c. Bob Ecker, June 2021 Think you know your ships? And cruising? Try your luck with these… #1. Which ship is often credited as being the first modern cruise ship, specifically designed for passenger comfort and enjoyment versus simply transport? Name the ship, company and year launched? Answer #1: The Prinzessin Victoria Luise, (named for Kaiser Wilhelm II daughter) was launched by HAPAG on January 5, 1901 from Hamburg, Germany. It was built more for passenger comfort …
Travelers looking for a fun cruise vacation have literally tons of vessel choices. But which one to choose? A “Big” ship or a “Little” ship? What are the advantages and disadvantages to each? Is one perfect for a getaway, a honeymoon, destinations, simple relaxation or best for families? Will there be enough activities, fine dining and wine? Everybody is different so which is best for you? For sake of argument, in the “Big” category I’ll use very …
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