THEN AND NOW: Photos that Show How Glamorous Cruise Ships Used to be

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Cruises have always been a luxurious gateway to a world of comfortable traveling. This immersive, luxurious way to see the world for decades which floors everyone has undergone many a changes. The Insider has put up a compelling list of these changes.

While the formal dinners and ball gowns of the old days may have turned into buffets and flip flops, a variety of cruise ships continue to offer a host of amenities and travel routes that keep people coming back. Here’s how cruise ships in the glory days compare to today’s ocean liners.

An Occasion To Dress Up

Going on a cruise used to be an occasion to dress up for.

A woman waves from the deck of a cruise ship in the early 1900s. Wikipedia

We’re talking gloves, heels, and fancy hats.

These days, a swimsuit cover-up will do.

These days, a swimsuit cover-up will do.

A woman wearing a crochet swimsuit cover-up. Mila Supinskaya Glashchenko/Shutterstock

The casual look is in.

Men wore three-piece suits.

Men wore three-piece suits.

A couple on a cruise ship. Wikipedia

Very swanky.

T-shirts are the norm now.

T-shirts are the norm now.

A couple takes a selfie on a cruise ship. michaeljung/Shutterstock

No need to dress up on vacation.

Fun Activities

As far as activities go, egg and spoon races were all the rage.

As far as activities go, egg and spoon races were all the rage.

An egg and spoon race. Getty / J. B. Helsby

The race involves balancing an egg on a spoon and running without dropping it.

Most modern cruise ships have casinos.

Most modern cruise ships have casinos.

A cruise ship casino. Yevgen Belich/Shutterstock

No kids allowed.

Sports on the cruise

Boxing in dresses and heels on deck was also popular.

Boxing in dresses and heels on deck was also popular.

Boxing. Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

It’s doubtful that anyone actually got knocked out.

Today, basketball is the preferred sport.

Today, basketball is the preferred sport.

A basketball court on a cruise ship. Solarisys/Shutterstock

Good thing the court has netting to keep the ball from flying into the ocean.

This graceful “athletic display” in 1933 was put on by staff members of the London and North Eastern Railway on their company cruise liner.

This graceful

On board the SS Vienna in 1933. William Vanderson/Getty Images

Women’s sports gained popularity in the 1930s.

Contemporary athletic displays take the form of rock climbing walls.

Contemporary athletic displays take the form of rock climbing walls.

A rock climbing wall on a cruise ship. Solarisys/Shutterstock

Julian Austin worked on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship for seven months running the ship’s rock climbing wall.

Stunning Entrances

Inside the ships, grand foyers made for stunning entrances.

Inside the ships, grand foyers made for stunning entrances.

The foyer of the RMS Majestic. Wikipedia

There’s a reason cruise ships are called floating cities.”

Foyers are just as grand today.

Foyers are just as grand today.

The crew of a cruise ship in the foyer. Arthur Edwards/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Some cruise ships are incredibly luxurious.

Grand Staircases

Sweeping staircases never go out of style.

Sweeping staircases never go out of style.

A staircase in First Class aboard the SS Rex. Wikipedia

Who can forget the iconic staircase from the movie Titanic?

They’re still part of the décor of many modern cruise ships.

They're still part of the décor of many modern cruise ships.

A spiral staircase on a cruise ship. Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Nothing complements a spiral staircase like a chandelier.

Dinning Arena

First class dining rooms spared no expense.

First class dining rooms spared no expense.

The First Class Dining Saloon on the RMS Aquitania. Wikipedia

Certain food items are worth the splurge on cruises.

The magic hasn’t been lost on today’s cruise ship dining rooms.

The magic hasn't been lost on today's cruise ship dining rooms.

A modern cruise ship dining room. Yevgen Belich/Shutterstock

Ambient lights and colorful decorations make them feel like fancy clubs or wedding halls.

Dinner was a formal evening affair.

Dinner was a formal evening affair.

Dressed up for dinner. Flickr/1950s Unlimited

People got dressed up to eat the evening meal.

Dining on today’s cruises… not as much.

Dining on today's cruises... not as much.

Counter service. Romrodphoto/Shutterstock

Cruises are known for their expansive buffets.

Cruise Gym Area

Vintage cruise workout rooms contained vintage exercise machines.

Vintage cruise workout rooms contained vintage exercise machines.

A vintage cruise ship gym. Wikipedia

Gym equipment has evolved over the years.

Sleek, electronic workout gear is the new norm.

Sleek, electronic workout gear is the new norm.

A cruise ship exercise room. ER_09/Shutterstock

Rowing machines are more efficient than treadmills, according to one doctor.

Swimming On The Cruise

Outdoor swimming pools on the ship’s deck are a classic part of the cruise experience.

Outdoor swimming pools on the ship's deck are a classic part of the cruise experience.

Relaxing by the pool. Flickr/1950s Unlimited

Swimming pools likely contain more pee than you’d like to know about.

Those haven’t gone anywhere.

Those haven't gone anywhere.

A present-day pool. Vintagepix/Shutterstock

The world’s largest swimming pool is in Chile.

One-piece jumpsuit-style swimwear was trendy back in the 1920s.

One-piece jumpsuit-style swimwear was trendy back in the 1920s.

Passengers sitting on the side of the swimming pool aboard the liner Berengaria in 1922.Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Swimsuit styles have changed.

In addition to regular swimming pools, some cruises have surf centers.

In addition to regular swimming pools, some cruises have surf centers.

A surfer rides a wave at the surf center on board the Freedom of the Seas ship.Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Surfing is now an Olympic sport.

Dancing On The Cruise

Dances were a popular activity.

Dances were a popular activity.

Dancing on deck of the Majestic. Brooke/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Some cruises hosted charity balls, like the All Night Ball aboard the Majestic.

Attendance isn’t what it used to be.

Attendance isn't what it used to be.

A mostly-empty dance floor. Chris Helgren/Reuters

People would rather watchDancing With the Stars than dance themselves, it seems.

The ballroom used to be the place to be.

The ballroom used to be the place to be.

Guests dancing in the ballroom aboard the Berengaria. Puttnam/Getty Images

Guests wore gowns and tuxedos on the dance floor.

Dance parties today look and sound a little bit different.

Dance parties today look and sound a little bit different.

A dance party on a cruise ship. vvoe/Shutterstock

The ship’s open bar probably helps, too.

Music on the Move

In the glory days, orchestras would entertain guests.

In the glory days, orchestras would entertain guests.

An orchestra on board the Britannic in 1931. Sasha/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

While wearing tuxedos, of course.

While live music is still the norm, the look has changed: now there are piano bars with thematic seating arrangements.

While live music is still the norm, the look has changed: now there are piano bars with thematic seating arrangements.

A piano bar on a cruise ship. Debbie Ann Powell/Shutterstock

It’s never too late to learn to play piano.

What lounge would be complete without lounge music?

What lounge would be complete without lounge music?

A cruise ship lounge. Fox Photos/Getty Images

Jazzy piano music is timeless.

There are still pianos in cruise ship lounges.

There are still pianos in cruise ship lounges.

A piano lounge. alysta/Shutterstock

Celebrities like John Legend have been known to sit and play pianos in public places unannounced.

Cruise Furniture

The 1950s made way for funky furniture in living rooms and cruise ship lounges.

The 1950s made way for funky furniture in living rooms and cruise ship lounges.

The tourist class lounge on the Norddeutscher Lloyd liner Bremen. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The 1950s were a different time, as indicated by popular advertisements from those years.

Modern cruise ship lounge furniture still comes in unique shapes.

Modern cruise ship lounge furniture still comes in unique shapes.

A cruise ship lounge. Elijah Lovkoff/Shutterstock

Chair or nap pod? Or both?

Deluxe rooms were decorated with wood paneling and high-end linens.

Deluxe rooms were decorated with wood paneling and high-end linens.

A deluxe cabin on the liner Strathaird in 1948. Central Press/Getty Images

The small, round windows provided an ocean view.

There’s still paneling on the walls of luxury suites.

There's still paneling on the walls of luxury suites.

A suite on a cruise ship. PhotoStock10/Shutterstock

Really fancy cruise ship suites can cost $23,000.

Even the simple cabins were spacious.

Even the simple cabins were spacious.

A cruise ship cabin. London Express/Getty Images

It’s like any other hotel room, except you’re floating in the middle of the ocean.

Even today, you don’t have to splurge to get comfortable accommodations on board.

Even today, you don't have to splurge to get comfortable accommodations on board.

A cruise ship room. vvoe/Shutterstock

Some people are even buying second homes on cruise ships.

Traveling through the world

Cruises were a popular way to see the world.

Cruises were a popular way to see the world.

Sitting on deck. Edward G Malindine/Getty Images

Passengers watch the world pass by on deck chairs.

And they still are.

And they still are.

On deck. welcomia/Shutterstock

It’s worth taking a cruise at least once in your life.

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