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How did the cabins in titanic look like

Discussion in 'General Information' started by Sonja van Rooijen, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. I heard the first clas were very luxe but how did the second and third clas cabins look like? How much people were staying in one cabin in al classes?
  2. Hi Sonja,

    Which Titanic books do you have or have access to?
    Some contain photos of 2nd and 3rd Class rooms.

    1st Class: Had 1, 2 and 3-berth rooms, with most of the single and some 2-berth rooms being able to be provided with a sofa or upper Pullman berth for an additional passenger.
    2nd Class: 2 and 4-berth rooms.
    3rd Class: Mainly 2, 4 and 6-berth rooms, with a few 8 and 10-berth rooms.

    Hope that helps.
  3. Dave Gittins

    Dave Gittins Member

    Sonja, remember that most of the accommodation in any class wasn't very wonderful. The ship's fame rests on the two luxury suites and (I think) 39 other expensive suites in first class. Titanic was approved to carry 905 first class passengers and to do that they had to use the simple cabins described by Lester. Naturally, publicity photos concentrated on the luxury cabins, so we find plenty of photos on them in books like The Birth of the Titanic.
  4. Jeremy Lee

    Jeremy Lee Member

    White Star Line ads of the Olympic and Titanic might also help.
  5. Do you mean that Titanic was not actually a luxurious ship for all but one only for some? I do not seem to totally agree since she was a beautiful ship that needed all the luxuries she could in order to attract more and more rich passengers who wanted to travel in absolutely comfortable and exquisite surroundings (decorated staterooms, gymnasium, squash courts, swimming pool, fine food etc.). Yet, someone would argue that the simplest first class cabins on E deck contribute to the notion "the more passengers, the better"! Any comments on the above?
  6. Bob Godfrey

    Bob Godfrey Member

    George, every 1st Class passenger had access to all those luxurious public facilities that you've mentioned. You could get it all for paying as little as three times the price of a 3rd Class ticket. Anybody who wanted private luxury as well could choose to pay a great deal more for a beautifully decorated suite. But most chose not to. If you intended to spend your waking hours enjoying the luxury of the public spaces, the fine foods and the good company, then your cabin was just a changing room and a place to sleep. Most people even in 1st Class couldn't or wouldn't pay a small fortune just to wake up in exquisite surroundings. Only a very small proportion of the passengers were so fabulously rich that they didn't need to consider the price.
  7. Well IMO, the strong effort to make ships as luxurious and as comfortable as possible was just beginning to get off the ground. When you ask most people about how they think First-Class on the Titanic was, they would say that every wall was covered in expensive, ornate wood, everywhere there was only the finest carpet and fabrics used, every room was bristling with crystal chandeliers, and everything was either gold plated or buried in marble. Of course if they do some decent research, most people find out for the most part that this was not the fact (at least cabin-wise). Only about 39 First-Class Suites on the Titanic somewhat matched this exaggerated description. I think that White Star thought that most people wouldn't sit around cooped up in their staterooms for the entire voyage enjoying this luxury; they would be out walking around on deck enjoying the fresh air, playing cards or writing in the public rooms, exploring the ship, etc, so they put a big effort into making their public rooms the finest on the sea; only later would the attention turn to cabins.

    Of course back in 1912 on a ship, even the average First-Class cabin on the Titanic would have been considered more than comfortable. After all, brass bedsteads, wicker armchairs, horsehair sofas, electric heaters, ceiling fans, and marble washstands would hardly be roughing it.
  8. Thanks to both of you for your excellent well put points of view. Good night from a rainy Greece ...
  9. You're welcome, George. Glad I could help.