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The Golden Age of Luxury Ocean Liners Webinar

'The Golden Age of Luxury Ocean Liners' Webinar

Fri Feb 04, 2022

'The Golden Age of Luxury Ocean Liners' Webinar

Time Fri Feb 04 2022 at 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm

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“[It's a] floating city… a microcosm [that] carries a small world within it...where you could expect to meet all instincts, follies, and passions of human nature.” -French author Jules Verne (1871) traveling to America on Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s ocean liner, Great Eastern

Before the advent of commercial transatlantic flights in the early 1950s, the only way to travel between continents was by sea. And while shipping companies began by building their ocean going vessels for speed, by the turn of the 20th century, they were designed purely for leisure. Though what exactly made these luxury lines so elegant, comfortable, and downright fun? It's time to delve into the ocean liners that made getting to the final destination half the fun!

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the golden age of ocean liners — spanning from the late 19th century to the 1950s, this period of transatlantic travel featured luxury ships that featured everything from impressive architectural elements to a myriad of onboard facilities like swimming pools, tennis courts, and even nightclubs.

Led by historian Lucy Jane Santos, our virtual "cruise" surrounding the era of elevated ocean travel will include:

  • How ocean going vessels evolved from those designed for speed to recreation and comfort, thanks to ‘floating palaces’ like the Olympic, Aquitania, and Titanic built in the Gilded Age and beyond
  • A discussion of the social and political changes that led to a focus on mass tourism, along with the development of advertising ocean travel to consumers
  • A deep dive into the competition amongst shipping companies to accommodate passengers of all budgets
  • The less-glamorous side of luxury ocean liners, from the amenities offered to third-class passengers to hard work endured by crew members to keep the ship afloat
  • A close look at the leisure facilities offered by the new generation of Art Deco ocean liners including the Île de France, Levianthian, Normandie, and Queen Mary
  • How the Second World War and commercial transatlantic flights changed ocean travel for ever

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A session with Lucy — any and all questions about the golden age of ocean liners are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

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***A full replay will be available after the experience for all registered guests

About Lucy

Lucy Jane Santos is an expert in the history of 20th century leisure, health, and beauty.

After completing a BA in Egyptian Archaeology and a MA in Arts and Heritage Management Lucy worked for several private members clubs and societies in London including The Arts Club, the Authors’ Club, and the International Wine and Food Society.

She has been a judge for the Historical Writers’ Association Non-Fiction Crown, the recipient of the Stephen Joseph Research Award and was the Non-Fiction Writer In Residence for the Stay-at-Home! International Literature Festival (2020). She is a founder of the Art Deco Society UK and co-founder of the Cosmetic History and Makeup Studies Network.

Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium is Lucy’s debut book and was shortlisted for the 2021 BSHS Hughes Prize, for books that bring scholarship to new readers by capturing the public imagination while conforming to the rigorous standards of academic research. Her next book, which is a history of the element uranium, will be published in 2024.

Lucy also works as a freelance historical researcher and consultant.


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