The History of Cruise Ships: Then and Now

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The Class Divide of Vintage Cruising

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Modern cruising, which emerged in the 1960s, has very little in common with what it once was, especially considering the evolution of labour laws. The class divide was massive as the staff were forced to go as far out of their way as possible to make the guests comfortable and satisfied. Underpaid and overworked, employees were responsible for every single aspect of the cruising experience…

Stewards waited on the guests’ every beck and call, serving them in their quarters and even helping them dress and undress. Some had several rooms to attend to, while others juggled dozens of rooms all at once. And that’s nothing compared to the crew downstairs. For days on end, working in shifts, engineers and coal men shoveled coal constantly to make sure the ship sailed smoothly…

While the conditions were worse for certain crew members, almost all of them lived in cramped conditions and were served unhealthy food that didn’t make their lives any easier. This was even worse compared to the fancy, first-class meals enjoyed by the passengers. The overall treatment of the crews made cruising incredibly dangerous, but over the years, the industry has found a balance that makes the whole experience better for everyone…