Onboard Events - Steamships and Ocean Liners
Steamship Lines printed a wide variety of programs for onboard events including sporting, entertainment/variety shows, movies, social events, music concerts, charity concerts and fundraisers, and many more.
Grand Charity Concert presented on board the RMS Hesperian of the Allan Line on 21 August 1908. The proceeds raised from the concert were earmarked to the Montreal Sailors Institute. Many transatlantic voyages had at least one charity concert.
Variety show style entertainment program performed onboard the RMS Campania of the Cunard Line to benefit various Liverpool and New York seamen's charitable organizations. The Liverpool Seamen's Orphan Institution was highlighted in this program.
Very rare Itinerary and Souvenir Program for a European Cruise on the SS Carpathia of the Cunard Line in the year following its involvement in the rescue of the RMS Titanic.
Sister Ship of the RMS Titanic, The Olympic presented a Grand Concert to passengers in the Second Class to aid various seaman’s charities. It was held in the Second Class Saloon at 8:15 pm on Monday, 1 November 1920.
Early United States Lines Musical Program to raise funds for various seamen's charities, on board the SS President Monroe, performed for cabin class passengers in the Veranda Cafe on 20 July 1920.
Musical Concert Program to raise funds for various seamen's charitable organizations, held for cabin class passengers on 10 August 1922 in the Veranda Cafe onboard the SS President Monroe of the United States Lines.
Benefit Musical Concert onboard the RMS Scythia of the Cunard Line to aid various seamen's charities of New York and Liverpool. These concerts were conducted several times during each voyage, with separate performances for each class of passenger.
Halloween Musical Concert program on the SS President Arthur of the United States Lines on 31 October 1933 was presented by the Ship's Orchestra lead by Georg Grützner, featuring classical music and patriotic songs including "Stars and Stripes Forever," and the "Star-Spangled Banner."
Sports and Entertainment Program for the Eastbound Voyage of the SS Zeeland of the Red Star Line beginning 26 June 1924. Activities included shoe and sack races, bottle driving, dancing, wheel barrel races, and a costume ball.
Program of Entertainment in Aid of British & American Seamen's Institutions Held on Board the RMS Aquitania in the Second Class Dining Room on Thursday, 21 August 1924 at 9:15 pm. Mr. William Ryan, Chairman; Commodore Sir James Charles, K.B.E., C.B., R.D., R.N.R. (Rtd.), Captain.
Sports Tournament Program covers two days of a voyage beginning 9 September 1925 onboard the RMS Berengaria of the Cunard Line. Featured Events included Sack Race, Potato Race, Shuffleboard, Pillow Fight, and Deck Tennis. A Fancy Dress Ball was held after the event for awarding of prizes.
Musical Concert Program held on the SS Republic of the United States Line on 3 October 1926 to benefit various seamen's charities and the Actors Fund of the United States. Talented passengers likely performed in the concert in addition to the Ship's Orchestra.
IMMs Atlantic Transport Line published a Community Song Sheet for use exclusively on their ocean liners with Tourist Cabin accommodations - the SS Minnekahda and SS Minnesota. Lyrics for 32 well-known songs from that era were reproduced in this brochure.
Grand Concert held on 28 May 1928 on board the SS Celtic of the White Star Line featured mostly music. Songs appear to have been performed by talented passengers. Following the concert, prizes were awarded for best costumes at the Fancy Dress Ball in addition to prizes for sports events.
Sports Events Held on Board S.S. “Albertic” on a voyage from Montreal To London, 14 June 1928. Featured events included Shuffleboard, Deck Tennis, Potato Race, Skipping Competition, Dancing, Tug of War, Bridge, Whist, and Coat Race. A Fancy Dress Ball and Children’s Tea Party are also planned.
Elegant Concert program and variety show for second class passengers on board the United States Lines Flagship -- the SS Leviathan. This production from Thursday, 21 June 1928 featured classical and popular music numbers, vocalists, readings, and a scene from a comedy playlet.
Program of a grand concert held in the tourist dining saloon on board RMS Albertic of the White Star Line on Thursday, June 21st, 1928 at 8 30 p.m. Variety show included musical numbers, readings, recitation, step dance, and the presentation of sports prizes.
Grand Concert Program held on board the SS Minnekahda of the Atlantic Transport Line on Sunday, 29 July 1928 during a voyage from London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer, commanded by Captain J. Jensen, Lt. Cmdr. USNRF.
Variety show and musical extravaganza for the benefit of British and American seamen's institutions performed onboard the RMS Berengaria of the Cunard Line for First Class passengers. Sir Arthur H. Rostron, former captain of the SS Carpathia, was the Commodore and Commander of the Berengaria.
Program of Entertainment Events onboard the RMS Aquitania of the Cunard Line. Covers Monday through Thursday during a Voyage in September 1929. The program includes the names of passengers on the Entertainment Committee. Primary activities include Deck Tennis, Shuffleboard, Bullboard, Bridge, Ping-Pong, Horse Racing, and Dancing.
Hilarious Horse Racing Program dating from the 1930s performed on the deck of the RMS Laconia of the Cunard White Star Line. Entries included Eve by Rib out of Adam, Jealousy by Nose out of Joint, Stampede by Sale out of Basement, etc.
The ever-popular "Horse Racing" program from the 1930s, this one on the RMS Samaria of the Cunard White Star Line. Presented by the "Samaria Jockey Club, race entries included Headache by Cocktails out of Various, Slender by Diet out of Vanity, and many more.
Concert program card produced for a 4 pm music concert onboard the SS Stuttgart on Thursday, 12 June 1930. Beautiful graphics made this a great souvenir from the voyage to New York from Bremen on the North German Lloyd.
Romantic and Jazz Symphonic performed by the entire SS Bremen orchestra on Sunday, August 17fh 1930, from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm in the Social Hall. Conducted by E. Schier, the concert featured six selections from various composers including Bach, Strauss, Schubert, and Rubinstein.
Social Events and Sports Tournament Program for the Voyage on the RMS Scythia of the Cunard Line Beginning 20 September 1930 for Tourist Third Cabin passengers. Events included Deck Games, Horse Racing, Bridge and Whist, Movies, Concerts, Dances, and a children's party.
Variety Show style entertainment program performed for tourist class passengers on the RMS Scythia of the Cunard Line in the Tourist class to benefit British and American seamen's institutions that were also listed in the program.
Bandmast Gilbert W. Bower leads the Marious B. Winter's Band with songs selected for 4:00 pm and 8:15 pm on board a steamship from the Atlantic Transport Line on Sunday, September 28th, 1930.
Informative Events Program from the RMS Scythia of the Cunard Line. It covers a voyage from Liverpool to New York beginning 10 January 1931. Brief explanations of the many Deck Sports were provided to the passengers helps to make this an exceptional program from that era of ocean liner travel.
Beautiful, elegant cover for a piano recital by Jacqueline NOURRIT on board the SS France of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique French Line on 22 January 1931. Featured compositions from Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Ravel, Debussy, and others.
Program of the Charity Fete to be held on board the SS Ile de France for the benefit of the Several Benevolent Institutions of which the CGT French Line is a patron.
List of suggestions for passengers on board the SS California of the Anchor Line, on visiting Bermuda, a tour-stop coordinated by The National Tours, during February 1931.
Tuesday's listing of events for passengers on the National Tours Gulf Stream Cruise on the SS California of the Anchor Line on 24 February 1931. Open Air Swimming Pool was the Program of the Day. Other activities were scheduled from 10:15 am concert through 10:00 pm's last showing of a motion picture.
Wednesday's listing of events for passengers on the National Tours Gulf Stream Cruise on the SS California of the Anchor Line on 25 February 1931. Shipboard activities were scheduled from 7:45 pm Outdoor Motion Picture to 11:15 pm Rudy Valee Orchestra Concert.
Wednesday's listing of events for passengers on the National Tours Gulf Stream Cruise on the SS California of the Anchor Line on 26 February 1931. A Masquerade Ball with Grand March was the featured program.
Tuesday's listing of events for passengers on the National Tours Gulf Stream Cruise on the SS California of the Anchor Line on 27 February 1931. "California Follies" was the Program of the Day.
An adorable musical review concert program provided delightful entertainment to the passengers on board the SS California of the Anchor Line, during a Bermuda Cruise on 27 February 1931.
Program of Social Events for a voyage of the SS New York of the Hamburg America Line beginning 27 July 1933. Events included Movies, Concerts, "Get-Togethers," and Dances. Two of the movies shown were self-promotional world cruises aboard a HAPAG ocean liner.
A Cabaret Concert in the Tourist Class Smoking Room onboard the RMS Samaria of the Cunard White Star Line on 30 July 1936. This charity concert benefited British, American, and Canadian Seamen’s charitable organizations.
Tourist Class Events Program on the SS Deutschland of the Hamburg America Line for the voyage beginning 27 August 1936. Activities included Dances, Movies, Concerts, "Get-Togethers," Horse Races, Beer Parity, and Horse Races.
Discover the startling differences between the cruise activities of 1936 compared to modern-day cruises. In the past, it was up to the passengers to figure out what to do with all the time spent onboard during the voyage.
Social and Sporting Activities for the Voyage from Rotterdam to New York onboard the RMS Nieuw Amsterdam of the Holland-America Line. Cabin class passengers enjoyed many events including a variety of deck sports, movies, card games, concerts, dancing, children's parties, horse races, and more.
Social Events Program for the transatlantic voyage on the SS New York of the Hamburg America Line beginning 11 May 1939. Featured events included Tea Concerts, Horse Races, Dancing, Movies, Fancy Dress Ball, and News Reels.
Program of Social and Sporting events onboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard White Star Line for Tuesday, 30 August 1949. Today's activities included movies, concerts, Rotary meeting, children's tea party, horse racing, cocktail hour, BBC newscast, dancing, and community sing-a-long.
Daily program of social events onboard the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line featured several notices related to the Rotarians, Lions International, Kiwanis, US Customs - Landing Cards and Baggage Declarations, and a table tennis tournament. Other events were listed for the day from 7:00 am swimming to 12:30 am dancing.
Social and Sporting Events Program for Saturday, 7 June 1952 onboard the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line. Cabin Class passengers have many options, including swimming, movies, Rotarian, Lions International, and Kiwanis meetings, concerts, news broadcasts, dancing, and more.
Cabin Class Program of Events for Sunday, 8 June 1952 onboard the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line. Scheduled activities included a table tennis tournament, "Age Please" competition, movies, swimming gala, news broadcasts, concerts, horse races, dancing, and more.
Daily Events Program for Monday, 9 June 1952 onboard the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line featured a listing of "Competition Winners," along with events such as movies, concerts, news broadcasts, and dancing.
They had fun putting together this "Horse Racing" program onboard the MV Ruahine of the New Zealand Steamship Company for Monday, 9 March 1953. Wooden horses were advanced on a track based on the roll of dice. Each horse in the six races included owner, name of horse, jockey, and quip.
Tourist Class Events Program for Saturday, 28 March 1953 onboard the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line. Content included notices of meetings, passenger declaration forms, and event proposals. Listed events included movies, concerts, lifeboat drill, news broadcasts, and dancing.
Tourist Class Program of Events for Sunday, 28 Mary 1953 onboard the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line provided a listing of upcoming meetings, British immigration inspections, and anticipated events. It also listed activities for the day, including sports competitions, movies, concerts, news broadcasts, horse racing, and dancing.
Tourist Class Events Program for Monday, 30 March 1953 onboard the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line listing meetings, instructions for British immigration inspection process, and upcoming competitions. Other activities included movies, concerts, news broadcasts, KENO Bingo, and Dancing.
An extensive program of sports, entertainment, and social events for voyage 128 of the RMS Winchester Castle of the Union-Castle Line. Tourist class passengers enjoyed a variety of activities including deck sports, movies, dog racing, dancing, ocean derby, and more. Rules for Tournament games -- Deck Tennis, Deck Quoits, Bucket Quoits, Table Tennis, and Contract Bridge were also provided.
Colorful, elaborate events program for voyage 43 of the RMS Edinburgh Castle of the Union-Castle Line. Events listed include Whist (card game), movies, dancing, "Edinburgh Derby," concerts, Father Neptune ceremony, fancy dress ball, and a variety of deck sports tournaments.
Tongue-in-Cheek Horse Racing Program published onboard the RMS Edinburgh Castle of the Union-Castle Line, held on Friday, 24 June 1955. Each of the six races was given a "theme," and the five [wooden] horses would be listed by owner, name of the horse, jockey, and quip.
- Address to Passengers Attending Concert on the RMS Caronia June 1905
I have been commanded to take the chair at the Concert this evening by the Captain of the ship, whose word, as you all know, is law. We are all in the power of the Captain, and he can do what he likes with us, therefore, it is policy to obey his commands without hesitation. a. I don't know, I'm sure, why he should have selected me for this task, unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, and I was rather dismayed when I received his command, but I knew there was no use trying to decline, so here I am in the poktion of Chairman.
- The Captain's Farewell Dinner onboard an Ocean Liner (1912)
Preparations went on all the afternoon in the dining room of the "Graf Waldersee" of the Hamburg America Line for the Boat-Captain's Dinner. The "Captain's Dinner," by the way, given just before the end of the voyage, is always quite a grand affair.