Luxury on the Water: The History (and Future) of Cruising

Stephen M. Payne / Naval Architect

You’ve booked your ticket, checked-in and gone through security – so Welcome On-Board! We’re about to set sail on a remarkable voyage of discovery charting ocean travel from 1838 through to the present day. We’ll see how pioneering steamships crossed the North Atlantic and other oceans on scheduled services and how the first cruises developed. We’ll follow the rapid development of the ocean liner and witness the disasters that brought in new safety measures, and chart the demise of traditional liner services and the emergence of the modern-day cruise industry. We’ll conclude by taking some time to consider how cruising has been affected by coronavirus, and what the future may hold when cruising returns.