Chasing the Dawn: Travelling the World with P&O

Author(s): Sharon Poole 

ISBN: 9781781557075
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Discover how world cruising has changed over time, contrasting diary extracts and old guide books with a modern world cruise.
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  • Superbly illustrated from the author’s own private collection of photographs, many previously unpublished 

  • A unique access to behind the scenes as well as a different approach to the subject

  • Contributions from passengers, officers and shoreside staff of P&O Cruises 

  • The author is a well-known maritime writer who is passionate about cruising and cruise ships 

Romance is still attached to sea travel: cruising the world’s oceans in luxury and sailing to far-flung destinations as the first explorers did hundreds of years ago. Some cities are seen at their best by ship, gradually revealing themselves as it sails closer – Malta, Sydney and San Francisco to name a few.

The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. and, today P&O Cruises, have been taking people all over the world since 1837.

Join the author on a world cruise in P&O Cruises’ 180th celebration year. Using extracts from old diaries, guide books and accounts, Sharon Poole compares cruising today with yesteryear. Get a captain’s view of this special voyage and discover what goes into making it a unique experience.

The author was commissioned to assist in planning the itinerary and special excursions, visiting ports that were instrumental in the growth of P&O and which still welcome their ships today.

Discover amazing countries, cultures and sights on a journey that circumnavigates the world in what is a beautiful blend of travelogue and history.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557075
FORMAT 224 x 248 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 128 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 2 November 2018
ILLUSTRATIONS 100 colour photographs, maps and posters



Sharon Poole’s background is in museums as a social historian. Her first book was of local history photographs, which was published in 1987. Poole’s interest in passenger shipping goes back to her teenage years having collected an impressive collection of ocean liner memorabilia. In 2010, she collaborated on her first maritime book and in total, she has published twenty books on both local and maritime subjects, including the official publication to mark 175 years of heritage for P&O Cruises, which was nominated for the Maritime Book Award.