Lifelong Adventure: Life in the luxe lane

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With the arrival of Ritz-Carlton and Virgin Voyages on the horizon, Jillian Bolger explores the new luxe trend in cruising

Cruise ships have come a long way since P&O first introduced its passenger services in 1844. The forerunner of modern cruise holidays, the shipping company advertised its first cruise in 1904 on the 6,000-ton Vectis, a ship fitted to carry 150 first-class passengers. Fast forward to 2018, and the capacity of the world’s largest modern cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s new 228,018-ton Symphony of the Seas, is 5,518 passengers. Aside from the staggering scale of these super liners, it’s estimated that more than 27 million passengers will cruise in 2018, across 314 ocean and river-going ships.

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