Ocean liners, like cats, often have many lives. It is easy to lose track of a first class liner or cruise ship after she sails off into the next life. Many ocean liners and cruise ships that were once popular with American travelers sailed on to new names and careers in the British and European market. The British style of cruising has always differed considerably from its American cousin. Britsh taste in food is different and the British were always more accepting of class distinction and separation. Multi class cruises were not uncommon in the UK as recently as the 1970s
With the growing economic position of the UK and Europe, new cruise ships are now being built especially for these markets, but for many years they made do with second hand ships, usually from the US market.
This book was especially enjoyable for me fo two reasons. First, I now have a better understanding of how the UK cruise market operated and grew, usually via charter operators and packaged air sea vacations. My favorite part was the authors' giving concise histories of all the ships that operated in the UK market. I learned a lot about the afterlives of ships I once knew in the US market. Over the years I have encountered familiar looking ships with new names in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, even Alaska.. Some were easily recognizeable, others like the former RCCL ships were altered in major ways. This book is a great reference source when someone asks "Where is that ship now."