Historical: what happened to South Africa’s cruise ships?

Some of them were infamous, some of them were souless, some of them sank and entered the annuls of history, while others were unmitigated disasters.

The cruise ships that pioneered the South African cruise industry and proved that Durban and Cape Town could be used as cruise home ports are varied and loved or hated for different reasons, but what became of these ships? 

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Historical: The first passenger ship with electric lights

SS Columbia was also the very first passenger ship, and indeed the first ship of any kind, to feature a dynamo electrical generator.

Aboard Oasis of the Seas, there is an 11,000 pound carousel adorned with 200 light bulbs, which is around the same number of light bulbs that Thomas Edison installed aboard the American steamer SS Columbia in 1880.

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Historical: The difference between an ocean liner and cruise ship

It is because of the ocean liner that the cruise industry remains an evocative subject for many, representing freedom, mystery, adventure, luxury and convenience to different people. But, what are the principle differences between the two?

As the picture below shows, there is no vessel in the world that captures the publics’ attention in the same way as an ocean liner. These incredible feats of human engineering are the largest moving man-made structures in the world, built to carry passengers in comfort through the worst that mother nature can conjure on the high seas.

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Historical: History of air-conditioning at sea

Imagine standing on a sweltering promenade deck aboard a ship rolling sluggishly from side to side as it pushes its way through a lazy swell that shimmers like oil in the hot afternoon sun. There is very little breeze because the ship is sailing with the wind and indoors it feels like a stifling furnace. This was the reality of an ocean crossing during the summer months in warm climates in the early 20th century – until the SS Mariposa set sail in 1931 and changed the ocean liner industry forever.

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