The author knows and loves cruise ships and the now defunct "passenger liner" and his insights gleaned from many months at sea on these vessels is related in elegant and fascinating prose. One reviewer had complained that the author had a choppy presentation, depending too much upon his personal experiences on various vessels rather than scholarly research. First of all, he has shown a wealth of book-learning about the subject and his opiniond of the modern cruise ships on which he has sailed are informed by this research. I don't find his views idiosyncratic, but quite astute. I wish the book had been updated to reflect the cruise ships and industry of the 20 years since this work was published, but one can look forward to more on this topic from the prolific author.