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Cabin Ships to Clothing - What to Know About Ocean Travel - 1924

The topics on this page include: Cabin Ships, Cable Messages, Cabs, Canada, Canopic, Card Room, Chairs, Cedric, Celtic, Channel (English), Cherbourg, Children, Clothes Pressing, Clothing.


Cabin Ships carry passengers in cabin class, and in some cases third class also. There is no second class and none superior to cabin. Cabin rates are about half those on the express liners. It is possible to secure comfortable, quiet accommodation at the moderate minimum rate, or on some steamers to book more pretentious quarters. Some cabin ships have suites with private bath and sitting room.

Our lines operate more cabin ships than any other steamship organization—including 11 in transatlantic service, and 5 between England, South Africa and Australia. Several are new, and specially built for the cabin trade. For cabin ships see also individual lines, as "Ametican Line," "Leyland Line," etc. (See also "Ships").


Cable messages may be left at inquiry office on steamer and will be dispatched at first port. Address and signature are charged for. Codes in common use are Bentley's, A.B.C. and Lieber's. These are obtainable at bookstores or on the ships. (See also "Radiograms ").

The Western Union Telegraph Co. furnishes a code book for travelers free on application.


Both taxicabs and horse-drawn vehicles are available in European cities. The average urban taxi fare is under 50 cents, or about half that in the United States. A small gratuity to the driver is customary. At New York, Southampton, London, Antwerp and Hamburg travelers are advised to give preference to taxicabs admitted to the pier.


White Star-Dominion liner; an exceptionally homelike cabin and third class steamer. 9,472 tons gross; length, 514 feet; breadth, 58 feet; twin screw. Combines steadiness with spaciousness of deck, cozy public rooms and .staterooms. Gives a generous return for extremely moderate rates. Orchestra plays daily. Third class has its own public rooms, deck space, and enclosed staterooms. White Star Line cuisine and service. (See also "Ships").


White Star Line steamship; large and comfortable for cabin and third class; 12,268 tons gross; length, 594 feet; breadth, 59 feet ; twin screws. Plys between New York and Hamburg. Rates extremely moderate. American and European cuisine and service of customary White Star Line excellence. Ample deck space, attractive staterooms and public rooms; many two berth staterooms, some with private bath. Third class has own public rooms, deck space, and enclosed staterooms. (See also "Ships").


(See "Public Rooms").


(See "Deck Chairs").


White Star Line steamship; one of the "Big Four" plying between New York, Cobh and Liverpool. 21,073 tons gross; length, 698 feet ; breadth, 75 feet ; twin screws. Exceptionally steady, and very roomy. Carries first, second and third class passengers. Staterooms and public rooms large and attractively furnished. Lounge forward on promenade deck. Famous White Star Line cuisine and service. Orchestra. Large deck space. Second and third class have their own public rooms and deck space. Third class has enclosed staterooms. (See also "Ships").


White Stat Line steamship; in the " Big Four" plying between New York, Cobh and Liverpool; 21,026 tons gross; length, 698 feet; breadth, 75 feet; twin screws. Noted for steadiness. Large deck space, generous public rooms and staterooms, many with two berths and private bath. Cuisine and service are of White Star Line standard. Orchestra. Second and third class have their own public rooms and generous deck space. Enclosed staterooms for third class. (See also "Ships").


Approaches to the English Channel

Approaches to the English Channel


Cherbourg (for Paris) has four arrivals and four sailings a week by ships of our lines. Passengers are landed and embarked by large steam tender, with comfortable cabins. A hotel is maintained for third class passengers. Special boat trains reach Paris in 6 - 7 1/2 hours. Autos may be hired to meet steamer on application to purser. Cherbourg office, A. Lanièce & Fils, 32 Quai Alexandre III. (See also "American Line," "Red Star Line," "White Star Line").


Children under ten years are carried at half fare, but are not entitled to seats in dining saloon unless full fare is paid. Infants under one year are carried at nominal rate. For children's passports see "Passports." (See also "Playrooms").


An experienced clothes-presser is carried on the larger ships. On others the barber does pressing for passengers. Charges are moderate, and are posted.


Clothing for the voyage should be warm and serviceable. Except on express steamers dinner dress is optional. Evening dress or dinner dress are not necessary to tourists in Europe unless they patronize the most fashionable hotels. For daily wear rough wool mixtures are best, as they do not show dust.

The clothing listed below will meet all normal needs on shipboard and abroad.

For a man: Soft hat, cap, 2 suits (1 golf or walking clothes if desired); raincoat or light topcoat; overcoat (if cold weather is to be encountered); 3 sets underweat and pajamas; 4 soft shirts; 12 pair socks; 2 pair shoes; 12 handkerchiefs; ties; bedroom slippers; (a bathrobe is unnecessary); miscellaneous, toilet articles, etc. Dinner suit if desired.

For a woman: Traveling suit; walking shoes; extra skirt ; 3 blouses and sweater; light dress; afternoon dress; pumps; overcoat or cape; traveling hat (small shape). Extra hat is optional. Four sets lingerie, etc.; 4 pair silk stockings; 1 pair wool stockings; dressing gown; bedroom slippers; traveling gloves; umbrella; toilet articles, miscellaneous, gloves, etc. Evening dress and slippers if desired.


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