The History of Cruise Ships: Then and Now

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Cruise Habit

Nothing says “vacation” like a nice trip on a cruise ship. Millions of people every year spend a week or so traveling to tropical destinations around the world, enjoying luxury accommodations along the way. Cruising is a massive part of the tourism industry, responsible for over $30 billion annually. While the last couple decades have seen a surge in popularity, cruising has been around for centuries…

Cruising originated back in the 1800s, when it was a lot more exclusive than it is now. Only the richest people on the planet could afford to experience a cruise, and it would be that way for a while. At first, cruising existed to serve aristocracy and royalty with expensive food and drinks, as well as stately accommodation. Unfortunately, for the first century of cruising, this came with a price…

While the actual price tag was high for passengers, the cost of cruising had much more of an effect on the crew. But construction, engineering and transportation are all completely different now than they were then, and this article will give you an in-depth look at exactly how much has changed over the last two hundred years…