by William H. Miller
It is hard to think of the passenger liners from the golden era of Mediterranean cruising without also conjuring the nostalgic dream-like vision of azure-blue waters, bright sunshine and swimming pools with clusters of umbrellas and sunbathing passengers.
The great age of Mediterranean passenger liners began in the 1920s when the Italians built their first big ships, such as the Augustus, Saturnia and Conte Grande. In the 1930s, things got really interesting with the creation of the superliners Rex and Conte di Savoia.
In the 1950s and 1960s as Italy built a huge post-war fleet, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Israel commissioned their biggest ships yet. Before air travel spelt an end to liner voyages these vessels were the only way of travelling. They served mainly the United States and Australasia.
This delightful book looks at these ships that comprised the post-war fleets and the excellent photographs will bring back many memories to those of us lucky enough to have seen the great liners of that region. Their like will never be seen again.
This is an excellent book and I would very highly recommend it to our readers.
The History Press
Paperback: 226mm x 246mm, 96 pp illustrated