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Baby Carriages to Bugle Calls - What to Know About Ocean Travel - 1924

This page covers the following topics: Baby Carriages, Baltic, Baggage, Barbers, Baths, Belfast, Belgenland, Bicycles, Boarding Houses, Bon Voyage Gifts, Books, Boots and Shoes, Boston, Bugle Calls.


(See "Perambulators").


White Star Line; sister ship to the Adriatic, one of the " Big Four" plying between New York, Cobh and Liverpool; 23,884 tons gross, length, 726 feet ; breadth, 75 feet ; twin screws. Exceptionally steady. Noted for large public rooms, large staterooms, White Star Line cuisine and service. Orchestra plays daily; dancing. Second and third class have their own public rooms and deck space. (See also Ships ").


There being practically no restrictions on the amount of baggage a traveler may take aboard ship, most persons planning an extended tour, or residence abroad, in the course of which they will mingle in society, take with them a number of trunks. Tourists making a quick trip may get on, however, with one small trunk and a hand grip, while many make a European tour in comfort with only a suitcase and a handgrip.

Mechanical baggage conveyor and examples of baggage

Mechanical baggage conveyor and examples of baggage

The steamer trunk is the most convenient type to carry when baggage is limited. It should not be above 13 inches high, to go under a berth. The ideal small trunk for use in Europe is of leather, 30 x 16 x 11 inches, with a handle like a grip and one also at each end. Innovation trunks, which are large and stand on end. may be carried by persons booking large staterooms, but are inconvenient in the average stateroom, especially in Flanders fields—an easy motor ride from Antwerp if two or more petsons are sharing the room.

Trunks and other baggage except hand baggage should be sent to the pier the day before sailing, labelled "Wanted," or "Hold," with your name, room and port in plain writing (tags supplied with ticket). The baggage master at the pier will attach labels "Hold" or "Wanted," in accordance with tags as filled out.

Baggage marked " Hold " goes into a baggage room in the ship's hold and is not available on the voyage. On arrival in port claim your baggage at the customs space, under the initial of your surname. In America, baggage can be checked from the pier to destination.

Excess Baggage: On transatlantic steamers each cabin passenger is allowed 20 cubic feet, or 200 pounds, and each third class passenger 15 cubic feet or 150 pounds, free. In Great Britain and America 150 pounds is free; on Continent 22 pounds, with high excess charges, but hand baggage that can be taken in your compartment goes free.

Insurance on baggage is recommended. It can be obtained at any company agency. Baggage can be registered before sailing direct tags supplied passengers to London, Paris or other points, relieving the owner of care until claimed at destination, where customs examination is made.

Surplus baggage may he stored in our care at port of debarkation or forwarded to reembarkation port while in Great Britain or on the Continent. Surplus baggage, in the United States, if examined and passed by U. S. Customs, can be stored with our reliable transfer company; if not examined by Customs, it is placed in bonded warehouse and will be released only on personal application by respective owners. (See also " Customs ").


All our steamets carry barbers. The express steamers also carry women hairdressers and manicurists. Standard charges approved by the company are posted. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Barbers sell miscellaneous necessaries to passengers. (See also "Shops").


Passengers occupying rooms without private baths should arrange with the bath steward directly after sailing for a definite time each morning for a bath. The schedule should be strictly adhered to. Electric ray baths are to be found on the Homeric, and a swimming pool and Turkish baths also on the Adriatic, Belgenland, Olympic and Majestic. The Pompeian bath on the Majestic is the finest on any ship.

Bath tickets may be obtained at the inquiry office. Private dressing bides are provided and suitsare for rent. Hours are reserved for men and women respectively. On the Majestic mixed bathing is permitted from 2 to 7 P. M.; tickets 2/6 (58 cents). An instructor is in attendance.


Commercial metropolis of Ireland and home of the great shipbuilding yards of Harland & Wolff, Ltd. White Star-Dominion Line cabin steamers westward bound from Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal make calls here in summer. Office, Whiting & Tedford, 31-33 Victoria Street. (See "White Star-Dominion Line").


Queen of the Red Star Line fleet; new, 1923; eighth largest steamer in the world; 27,132 tons gross; length, 697 feet ; breadth, 78 feet; triple screws; oil burnet. Latest features in luxuty accommodations. Elegant public tooms; beds teplace berths; running hot and cold water in all staterooms.

Suites with private sitting room and bath and private fireplaces. Turkish bath, swimming pool, gymnasium for both first and second class passengers. Large reception room for dancing and tea. Veranda cafe in all three classes. Exceptional deck space; promenade deck, glass enclosed. Elevators and children's playroom in both first and second class.

Famous Red Star Line cuisine and service. A la carte dining room service exclusively in first class. Two-berth and four-berth staterooms in third class. (See also "Ships ").


Bicycles will be carried on transatlantic ships only if crated and at owner's risk. The charge is $5. Panama Pacific Line steamers take bicycles uncrated as baggage.


The traveler to Europe wishing to remain a week or more in one place will find a boarding house cheaper than a hotel. Addresses of reliable boarding houses may be obtained at any of the company's offices, or at tourist agencies or municipal travel bureaus. On the Continent the boarding house proprietor usually can direct the parting guest to a similar house in the next city he visits.

Good board with room can be obtained in England for as low as 10 shillings a day (about $2.3042.40 and on the Continent from 20 francs (about $2.0042.10). Most small hotels in Europe will make a "pension" (boarding house) rate to patrons remaining a week or more, food and service being the same as that furnished transient guests.


These usually consist of baskets of fruits and sweetmeats, or boxes of confectionery. Books also are popular gifts to travelers, but sometimes are burdensome. (See also "Parcels").


(See "Library").


If left outside stateroom door at night, boots or shoes will be cleaned, polished and returned. The employee performing this service, known as "Boots," expects a reasonable fee at the end of the voyage.


The Leyland Line operates a popular cabin service between Boston and Liverpool direct with the steamers Winifredian and Devonian (which see). Boston is a port of call for White Star Line New York-Mediterranean service, and White Star Line's Liverpool ships call here westbound in summer. Office: 84 State Street. (See also "Leyland Line," "White Star Line").


Bugle calls are sounded on company ships in first class for all meals, and a dress call a half hour before dinner. The first call, usually at 8 A. M., is the usual signal for rising. Calls in second class are by means of a gong, and in third class, a bell. (See also "Meals").


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