‘The Cooling room on the middle deck in connection with the Turkish Baths is in many respects one of the most interesting and striking rooms on the ship. The portholes are concealed by an elaborately carved Cairo curtain, through which the light fitfully reveals “something of the grandeur of the mysterious East.”
‘The walls are completely tiled, from the dado to the cornice, in large panels of blue and green, surrounded by a broad band of tiles in a bolder and deeper hue.
‘The dado and doors and panelling are in a warm-coloured Teak, which makes a perfect setting to the gorgeous effect of the tiles and ceiling, the cornice and beams of which are gilt, and the intervening panels picked-out in dull red. From these panels are suspended bronze Arab lamps. The stanchions are cased also in teak, carved all over with an intricate Moorish pattern, and surmounted by a carved cap.
‘Over the doors are small gilt domes, semicircular in plan, with their soffits carved in a low relief geometrical pattern.
‘As those who partake of Turkish Baths are constrained to spend a considerable time in the Cooling Room, no pains have been spared to make it interesting and comfortable.
‘Around the walls are low couches, and between each an inlaid Damascus table, upon which one may place one’s coffee, cigarettes, or books.
‘As the drinking of fresh water is one of the concomitant features of the benefits of taking the bath, there is a handsome marble drinking fountain set in a frame of tiles. There is also a teak dressing table and mirror with all its accessories, and a locker to which valuables may be committed, whilst scattered around the room are numerous canvas chairs.’