The Only Way to Cross, John Maxtone Graham s classic history of the great transatlantic liners, was published twenty years ago, followed in 1985 by Liners to the Sun, his colorful sequel about life aboard cruise ships Now, with Crossing the art deco luxe of Normandie, French dream liner of the 193Os and the rebirth of fabled France as Norway, closing the circle on an immortal ship that once crossed but now cruises Here, too, are the marvels and problems of contemporary cruising the sleek lines of customized ships, the crews that man them, and the corporate high jinks that drive the industry to seek ever larger markets.More than just vivid social history, Crossing Cruising cultures what it was really like on board then and now the sophisticated ambience of Cunard and White Star, the crowded squalor belowdecks, and the Formica and glass of today s liners Rich in detail, broad in scope, Crossing Cruising is a voyage in itself, evoking salt air, cabin lore, deckchair wisdom, shipyard savvy, and marketing guile Sail as a fellow passenger with an entertaining guide who knows his ships well and loves them all....
|Title||:||Crossing & Cruising: From the Golden Era of Ocean Liners to the Luxury Cruise Ships of Today|
|Publisher||:||Scribner s First American Edition edition September 1, 1992|
|Number of Pages||:||311 pages|
|File Size||:||579 KB|
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Crossing & Cruising: From the Golden Era of Ocean Liners to the Luxury Cruise Ships of Today Reviews
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.
As a shipwreck historian (it’s what I do) I study ships of all types and sizes. Currently engaged on a huge project involving the history of passenger-ships, my never-ending quest for information in recent years has favoured that particular genre. Although published in 1992, I came to this work because of the sub-title which reads; “From the golden era of ocean liners to the luxury cruise ships of today” in the expectation of finding an historical treatise on the subject. It is no such thing.