Room Service?


Arun Vajpey

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If there was someone in a Second Class cabin who was reluctant to use the public dining room for some reason (not a disability) and requested to be allowed to eat in their cabin, would they be allowed to do so?

Even if a crew member could not bring their meals in, could another passenger (say a relative travelling with them) volunteer to do so and promise to clear-up afterwards? Would that be possible?
 
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I don't know for sure but suspect that they would have accommodated the request.

In John Maxtone Graham's excellent 'The Only Way to Cross' there is the possibly apocryphal story of a sad little man who every day requested a chicken sandwich from his steamer chair on deck. He never used the dining salon but tipped the steward sixpence on completion of the trip and commented he hoped he would be able to afford to eat in the dining room on his return trip!
 
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If there was someone in a Second Class cabin who was reluctant to use the public dining room for some reason (not a disability) and requested to be allowed to eat in their cabin, would they be allowed to do so?

Even if a crew member could not bring their meals in, could another passenger (say a relative travelling with them) volunteer to do so and promise to clear-up afterwards? Would that be possible?

The room service was mentioned by 2nd class passenger Mrs. Shelley who wrote a list of complaints. She claimed to be very ill and wanted to be transferred to a larger cabin. The purser did not believe her, but she was eventually transferred to a better cabin. In her affidavit she mentions the room service meals:

'.....That after being transferred to this new cabin, the 2nd class physician, Dr. Simpson, called from three to four times a day; that he feared the attack of tonsillitis brought on by the chill would become diphtheretic and ordered Mrs. Shelley to remain in her cabin......That although the servants on board were most willing, they had a hard time to do their work; that the stewardess could not even get a tray to serve Mrs. Shelley's meals and had to bring the plates and dishes one at a time in her hands, making the service very slow and annoying. The food, though good and plentiful, was ruined by this trouble in serving. That although both steward and stewardess appealed time and time again to the heads of their departments, no relief was obtained. There seemed to be no organization at all.'

Owing to the difficulty the stewards had in serving the meals to her cabin, I doubt they were prepared to do the same for regular passengers who were healthy in 2nd class. Unless they had special arrangements made, or were confined to their room by Doctor's orders. Maybe 1st class had the same trouble? As this was the Titanic's maiden voyage there were possibly many items not yet installed or furnished which made it much more difficult to serve meals to the passengers in their cabins.
 
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Owing to the difficulty the stewards had in serving the meals to her cabin, I doubt they were prepared to do the same for regular passengers who were healthy in 2nd class.
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Thanks. This I would take it to mean that if a relative was prepared to carry a meal tray into the cabin after he/she herself had eaten, the stewards would not mind....as long as they also cleared-up afterwards.
 

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Hi everyone,

If you were a passenger who had opted to eat your (saloon) meals in your cabin, would each course be taken to you by a steward? As you had paid the fare for your meals included in the ticket price, you would expect your money's worth. And would this include the accompanying beverage that goes with each course?

If so, could there have been any complaints that the food was cold or were hot plates used? I'm trying to imagine the trolley's journey to say, a cabin on A-deck where it is quite a distance from the galley. It must have been quite a rush for the steward!
 

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