Sailing to the Sun: Cruising History and Evolution

Author(s): William H. Miller 

ISBN: 9781781557037
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A nostalgic voyage of the evolution of cruising and cruise ships in this evocative illustrated book.
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  • A beautiful yet forgotten tale of a bygone era

  • Superbly illustrated with many unpublished photographs

  • Written by maritime’s biggest star – William H. Miller 

The international cruise industry is booming with some 100 new liners being built or on order in mid-2017 with over 25 million travellers.

Sailing to the Sun: Cruising History and Evolution tells the complete story of cruise history – its development, diversity and ships that lead to today’s extraordinary growth and expansion.

This stunning book in crisp colour and mono looks at 150 years of cruising, travelling from port to port for recreation rather than purpose. Early cruising is explored and continues into the 1920s and 1930s when in the Depression era, cruising became a form of escape.

There are further chapters on the Caronia, the most luxurious ship afloat in the 1950s, and the narrative shifts to cruising in the 1960s as airlines eliminated traditional liner services.

Then in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the creation of such mass market cruise lines as Norwegian Caribbean Lines, Royal Caribbean and Carnival. The construction of cruise ships in the 1980s is celebrated and continues in 2017 with the commissioning of the biggest liner yet, the 6,600-passenger Harmony of the Seas.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557037
FORMAT 224 x 248 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 128 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 25 January 2019
ILLUSTRATIONS 31 black-and-white and 185 colour photographs



Known as ‘Mr Ocean Liner,’ William H. Miller has written over 80 books about passenger ships. He has covered the liners large and small, in war and peace, and as collectibles and in post card form. Miller has also penned over 1000 articles about ships and sea travel. He has been a popular guest lecturer aboard such liners as the QE2, Queen Mary 2, Rotterdam & Crystal Serenity for over 30 years. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, just across from the great liner piers of New York City, Miller has appeared in numerous TV documentaries, and news programs and himself has been the subject of a 60-min documentary called ‘Mr Ocean Liner’. Miller has been the recipient of numerous maritime awards.