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How the rise of air travel sparked a new industry: cruise lines

How the rise of air travel sparked a new industry: cruise lines

Annie Wichert set sail for the first time in 1946 on a transatlantic voyage aboard the Queen Mary, now a floating hotel in Long Beach. Her next cruise — an Alaskan voyage — was 60 years later.

Things, she found, had changed. A lot.

"My goodness, I got lost so many times," said Wichert, who lives in the  San Fernando Valley. "They had a casino on board. And I won $200."

Wichert, now 94, was a war bride, one of thousands who moved to the United States after World War II. The native of South Wales sailed from Southampton, England, to New York, then took the train to reunite her husband,...

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