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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 2nd edition (22 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752444433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752444437
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,349,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Roger Cartwright is the author of many books on marketing, but has a passion for cruise ships. Clive Harvey, editor of Sea Lines magazine has had a life-long love affair with passenger ships.

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The history part is short and missing much detail. After the first 63 pages it is just a list of ships with a short description of their working life - often again lacking in depth detail. Much of this information can be obtained through other web sites providing comprehensive details and better photo's.
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Format: Paperback
Bought this as a present for people who cruise a lot. It went down very well and is useful for those who want to 'talk like an expert'. Good present idea.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In the Afterlife 24 July 2012
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Format: Paperback
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."
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