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Cruise holidays used to be only for the wealthy. In fact the term ‘posh’ which is sometimes used to denote someone who is well off, is said to have derived from the ‘port out, starboard home’ legend supposedly printed on tickets of passengers on P&O (Peninsula and Orient) passenger vessels that travelled between UK and India in late 19th and early 20th century.
Britain and India are both in the northern hemisphere so the port (left-hand side) berths were mostly in the shade when travelling out (easterly) and the starboard ones when coming back. So the best and most expensive berths were POSH, hence the term.
Anyone who has seen the film ‘Titanic’ will know that the cruise ships of the time had very strict class segregation. The ‘lower’ your station in life, the greater your distance between your cabin and the deck!
Thank heavens that those days have gone, and cruise holidays are now available to suit every pocket.
Todays Cruise ships are floating hotels, providing a wide range of restaurants, theatres, shows and other activities to keep everyone, young and old fully entertained whilst at sea. In addition they offer shore excursions when in port so that travellers can experience different destinations and local customs in a single holiday.
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