At the launch of the cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth by the Queen, there is was doubting that ocean travel has changed from what was once regarded as its golden age.
The third ship in Cunard's fleet, and the third to bear the Elizabeth name, the vessel is the latest chapter in a story spanning 72 years.
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The £400m ship was officially named by the Queen. In years gone by, such an event would have seen thousands of people straining to view the launch of a new giant on the Solent.
Upon receiving the 92,400-tonne cruise ship from the Italian shipyard where it was built, Cunard president Peter Shanks said he was certain it would be taken into the hearts of the British public, "as they have all the Cunard Queens". The Ship has now left heading for the Canary Island on the first leg of it's round the world Maiden Cruise.
As more and more people looking for a trip of a lifetime, turn away from the dangers and delays of flying and staying at Luxury Hotels, as their every wish is catered for aboard one huge floating five star Hotel of the sea, such journeys have become much more appealing.