Book Review: CRUISE SHIPS a Design Voyage

CRUISE SHIPS a Design Voyage

By Bruce Peter

Although the age of the passenger liner came to an end in the 1970s, the past fifty years have seen a renaissance in sea travel with the amazing rise of the cruise ship. This year over 25 million passengers travelled globally, and exciting new ships are entering service on a regular basis. In his latest book Professor Bruce Peter, Reader in Design history at The Glasgow School of Art, has produced another beautifully produced volume which tells the story of the design of the cruise ship from the origins of cruising to the behemoths of today.

What sets this book apart from others is the precise explanation, not only of how interiors have changed but also of the impact of marine design on hull construction and types of engines. It is a fascinating tale which has never been explained in such a clear manner before. The first fifty pages feature the period from the early “cruising yachts” to QUEEN ELIZABETH 2. The remainder of the book is taken up with the arrival of the first purpose-built, mass-market Caribbean cruise ships and the subsequent global expansion of cruising.

This is a complex subject full of facts, which Bruce Peter has managed to explain with his usual easy to read text supported by carefully chosen images. He has also interviewed various leading interior designers which gives the book an even greater authoritative edge.

Cruise Ships a Design Voyage is the best shipping history book I have read in a long time. I also learned a lot of interesting facts. For example the use of bubble technology to reduce the use of drag to improve energy efficiency. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn more about the evolution of the cruise ship.

* Published by Ferry Publications Limited, PO Box 33, Ramsey, Isle of Man, British Isles, IM99 4LP

tel: +44 1624 898446, email, A4 hardback, 208 pages price £25 plus post and packing.

Review by Peter Newall



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