Author Peter Longley’s New Book “Twenty-Five Years before the Mast” is a Study of the Effects of Technological Change on the Cruise Ship Industry in the Last Century

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Recent release “Twenty-Five Years before the Mast” from Page Publishing author Peter Longley is a fascinating look at the profound changes wrought by technology on the cruise ship industry in the latter half of the twentieth century as recounted by a cruise director with over two decades of experience on some of the world’s premier lines.

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Peter Longley, a Scottish-born former cruise ship director on the glamorous Queen Elizabeth II among other prestigious ships, has completed his new book “Twenty-Five Years before the Mast”: a captivating exploration of life both above and below decks on these extraordinary floating cities at sea. From gala buffets to musicians’ strikes, from entertaining royalty to evacuation at sea, from dry docks to exciting ports of call, Longley takes you there. You will meet fabulous entertainers and extraordinary passengers, from Bob Hope to South African president Nelson Mandela. Readers will also encounter murder at sea, a ninety-foot wave, garbage disposal, and how terrorism has changed security forever.

Longley traces this fastest-growing area of the leisure industry from its imperial roots, with elite members of society traveling the lifelines of empires, to the fabulous world cruises that attracted eccentric passengers. See how technology changes shipboard pastimes and how the jet plane changes itineraries and entertainment. See how the computer changes everything.

Finally, readers can take a look at the industry today with nearly four hundred cruise ships plying the seven seas. See how a few corporations now run the industry and ships range from condominiums at sea to luxury river barges.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Peter Longley’s engrossing memoir provides an insider’s perspective on the luxury cruise industry.

Readers who wish to experience this behind-the-scenes look can purchase “Twenty-Five Years before the Mast” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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