Insight Guides podcast: The history of cruises

Insight Guides: the Travel Podcast is back. For episode number two in the series, we are exploring the fascinating world of cruises. We speak to award-winning writer, Douglas Ward about his experiences in this area of travel over the last five decades.
Cruise ship at sunrise. Photo: NAN728/Shutterstock
Cruise ship at sunrise. Photo: NAN728/Shutterstock


Insight Guides: the Travel Podcast – Episode two

Welcome back to The Insight Guides podcast. For episode number two we are exploring a mode of travel that has captivating historical roots – cruising. We delve into how this travel trend was born, explore its infectious appeal, and discuss how it has grown and developed throughout the travel industry over the last 50 years.

We speak to award-winning Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships author, Douglas Ward, who shares his encyclopedic knowledge and expertise on the subject, having worked aboard cruise ships since the 1960s. Douglas didn’t start out working on cruises – originally he was a jazz musician, but having landed a three-month stint playing on a ship, he fell in love with life onboard cruise liners. He tells us some of his exciting travel tales, from meeting Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, to the story of how he meet his wife on a cruise.


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This episode was produced by Jessie Lawson for Reduced Listening. Special thanks to Douglas Ward.