New York, 1st.ed., 1985. Xv + 495 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, etc; map e.p’s. D.j. (opening out into a chart, cold.). 24 x 17cm. FINE. From the author of The Only Way to Cross comes this detailed account of the great cruise ships past and present (up to 1985) with details of their conversions, design and construction, and the pleasures and occasional perils of life on board. Illustrated with some 250 photographs and drawings (plus a coloured ship-chart on verso of the dust jacket), the author traces the dramatic rise in the fortunes of the cruise ship, replacing the passenger liner that was itself ousted from its prime position by jet aircraft. Includes the cruise ships of the 1930s as well as their counterparts up to the mid-1980s. FINE copy.