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Travelling by sea

Sea travel has developed from unpredictable voyages under sail to the latest luxury cruise ships and fast ferries. Discover the many ways of travelling by sea.
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Liner passengers

Sea travel reached its highest level of speed and luxury in the passenger liners that offered regular services across the oceans. These liners took a long time to develop, but were killed off in just a few years by air travel.
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Cruise Passengers  Cruise passengers

The growth of air travel meant a decline in the number of passengers making liner voyages. The answer was to send the ships cruising. Their splendid accommodation, excellent service and fine cuisine would appeal to passengers going to sea just for pleasure.
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Ferry passengers

For many, a ferry crossing is their first, and perhaps their only, experience of going to sea. Like passenger liners, ferries were transformed by steam. Unlike liners, they have survived and grown bigger and faster than ever.
 Ferry Passengers
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Freighter passengers

Ships offering regular services for freight would accommodate a small number of passengers. With the decline of these cargo liners, such freighter travel began to die out. However, owners of container and other ships have realised there is still a market for freighter travel.
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Quick quiz
Catamarans are popular replacements for ferries - their design and powerful engines allow them to cross in half the time. What is their main disadvantage?
 They have limited space onboard
They cannot sail in high winds
They look ugly

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