This text surveys the history of the ocean liners. Each great ship, from the "Titanic" to the "QE2", epitomized the designs and fashions of its age while at the same time representing the national aspirations of its flag nation. With prestige at stake, competition between these ships was intense. Through this book we not only witness the evolution of 20th century style and design, which was encapsulated in the luxury liners, but also meet some of the icons of the century: the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein and Frank Sinatra.
Kurt Ulrich has specialized in travel writing and photography for more than 25 years. He has taken 180 voyages, on every sea. He lives in Zurich, Switzerland.
Travelling by liner - the rise, glory and fall of the transatlantic liners: Great Eastern - the first of the ocean giants; Titanic - the end of a dream; Imperator - glory of the Kaiser on the Atlantic; Bremen and Europa - pioneers of a new generation of ships; Normandie -almost the perfect ship; Queen Mary - a ship with "character and personality"; United States - the fastest ocean-going giant of all time; Michelangelo and Raffaello - the beautiful Italians; France -yesterday luxury, today mass tourism; Queen Elizabeth 2 - the last "Queen of the seas"; Sea Cloud - a lady all in white; Vistafjord - a classic on the world's seas; Explorer - en-route to the white continent; Seabourn Legend - as exclusive as a private yacht; Wind Song - south sea dreams under sail; Europa - Germany's number one cruise liner; Sovereign of the Sea - a ship sets new standards.