Ocean liners conjure up an instant image of luxury. The great salons and smoking room, the suites, the staterooms and even the indoor swimming pools. This book will look at a century or so of the decor of ocean liners. It begins with the likes of the Mauretania, commissioned in 1907, and shows the Edwardian flourish and finery--the palm court days. We move into the 1920s & '30s, to Art Nouveau, German Bauhaus and of course the high glamour of Art Deco. Ships include the Paris, the innovative Ile de France, the Bremen and the stunning Normandie and Queen Mary. Then there is post-war moderne, 'mid century' as it is dubbed today, and finally the contemporary of the current cruise generation--the floating resorts.