For those who like their luxuries, here is an interesting comparison. This is a typical Lanai Suite from Matson Lines’ 18,163-ton 632-foot ocean liner Lurline, which sailed between San Francisco and Honolulu from 1932 into the 1960s. From 1957, she offered a First-Class only service for 475 passengers, also offering occasional cruises to the Pacific between her regular Hawaii sailings.
Fifty years later, here is a typical balcony suite on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 42,830-ton 739-foot Europa 2, introduced last year. Have some fun and count up the similarities (that room divider for one thing) and the differences (Venetian blinds vs balcony for another) betwen the two styles, which, although separated by half a century, are very similar.
Europa 2 carries 516 passengers in all-balcony accommodation in the best style, offering 7-night itineraries in the Mediterranean by summer and skighty longer Far East itineraries by winter. She is rated by…
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