The December holidays are here! Dear readers, are you planning a get-away with loved ones and friends or a solo trip to recharge your batteries and enjoy some ‘me’ time with a good book?
Either way, what is your dream vacation? Apart from jet-setting to exotic countries, a popular choice these days is to simply pack light and book a cruise trip to nowhere. Some cruises do have port-to-call at nearby destinations.
We ventured on a little pick-me-up cruise on a hugeee ship recently, which made us wonder – which is the world’s largest cruise ship? After doing a little research, we have the answer!
Back in 1912, it was the RMS Titanic which was one of the largest and most luxurious passenger liners of its time. Plying the transatlantic route, highlights of the Titanic included squash courts and a swimming pool – even its own hospital and operating theatre – features that were revolutionary for its time.
Over time, passenger liners morphed into cruise liners and formerly utilitarian ocean voyages became sought-after leisure past-times. In 1969, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 became the first great ship of the cruising era. This luxury ship was 294 metres long and could carry 2,000 passengers.
Over the years, ocean liners grew in popularity, size, and power. Today, the world’s largest cruise ship is the Royal Carribean’s Allure of the Seas. This luxury cruise ship is 360 metres long, and can carry 5,400 passengers. With 2,700 rooms and 16 decks, you’ll definitely need a map to navigate it!
Now a cruise-ship fan? Find out more about cruising the high seas through these books:
First class : legendary ocean liner voyages around the world
By Gérard Piouffre.
English 910.45 PIO -[TRA]
The contemporary cruise : style, discovery, adventure
By Iwein Maassen
English 910.202 MAA -[TRA]
Ocean liners: crossing and cruising the seven seas
By Karl Zimmermann
J English 387.2 ZIM
1. Braynard, Frank O. “Ocean Liner.” The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 28 Nov. 2012.
2. “Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship”, Encyclopaedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com/titanic
The Allure of the Seas: The Largest Cruise Ship in the World, Marine Insight News Network, http://www.marineinsight.com/sports-luxury/cruise-industry/the-allure-of-the-seas-the-largest-cruise-ship-in-the-world/
Last accessed: 28 Nov 2012
Post contributed by Averil Tan, Associate Librarian