Cruise - A Brief History of the Cruising Industry
Before the use of airplanes and luxurious passenger jets became popularized
in the 1960s, taking trips on ocean liners was certainly the way to
travel! This is when the Boeing company released their ever popular
747 jets. Back then, taking a cruise was not nearly as pleasurable as
the tourism industry has made it out to be these days, but a surprising
number of people continued to travel this way. During that time, taking
a cruise was usually one of the most cost-effective ways to get from
Point A to Point B on a budget. The popular movie, "The Titanic" tells
the story of Jack and Rose, a man and woman of completely different
social classes who met on a cruise liner and fell in love. Of course,
we all know that the unsinkable ship ended up sinking after all, taking
Jack to a watery grave and leaving Rose to explore her options yet again.
While the falling in love part is a little far fetched, the representation
of the drastic variance between social classes on a cruise liner. Those
who had the money to do so took cruises for many different reasons;
it was a rather pleasurable way to travel if you had the money to afford
the necessary amenities, and for others it was an inexpensive way to
travel. While some people waited below deck in their tight-quartered
ship cabins, others of a higher social class played above deck, dancing
in lounges and bars, dining in fine restaurants, and lounging on the
ship deck or by the pool. Cruising was not the preferred means of travel
back then as it tends to be sometimes nowadays.
There were a few cruise liners for every shipping company. The most
popular ocean liners were large and carried a lot of history with them,
such as the Queen Mary and the Lusitania. While most shipping companies
only held the titles to a few ships, there were enough paying passengers
of every social class imaginable on each voyage to keep the companies
financially well off and afloat--no pun intended.
In the late 1970s the hit television show, "The Love Boat" re-introduced
the cruise ship as a luxurious form of travel. This is when America
got its first glimpse of ocean liners as luxurious maritime hotels.
Taking a cruise gives people the excuse to be lazy for a week or two,
and lounge around playing games, swimming or reading a book by the pool,
dancing in lounges and clubs, and eating in fine restaurants. It was
at this time that shipping companies began to see similar success to
that of the pre-Boeing jet era, and more people began to stay on board
their liners. The cruising industry has been growing in popularity
ever since then.
These days, most cruise voyages can range anywhere from four days to
sometimes two or three weeks! Most ships now feature several different
variations of ship lodging, ranging widely in price, spaciousness and
number of amenities, and it is one of the most popular ways to travel.
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