Summer and Winter Cruises - Hamburg-American Line - 1905 Brochure
It is more than ten years since the HAMBURG-AMERICAN LINE inaugurated its pleasure cruises, which have since become such an established feature of travel. Public interest has been kept constantly alert by the addition of new and attractive points of destination; and the company has made wise use of the wide experience gained, so that a maximum of excellence is attained.
These cruises include tours during the summer months to Norway, the North Cape, Spitzbergen and Iceland, around the British Isles, to the famous Seaside Resorts of Europe, During the winter months the cruising vessels of the company are dispatched to points in the Mediterranean and the Orient, the West Indies and the Spanish Main.
An ideal vessel for these pleasure trips is the elegant twin-screw cruising steamer " Prinzessin Victoria Luise," built expressly for the purpose. Her graceful lines and jaunty appearance resemble those of a yacht, but her dimensions are those of a large ocean steamer.
The vessel is run strictly and exclusively as a high class pleasure craft. All the cruises of this ship have proved brilliant successes and have established for her a wide and lasting fame. Her length is 450 feet ; width, 47 feet ; and depth, 3o feet. Except for the space occupied by the crew, the entire ship is devoted strictly to first cabin passengers only.
The number of passengers is limited to less than two hundred. The staterooms are roomy and attractive. Berths are not placed above one another, but side by side or opposite each other. The highest standards of excellence are attained in thoroughly ventilated cabins, faultless bathing and toilet arrangements, extensive promenade decks, a gymnasium, large dining saloon, comfortable smoking room, handsome reading room and library, ladies parlor and music room, the highest degree of artistic finish pervading the decoration and arrangement throughout.
To these cruises also are assigned the large twin-screw steamers " Moltke " and " Hamburg," and the new twin-screw crusting steamer "Meteor," vessels which are specially adapted for pleasure travel.
The new steamship " Fürst Bismarck " (8,500 tons) will be specially equipped as a floating air, light and hydropathic sanitarium.