SOS is the most ugliest ship I've ever seen in my life! Bigger doesn't mean better. There are smaller cruise ships today that look just as good and stylish as titanic exterior was. And not to mention the only transatlantic ocean liner the QM2 is so much more stylish and luxurious than that big ugly cruise ship SOS.The Titanic and Normandie would be dinky now alongside modern cruise ships like the Symphony of the Seas, which is longer and heavier than those two.
Are they also more luxurious?
"In modern cruise liners, the onus will be on health and safety, political correctness, hygiene and above all environmental friendliness. But for those who are willing to pay premium prices, luxury can be added on to those requirements."As others have said, I think it is all a matter of taste and expectations of the times.
Long ship voyages were the norm before WW2 and the opulence and decor likely matched the tastes of the time. Also, I am guessing that there was a certain amount of snootiness in the atmosphere of First Class - both passengers and crew contributing. That sort of thing would be considered in bad taste and unacceptable by modern standards.
But several of those ships provided the sort of sanitation facilities that would be considered inadequate my modern standards. Hygiene was not high on the list, I imagine.
Still guessing but a happy medium was probably reached between the late 1940s and late 1950s in ships like the Andrea Doria where comfort and luxury were associated with good passenger facilities.
In modern cruise liners, the onus will be on health and safety, political correctness, hygiene and above all environmental friendliness. But for those who are willing to pay premium prices, luxury can be added on to those requirements.
I understand what you and Charlie are saying and agree. But one doesn't have to go as far back as Edwardian era. When I was young lad and up thru my time in the Navy when people got an airliner they usually were dressed in their best. Coach service in those days were almost always and in someways even better than first class today. Today its almost unbelievable the stuff I've seen on airliners. But a lot of that falls on the airline industry itself when they switched to the cattle car buisness model. But in those days if you showed up in pajama tops, flip flops and spandex pants they would say get lost. I remeber the first time I was on a flight and the stewardess was some dude. I was like WTH... what has happened to the world.? *L*. You get what you pay for I guess.Brilliant post Charley Smith. Imagine Richard Branson or Bill Gates on a cruise in 1912 and wandering around, as they are quite likely to today, in shorts, T-shirts and flip flops (or even bare feet)! Or Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley cracking bawdy jokes at the dinner table. Marian Thayer or Eleanor Widener would have fainted on the spot and while some of the men might have secretly enjoyed the show, they would not dare smile.
But to be honest, after they'd got over the shock and been forced to mingle with modern rich guests, some of the Guilded Age snoots might be secretly missing the fun after the cruise. Informality has the habit on rubbing on the stiffest of upper lips after a while.
True, but it depends on the mindset. I am now 64 years old and the dress code was a lot more formal when I was a kid. But even then I thought that people who wore suits regularly were uncomfortable. We have probably become a bit too casual these days as evidenced by jeans with holes etc. Perhaps some sort of via media is the answer - a sort of 'smart casual' being the norm with the option of dressing more or less formally for occasions as appropriate.I was like WTH... what has happened to the world.? *L*. You get what you pay for I guess.