25 Historical Photos That Offer A Glimpse At All The Glamor That A Cruise Ship Traveling Was Back Then

Ocean travel used to be a luxurious affair.

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If you could afford the upper decks, that is.

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Ships were built with painstaking attention to detail, and meant to resemble the finest hotels on dry land.

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You’d even get a maid to help you unpack.

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The architecture was stunning.

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You could barely tell that you were in the middle of the ocean.

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Opulence was key.

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Before airplanes became commonplace, traveling by ship was the only way to cover long distances.

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People would spend entire months on ships (like Greta Garbo and Mauritz Stiller, pictured here traveling from Europe to the US in 1925).

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So it’s no surprise that ships had gyms…

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…no matter how quaint these may seem today.

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When locked up for so long, people needed the opportunity to move.

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How stunning is this pool? It even has a little fountain.

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It’s like an ancient Roman spa.

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Pre internet and smartphones, people came up with all sorts of ways to pass the time.

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They played this weird game with rings…

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…engaged in a round of tug of war…

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…and set up boxing matches.

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To pass the time even further, dinners were long, drawn out events.

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And dining halls were fit for a king.

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They had detailed murals…

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…incredible skylights…

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…and intricate carvings.

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They almost looked more like opera houses than cruise ship cafeterias.

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Accordingly, people got really dressed up.

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