Liners to the Sun

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For decades, great ocean-liners were the only way to make passage across the Atlantic. Now, in the age of the jet-engine, the liner serves a much more recreational purpose. Each year, thousands embark on popular cruises to ports from Alaska to Bermuda, from the Norwegian fjords to the Greek Isles, in search of relaxation, adventure and romance. Liners to the Sun revels in the past glories of the ocean-liner and examines with thorough and affectionate detail today's best ships. Ship aficionados and casual cruisers alike will gain a new insight and appreciation for these great ships that have become "floating vacation resorts." Liners to the Sun takes a candid look at their rich history, construction and crew. With stories gathered from years of research as well as his own personal experiences, author John Maxtone-Graham reveals how ship, crew and passenger have changed-and stayed the same. Filled with photos and drawings, this fascinating book proves that the journey, not the destination, is the most fun.

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John Maxtone Graham is a writer and sailing enthusiast.

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This author is best known for his classic on the transatlantic liners, The Only Way To Cross (1972). Here he has writ ten a thorough history of the cruise ship. Most works on liners lament the passing of the transatlantic fleet, but Maxtone-Graham argues that although that era is past, present-day cruise ships carry on the tradition and even surpass it in the luxury and relaxation they provide. Besides providing a fasci nating firsthand description of how large ships are designed and built, he delves into the social structure of the cruise ship, giving the viewpoints of both passengers and crew. Liner buffs should enjoy the chapter dealing with random shipboard emergencies and di sasters. Maxtone-Graham has a very personable writing style, and he inter weaves the facts and technical details into an enjoyable and informative sto ry. John Kenny, San Francisco P.L.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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