Cruiseships were on the cusp of a giant transformation the year that TradeWinds first hit the printing presses. Thirty years later, the industry and its ships are barely recognisable.
The cruise fleet in 1990 was small, and so were the ships. The industry’s first megaship, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 76,049-gt Norway (built 1961), a converted transatlantic liner, had been in service for a decade.
It was a pioneer that proved that large cruiseships could work, but in terms of igniting the fuse of a trend towards big cruiseships, it was a slow-burner.