Cross channel passenger accommodations


Richard Coplen

Hey all,
I recently travelled aboard the "Ulysses" (the largest car ferry in the world!) between Dublin and Holyhead. Although the journey took some 3 and a half hours, there was the option to take a cabin aboard. I know it seems a short time to need a cabin. Titanic's trip between Southampton and Cherbourg took some 5 or 6 hours. Were the cross-channel passengers aboard i.e.) the Lenox-Conynghams given cabins? I know the Queenstown-bound passengers were, but were the Cherbourg-bound people? Probably just to rest and relax. If so does anyone know these cabin-allocations????
Jul 20, 2000
Hello Richard,

I recall seeing a post suggesting some of the B-deck suites.

I am of the opinion that because of the fare paid [£4 Southampton to Queenstown - £1.10/- Southampton to Cherbourg when the minimum fare to New York was £26] that if Titanic had had a full compliment of passengers then those travelling from Southampton to Queenstown would not have been given berths or rooms.

Dave Gittins

Mar 16, 2000
On page 109 of Titanic Voices, Eileen Lenox-Conyngham recalled her voyage across the channel. "We just walked around, you see...we didn't have a cabin because we weren't sleeping on board. It was only a four hour crossing and we wandered round the ship." She and her parents used facilities like the writing room and saw many other parts of the first class accommodation. The ship itself provided ample entertainment.

Richard Coplen

Thanks for the info guys. The Southampton to Queenstown passengers definitely had cabins - that I know from Fr Browne and the Odells. Find it strange the Cherbourg-bound passengers were'nt offered some sort of accomodation. Oh well, thanks for the info guys.

Arun Vajpey

Jul 8, 1999
. The Southampton to Queenstown passengers definitely had cabins - that I know from Fr Browne and the Odells.
And I suppose the May family, who were travelling with the Odells, it would seem.

Sorry to resurrect a thread after 15 years but I wanted to know if Father Browne, the Mays and the Odells, all of whom travelled First Class, were allowed to use the facilities provided for that class like the lounge, restaurant, smoking room, palm court etc? That plus an overnight cabin must have been a memorable experience, especially later due to the infamy of Titanic's maiden voyage.

Also, other than the passing mention in Titanic Voices, is there any book or even article that highlights the experiences of those Southampton to Queenstown passengers?

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