On its way to Venice in Italy, the cruise ship Norwegian Star sails through the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea. But 60 miles off the coast of Croatia, disaster strikes – and a passenger ends up lost at sea. For ten long hours, then, Kay Longstaff subsequently struggles to survive. Yet, thanks to a miraculous rescue effort, she ultimately lives to tell her incredible story.
Ever since they made their debut in the early 20th century, cruise ships have provided a luxurious way to travel around the world. Yet while such vessels are certainly now more cutting-edge than the elegant steamships of bygone eras, they nevertheless still offer a slower and more relaxing alternative to airplanes. Indeed, traveling by boat provides an adventure where the journey is all part of the experience.
And although cruise ships from the ill-fated RMS Titanic to the stately Queen Elizabeth 2 have had a reputation over the years as being rather formal places, now they often nod towards modern tastes. Today, in fact, the vessels are just as likely to come equipped with climbing walls and cinema screens as they are with gourmet restaurants and smoking lounges.