Vintage Brochure - First Class Accommodations - Scandinavian American Line - 1917
First cabin accommodations on these steamers are located amidships on the promenade and saloon decks. The staterooms are of liberal size, and well ventilated. They contain washstands, wardrobes and sofas, and are furnished in good taste, and always with the ideal of real comfort for the passengers uppermost.
Dining Room, First Cabin,
S. S. "OSCAR II," "HELLIG OLAV" and "UNITED STATES"
Hotchkiss Patent berths are installed throughout, permitting the upper berths to be closed out of sight when out of use.
The S. S. Oscar II has two chambres de luxe, located on the promenade deck. These are luxuriously furnished, with silk hangings and draperies, and equipped with brass beds.
FIRST CABIN DINING ROOM
A magnificent apartment, extending the full width of the ship. The walls are polished oak and mahogany and the furnishings strikingly artistic and in good taste. And in keeping with the general character of elegance the small group tables and dainty table furnishings and porcelain combine to produce a dining room of unusual attractiveness and beauty.
MUSIC SALOON, LADIES SALOON LIBRARY AND WRITING ROOM
Located well forward on the promenade deck is the Music Saloon, a cheerful, inviting room well adapted to social gatherings and concert hours. On one side of the Music Saloon is located the charming Ladies' Saloon and on the other side the comfortable Library and Writing Room with its atmosphere of quiet relaxation and solid comfort.
Further aft on the same deck is the Smoking Room, well calculated to attract those who like to enjoy the after dinner or 'tweentimes pipe, cigar or cigarette in congenial surroundings.
Numerous baths, showers and lavatories are conveniently located on the promenade and saloon decks. The cabin barber and hair dressing shop is on the saloon deck.
The entire upper promenade and the forward part of the saloon promenade deck is reserved for the use and convenience of First Cabin passengers. Steamer chairs and rugs may be obtained from the deck steward.
It would be difficult to conceive of a more perfect arrangement of passenger accommodations than those incorporated in the Frederik VIII.
The first cabin staterooms are located on the upper promenade, promenade, saloon and upper decks. They are grouped in one, two, three and four passenger staterooms, and two suites, each consisting of sitting room, bedroom, bath and toilet.
The staterooms which are exceptionally spacious are finished in white enamel, and are furnished with wardrobes, washstands, telephones, berth reading lamps and many other accessories of comfort and convenience. Light and ventilation were prime considerations in designing the cabin plan, and they are heated and cooled, according to season and climate, by the Thermo-Tank system, controllable by passengers themselves, the most satisfactory yet devised.
THE WHITE AND GOLD DINING ROOM
A beautifully proportioned room surmounted by a great dome, with sliding windows, occupying the full width of the ship, distinctive in design and decorations. Furnished in warm golden birch in the modern baroc style, with small tables, arranged for dining groups of from six to eight persons each.
LADIES SALOON LIBRARY AND WRITING ROOM
The general design of the Music Hall is that of the Louis XVI. period. Finished in American Cherry, with the grand concert piano and furniture of the same wood. The walls are panelled with charming scenes of Danish life, done in oil by famous artists. This same Louis XVI. treatment is carried out in the Ladies Saloon, finished in Jamaica rosewood, and in the Library and Writing Room, which is in polished mahogany.
THE GRAND STAIRCASE AND ENTRANCE HALL
The prevailing note in the decoration is polished elm in combination with white and gold. A large painting of King Frederik VIII. bangs at the head of the staircase, and from the cosily furnished vestibule access is had to the Music Hall, the Ladies' Saloon and Library.
THE SMOKING ROOM
Located conveniently on the Upper Promenade Deck, this room is a favored rendezvous throughout the voyage. Finished artistically in mahogany with panellings of root veneer and containing an inviting fireplace. The decorative scheme reflects the period of King Frederik the Sixth. A number of fine oil paintings lend additional distinction to the general atmosphere of comfort and ease.
THE VERANDA CAFE
A favored spot indeed. A semi-open cafe, delightful for that ten minute lounge and chit-chat over a refreshing glass.
CHILDREN'S DINING AND PLAY ROOM
A dainty room intended for the children's playtime, and equipped as a dining room for the juveniles. Miniature furniture and fittings, with charming pictures in keeping with the rest of the room, from designs by leading Scandinavian artists. A competent nurse is always in charge.
SOME OTHER FEATURES
Big, roomy decks that afford plenty of space for the casual jaunt and the daily constitutional; and open space and sheltered nooks aplenty for deck chairs.
A first class barber shop with experienced barbers in charge; numerous baths and lavatories on every deck.
A special and always appreciated feature is the dark room for amateur photographers.
If there is one particular feature that has always distinguished this line it is the exceptional cuisine. We take justifiable pride in it. 35 years of catering to people of exacting requirements and refinement has resulted in a culinary excellence approached only by the very best hotels ashore. The culinary departments are under the skilled direction of chefs of wide experience, and the food itself is of one quality only—the very best the markets of Europe and America afford, with all their delicacies and their staples. And it is cooked perfectly and served daintily and plentifully.
A high class orchestra on each of the company's steamers, devotes its entire time on the voyage to furnishing music. Daily concerts at stated hours, with programs of popular and classical music, are one of the delightful features of life aboard ship.