Second Class Meals


Lily Peters

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Just because I'm curious, what food would've been served in the second class dining saloon each day of the voyage?

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Bob Godfrey

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The same kitchen prepared the food for both 1st and 2nd Class, so some elements (like the vegetables) would have been exactly the same, but overall the 2nd Class passengers got less elaborate meals with fewer courses and less choices. We don't know what was served at every meal, but you'll find some examples of surviving 2nd Class menus here:


As a bonus, you'll also find on that web page something else you were looking for - a photo of the 2nd Class dining room.
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Arun Vajpey

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As I understand, Second Class passengers had no choice as to where they ate their meals - it had to be the dining room. Also, the menus suggest that there were 3 meals served for Second Class passengers - breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What was the usual dinner time in Second Class? I ask because evening meal times often differed with different countries, even in Europe. If someone chose to earlier or later than the scheduled Second Class dinner time, could they manage?
 
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What was the usual dinner time in Second Class? I ask because evening meal times often differed with different countries, even in Europe. If someone chose to earlier or later than the scheduled Second Class dinner time, could they manage?
Dinner time was 6:30 p.m. When there were two sittings due to heavy booked 2nd class (like September 1914 on Olympic) it was at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
 
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Arun Vajpey

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Dinner time was 6:30 p.m. When there were two sittings due to heavy booked 2nd class (like September 1914 on Olympic) it was at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Thanks. If I was on board, I would have preferred the 7 pm sitting, especially as there would be less pressure to finish the meal and leave the table. Also, I like my lunch too and so would have liked to build-up some appetite for dinner.
 
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Thanks. If I was on board, I would have preferred the 7 pm sitting, especially as there would be less pressure to finish the meal and leave the table.
That of course if you had the "luck" of 2 sittings and could made the arrangement with the purser to be in that 2nd sitting. On Titanic there was of course only one sitting as 2nd class was far from full.
 

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Could you have ordered room service in 2nd class if you didn't want to go to the dining saloon for whatever reason, like you can on a cruise today? I imagine you probably could in 1st class and probably could not in 3rd.
 
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As I understand it there was no room service for 2nd or third class. But under certain circumstances if you were sick and confined to your cabin (at least in 2nd) they would get you meals delivered. But they weren't really set up to even do that. Its decribed better in the thread below.
 

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