First Cabin Accommodations of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Steamships - 1889
The Promenade Deck is situated in the center of the tipper deck in the most favorable position on the steamer, is the Promenade Deck, zoo feet long and the whole width of the ship. It is solely appropriated to the use of the first cabin passengers.
Being on an elevation with the turtle and hurricane decks and sheltered by awnings, the hottest days are rendered pleasant by the free access of the ocean breeze, thus forming an excellent promenade as well as spacious playground for the various sports arranged for the pastime of passengers, and otherwise contributing largely to the comfort and enjoyment of an ocean trip.
It is illuminated at night by means of electric lights. The promenade deck also furnishes the space for concerts executed by the ship's orchestra daily, at certain hours.
Companion Way to Saloon
The wide staircast handsomely ornamented with plush hand-rail and balusters of rich and fanciful pattern, leading down into the first cabin saloon, opens to the view a region of exquisite splendor and corn-fort such as is rarely seen and which almost baffles description.
DESCRIPTION OF SALOON
Main Saloon - First Cabin
THE MAIN SALOON of the first cabin is situated amidships, forward of the boilers and engines, this being considered the most favorable position on the ship by old and experienced ocean travellers. Occupying the entire width of the steamer and proportionate in length, it presents a truly magnificent appearance, being splendidly lighted and perfectly ventilated by means of large skylights in the centre and by numerous port holes along the side.
Two long main tables occupy the central position, running nearly the entire length of the saloon, and the sides are subdivided into cozy alcoves or recesses, which are furnished with smaller cross tables, excellently adapted for the accommodation of private parties or families.
All the fittings, the piano, the bookcases, doors, ceilings, skylights, and the woodwork of the revolving chairs surrounding the tables, are handsomely carved, the materials used being Oak, Black Walnut, Bird's-eye Maple, Ebony and other costly woods. The table covers and the heavy curtains dividing the alcove, the lounges extending along both sides under the port holes as well as the seats of the chairs, are in rich plush or other sumptuous materials, differing in color to harmonize with the particular style of woodwork on the various steamers.
An Alocove in the Saloon
The highly ornamental sky lights and the ceiling are marvels of artistic skill and taste. The cross-beams, girders and framing being covered with magnificent scroll work, are subdivided into panels, embellished with beautiful paintings by celebrated masters, and are really worth a close inspection.
The electric lights and the plate glass mirrors are arranged in such a manner as to increase the harmonious effect during daytime and intensify it by night.
The company have discarded the common swinging racks used for glasses and decanters above the tables on all their steamers, thus leaving the view entirely free and unobstructed, and greatly adding to the general appearance of the saloon.
Owing to the powerful triple expansion engine as well as the favorable position of the saloon, it is hardly possible for the occupants to experience the ship's motion, and very difficult to realize that the vessel is traversing the high sea at a rate of eighteen knots an hour, so remarkably steady is the progress of these elegant modern express steamers.
THE ladies' cabins are, if possible, even more luxurious in their appointments, as no expense has been spared to contribute to the artistic appearance, as well as to the real comfort of these Boudoirs.
The ventilation is perfect, being on the upper deck and forming a sort of gallery to the main saloon beneath. The easy chairs and divans are provided with rich coverings of embossed velvets and plushes, and are specially designed for ease and comfort
The walls and ceilings are elaborately carved and decorated with exquisite paintings.
On the same deck with the saloon, running fore and aft of it, are the state-rooms for first cabin passengers, spacious, airy and comfortable, painted white enamel, with fittings in walnut. They are all of large dimensions, measuring on the average ten feet in breadth and being nearly all outside rooms provided with large side lights or port-holes, are pleasant resorts for those who seek seclusion.
The lower berths in the majority of the state rooms, are arranged to be extended so as to form a double berth and accommodate two persons.
The upper berth can be pushed back (similar to an upper berth in a Pullman car ) out of the way. The sofas are wide and large enough to be used as beds if required; thus a whole family frequently find one of these rooms ample for their needs.
All state-rooms are furnished with toilet conveniences, and electric bells are in communication with the steward's department, thus insuring prompt service.
Two elegantly appointed smoking rooms are provided for first-cabin passengers, both located on the promenade deck, constructed on the same lavish scale. The panelling is finely carved and decorated with paintings artistically introduced here and there. A number of small tables and divans covered with Morocco leather, and a liberal supply of exceedingly comfortable arm-chairs, covered with the same material, serve to make a cosy nook for after-dinner coffee.
The room also includes a small bar for supplying the refreshments required by its frequenters.
The reputation of the Cuisine on board of the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamers is duly established and has been well earned by the untiring exertions on the part of the management to supply an exceptionally good table and to engage as cooks the foremost and best culinary artists to be procured.
Passengers are furnished with a liberal table, including all the delicacies of the season, prepared and served equal to the menu served in the best hotels in Europe. Connoisseurs have pronounced the fare on these steamers as most excellent.
The wines, liquors and segars are of the finest quality and have been selected with great care by the Company. They are sold on board at extremely moderate prices. The galleys and kitchens are on deck and the pantries, immediately beneath them, connected by elevators, thus successfully preventing any kitchen oders from entering the saloon or staterooms.