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Cruise Ship History

A timeline of cruising takes you through the evolution of luxury travel on the high seas.

Shuffleboard hits ocean liner decks, opening the way for ever-more-posh diversions to come, from photo dark rooms to swimming pools.


The first cruise ship, Prinzessin Victoria Luise, launches the era that favors a journey over a destination.

Sitcom The Love Boat debuts, popularizing cruise trips for travelers who had never considered them before.

Norwegian Caribbean Lines’ Floating Jazz Festival starts the craze for theme trips.

A huge new ship, the 6,296-passenger Oasis of the Seas, features two 43-foot climbing walls.



This article was first published in September 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.