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The telegraph article mentions that the BMJ article from 1897 extolled the virtues of sea voyage: "It takes only a few days to discover anew the fact that there is something wonderfully recuperating in a sea voyage. The total absence of worry, the perfect freedom from the postman, the sense of the absence of care, soon tell upon the spirits, and the fresh air, enjoyed day and night, quickly improves appetite and gives tone to the jaded system."
It also gives an interesting account of Trindad at the time. It's amazing how a short first hand account published in the BMJ apparently inspired people to go on more cruises as a remedy to bad health. I am sure there is a long history of sea air being recommended for health.
I'm sure Odysseus would agree with the benefits of sea voyage?