Thursday, 25 November 2010

Cruise Ships on stamps.

A cruise ship or cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ship's amenities are part of the experience, as well as the different destinations along the way. Transportation is not the prime purpose, as cruise ships operate mostly on routes that return passengers to their originating port, so the ports of call are usually in a specified region of a continent.
The modern cruise ships, while sacrificing qualities of seaworthiness, have added amenities to cater to tourists, and recent vessels have been described as "balcony-laden floating condominiums".Cruising has become a major part of the tourism industry, accounting for U.S.$27 billion with over 18 million passengers carried worldwide in 2010.

On year 2005, Gibraltar has issued stamps featured Gibraltar Cruise Liners. The ships that have been illustrated on the stamps are:
The Circassia (38 p); an established caller to the Rock during the 1950’s.
The Nevasa (40 p); a frequent visitor to Gibraltar during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
The Black Prince (47 p); a familiar sight at the Rock during the 1990’s .
p366The Arcadia (£1); the newest ship from P & O Cruises which coincidentally is also the largest cruise ship built specifically for the British market and visited the Rock for the first time on the 27th May 2005.

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