The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen. Published by Doubleday

Once, it was the only way to travel  – aboard a luxury ocean liner. with your finest gowns, jewelry and servants. But with those days long past, the Queen Isabella is about to make her final voyage for one last cruise from California to Hawaii. Aboard her are a somewhat motley crew (no children allowed), including former journalist, Christine Thorne, who intends to have the time of her life, living it up in an age of luxury. But the Queen is an elderly lady and she has plenty of maintenance problems, not to mention an underpaid, unhappy crew. When it becomes clear that the cruise line that owns the ship has cut corners it’s already too late for the crew and passengers. What follows is a test of character and bravery as the ship becomes imperiled at sea

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