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Passenger Information and Hints for Travellers By The Norddeutscher Lloyd Steamers - 1889


On contemplating a trip across the ocean the tourist or business-man should lose no time in applying for accommodations on the steamer he has selected. During the entire spring and summer season the steamer's cabins are all well filled, and it is absolutely necessary to apply early for passage if one wishes to enjoy the luxuries of a good room.

Plans and diagrams showing the interior arrangements of the various steamers are constantly kept on hand and will be sent on application.

It is customary to pay a deposit of $25 on each berth retained. This payment secures the berth up to two weeks prior to the sailing, at which time the full amount of passage must be paid and tickets taken up.


Children under 12 years are taken for half rate if occupying a sofa and not a regular berth. Rooms are not sold for less than two fares during the travelling season. One person desiring a room for exclusive use will be charged two fares.

Infants under 1 year are free. Servants are berthed in second cabin and pay second cabin fare, with access to first cabin. If berthed in first cabin they pay full first cabin fare.


Children under 12 years of age are taken for half fare at all times without any restriction. Infants under I year are free.


AVOID overloading with unnecessary articles and packages, taking only what is absolutely necessary. Cabin passengers are allowed twenty cubic feet of baggage. All travellers should provide themselves with sea-trunks, which should be about 12 inches deep, and of the usual width and length, thus enabling them to go under the sofas in the state-room. Avoid the Saratoga or extra large trunks.

Passengers can send their baggage to Bremen Piers, Hoboken, N. J., two days before sailing. It will be kept in the baggage-room until the passengers arrival. All baggage must be marked with name of passenger and steamer before being sent. In case this precaution is not observed the Company cannot be responsible for mistakes.

All baggage should also be marked, whether for stateroom or baggage-room, before being sent to the steamer. Tags and labels can be had at the office of the Company or of their agents.

All baggage required during the voyage should be marked "Wanted," and baggage that is not required should be labelled "Not Wanted."


Seatrunks can be stored at Southampton or Bremen, but the names should be plainly marked. Passengers should notify the Company at Bremen, or the Agents at Southampton, as the case may be, at least five days before sailing to put seatrunks on board. When passengers do not attend to this in the proper time it causes delay and extra expense to the passenger.

Passengers arriving at New York from out of town can have their baggage checked to the pier by the Baggage Express Agent on the train.


Passports can be obtained by applying to the State Department, Passport Division, Washington, D. C., or through any Notary Public.


If the traveller's expenses are heavy, a circular letter of credit is undoubtedly the only safe way of transporting the wherewithal. These circular letters of credit are issued by bankers on their correspondents in Europe and all over the world, and money can thus be obtained at any one of the principal cities of the civilized world. Tourists should be careful to deal only with bankers of undoubted standing.


Before embarking for Europe, travellers would do well to provide themselves with enough small change to pay incidental expenses on shipboard and on landing. Foreign moneys are bought, sold or exchanged at current rates of the day at any banking house.

It may be well to add that English sovereigns and Bank of England notes are readily taken everywhere in Europe. French Napoleons are also good money, especially in the East.


SURGEONS : Each steamer carries an experienced surgeon, whose services are gratuitous so far as steerage passengers are concerned. Cabin passengers, however, generally expect to pay the doctor whenever he prescribes for them.

Baths - By applying to your bedroom steward these can be arranged for, and a certain hour appointed when you can take a bath every morning if you desire to do so.

Boots.—The boots and shoes of passengers will be cleaned by the bootblack if left outside the room door. A small gratuity is generally given the bootblack at end of voyage by each person.

Seats at the table are alotted by the chief steward after the steamer leaves the dock. Children are not allowed at table until all adult passengers have been seated. They generally have their meals served separately.


THE purser is authorized to undertake the custody of money, jewelry and other valuables, for which purpose a safe is provided.

Paper, Envelopes, Stamps, Etc.

Writing-paper, envelopes, stamps and telegraph forms can be had on application of the saloon steward.

Travel In Europe

AMERICAN travellers who visit Europe for the first time, cannot fail to be struck with the forcible contrast in the system of railroads and especially with the difference existing between our cars and those running there. In almost every country in Europe there are three classes of cars, viz. : first, second and third. Express trains on the Continent have no third-class, and in a great many cases are formed exclusively of first class coaches.

The first-class is best for long journeys, and we do not recommend second-class, except in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The cars are of entirely different construction from those in America. Each car is generally divided into four compartments, these compartments being entered at each end through a door in the side of the carriage.

The different classes are distinguished by having on the outside of the doors, and occasionally on the inside, the class marked, namely : first, second and third-class ; so that travellers can readily recognize where to locate.

Ladies travelling alone will generally find a compartment specially reserved for them. A smoking carriage will be found on almost every train. Sleeping cars are to be found on many English and Continental railways.

Pullman cars run in Great Britain and on the Continent ; early application must be made for accommodation when required. Coupes are also used, and places can be secured through payment of a supplemental fee at station on departure. . Railway officials, as a general rule will be found very courteous and willing to assist travellers whenever occasion arises.

Norddeutscher Lloyd Steamship Co.

ORDERS to report the arrival of steamers of this line should be left with the Western Union Telegraph Company at any of their offices; on arrival of the steamer off Fire Island or Sandy Hook, notice will then be sent by the W. U. Tel. Co., day or night, to the address given.

Quarantine - Health Examinations

Steamers of this line usually make the run from Fire Island to Quarantine in about 3 hours ; or from Sandy Hook to Quarantine in about one hour,

The usual time from Quarantine, including the examination by the Health Officer, to the pier, is about one hour ; but if steamers arrive at Quarantine after sunset, they are obliged to remain there until after sunrise the next morning.

Cabin passengers arriving by steamers of this line are landed at the Company's piers, foot of Second street, Hoboken, N. J. (Take Christopher street ferry from up-town or Barclay street ferry from down-town )

Persons desiring to meet arriving Cabin passengers require no pass to admit them on the pier.

To avoid overcharge on the part of hackmen, passengers and their friends on engaging carriages outside of the pier should ask for the tariff, with which each hack must be supplied.


LETTERS for passengers should be plainly addressed, and state if for arriving or departing steamer. Passengers expecting letters after departure should leave their address at the Company's offices, letters will then be forwarded to address given. To insure return of letters in case of non-delivery, envelopes should be plainly marked with senders name and address. Letters not so provided are returned to the dead letter office, and as the Post Office has no clue to the sender are destroyed.


Although there is no reduction on First Class return tickets,. we would strongly advise First Cabin passengers who intend to return by the Norddeutscher Lloyd Steamers, to engage accommodations for the return voyage when engaging state-rooms for outward passage, or as soon thereafter as possible, and so settle for return passage when taking up outward tickets. Passengers will thus avoid the delays of an extended correspondence with the Home Office, and not be disappointed at finding out that the best rooms are already .sold.

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