Vintage Brochure - Aboard Ship - Pocket Handbook for Travelers - 1923
Saloon and deck seats-If the traveler has preferences as to where he would like to sit in the dining saloon, he should make his first visIt on the steamer to the second steward, who has charge of the dining-room arrangements. Next, one should seek the deck-steward, who wIll assIgn a place on deck for one's steamer chaIr, of which he will take charge during the voyage. Travelers who have the time will find it better to visit the ship the day before departure and arrange at that time for both the dining-room seat and the deck chair posItion.
Regular meals.—Regularity in meal hours is one essentIal to good health on shipboard. Meals are served at fixed times, and one should never vary more than ten minutes in beginning each of the three meals every day.
The Purser.—The ship's purser is apt to be a very busy man all during the voyage. He and his assistants have a vast amount of clerical work to do between ports and have little time for sociability, mappIng out tours, or reciting the history or anecdotes of foreIgn countries. The purser, of course, wIll give information that Is necessary, or direct the passenger to where this may be obtained, and among his duties are to take charge of valuables for safe keeping, and, on ships where there is no bank, to change money.
Bath.—It is necessary, unless the traveler has a room equIpped with a prIvate bath, to fix a regular hour each day for the use of the bathroom. While most modern ships are amply supplIed with bathing facilities, the latter are not sufficient to permit everyone to take a bath at the same time or to monopolIze a bathroom for a long period. Twenty minutes Is the time allowed each passenger, and if one would secure a convenient hour for the morning tub, it is necessary to make early arrangements with the bathroom steward.
Pets.—Dogs, cats, birds and other pets will be taken care of during the voyage by a steward regularly delegated to that task. A charge is made for the transportation of' such, even the smallest.
At a Port of Call.—If the traveler does not remaIn on the ship until her final destination, but is leavIng at a port of call, he should notify his room steward In advance. The steward will in turn instruct the baggage master to have the traveler's "hold2 baggage ready for transfer to the tender or to the pier, as the case may be.
For Women.—The woman who travels wIll find indispensable a small handbag, large enough to hold a pad of writing paper, glasses, a book, and the few little things she may wish to have with her on shipboard or while traveling by motor or railroad on the continent. Its partIcular use on shipboard is to prevent small artIcles from being mislaid or blown away when the passenger 1: quits her deck chair for the moment.