By Adelina Pohl. type of ships. Published at Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 - 14:25:09 PM.
The number of cruise tourists worldwide in 2005 was estimated at some 14 million. The main region for cruising was North America (70% of cruises) where the Caribbean islands were the most popular destinations.
The first vessel built exclusively for luxury cruising was Prinzessin Victoria Luise of Germany designed by Albert Ballin general manager of Hamburg-America Line. The ship was completed in 1900.
As of 2019 the worlds largest cruise-ship was Royal Caribbean Internationals Symphony of the Seas along with its three sister ships Harmony of the Seas Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas which round out the top 4 largest cruise liners in the world.
The cruise of the German ship Augusta Victoria in the Mediterranean and the Near East from 22 January to 22 March 1891 with 241 passengers including Albert Ballin and wife popularized the cruise to a wider market. Christian Wilhelm Allers published an illustrated account of it as Backschisch (Baksheesh).
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