen Mary entered service some 48 years earlier, and her entry into service sparked a fiercely competitive building boom that continues to this day. The reader is taken aboard thirty of the most spectacular ships to reveal how their invative designs changed the landscape of modern cruising. By employing original and archival photographs, deck plans, cruise programmes, as well as the author's intimate kwledge of many of these vessels, a unique picture is built up of these great ships and it becomes clear that the true Golden Age of Cruising is t in some distant past but exists right w, and that its origins can be traced back to one ship, launched in 1988. A truly sumptuous and fascinating book for all those drawn to the world of the modern cruise ship.
AARON SAUNDERS, a regular traveller on cruise ships, is founder and author of From the Deck Chair, an online site dedicated to cruising and cruise ships. He also writes regularly about travel for the Vancouver Province newspaper, and contributes to the popular Avid Cruiser and River Cruise Advisor sites. This is his first book.
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
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Ships & Waterways: General Interest
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More that 250 colour photographs and line drawings