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51 vintage photos from the days when cruise ships were glamorous

INSIDER Logo By Sophie-Claire Hoeller of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 52: 
  Today's cruise ships may have ziplines and skating rinks, but
  the cruise ships of yore just exuded a kind of luxury and
  elegance that's hard to find today.
  
  People used to dress up in tuxedos and evening gowns.
  
  To pass time, events like egg and spoon races were
  commonplace.
  
  
    
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  Before air travel became commonplace, cruise ships were the only
  way to travel vast distances.

  If you had the money, these ships (which you would spend weeks
  and months on) were the epitome of class and luxury.

  Sure, nowadays cruise ships boast planetariums and zip lines, but
  what these floating malls lack is the elegance of yesteryear.

  Take a look at these stunning pictures of cruise ships in their
  glory days.

  • Today's cruise ships may have ziplines and skating rinks, but the cruise ships of yore just exuded a kind of luxury and elegance that's hard to find today.
  • People used to dress up in tuxedos and evening gowns.
  • To pass time, events like egg and spoon races were commonplace.
  • Visit INSIDER's homepage for more stories.

Before air travel became commonplace, cruise ships were the only way to travel vast distances.

If you had the money, these ships (which you would spend weeks and months on) were the epitome of class and luxury.

Sure, nowadays cruise ships boast planetariums and zip lines, but what these floating malls lack is the elegance of yesteryear.

Take a look at these stunning pictures of cruise ships in their glory days.

© Getty/William Vanderson

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