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‘The Adriatic is a ship on which gentlefolk like to travel. Her public rooms impart a sense of well-being...of good taste. One is wont to mingle freely with one’s fellow enjoy to the fullest extent the cosmopolitan group of voyagers who refer to the Adriatic as “my ship”.’

Adriatic Plans and Rates 1931

Above and below: Adriatic was advertised as a ‘popular cruise ship’ for her early 1931 cruise schedule, along with the new Britannic; White Star provided a full description of the two ships (click on image to open an enlarged, easier to read version in a new window). (Author’s collection.)

Adriatic Popular Cruise Ship


Adriatic Cruise Map

Above: Adriatic visited a number of ports during her cruises, as this map - issued to the passengers - shows. (Author’s collection.)


Adriatic Prices for Cruise

Above: Adriatic’s prices varied considerably, depending on the type of accommodation booked. Naturally, the staterooms with their own private bathroom facilities were more expensive. (Author’s collection.)


Adriatic A-deck

Above: Adriatic’s drawing room was situated on the boat deck, unlike her sister Baltic’s which was on the deck below. The large lounge occupied the front of the deck, where the deckhouse spanned almost the entire width of the ship. The drawing room was often called the reading and writing room, especially earlier during her career. Click on the plan to view a photograph of the drawing room’s interior from earlier in the ship’s career. (Author’s collection.)

Below, left and right: Adriatic’s cabin class smoke room and cabin class lounge: ‘The lounge has excellent facilities for all desired indoor games. It is a popular place for those seeking congenial conversation. Every one it at home, and informal good-will is noticeable from the first hours of the voyage. Games, reading, conversation, letter writing and music fill the happy hours in these cheerful rooms. The smoking room interior is spacious and handsomely fitted. The service is of the best and the comforts that appeal to a man’s heart are found here.’ (Author’s collection.)


Adriatic Cabin Smoke Room


Adriatic Cabin Lounge



Adriatic Index

Below, left and right: Adriatic’s accommodation plan was colour-coded, in a similar fashion to many at the time. Here, the cabin class staterooms situated around the main staircase on C-deck display their differences: from the suites and staterooms with private baths; to the airy outside staterooms; and cosy single-berth staterooms inside. The dark room can be seen next to the staircase itself, while the passenger elevator - or lift - is highlighted in red. These features gained a lot of attention when she entered service in 1907. (Click on the plan to view a slightly larger version in a new window.) (Author’s collection.)

Adriatic C-deck

Adriatic Cabin Dining Saloon Plan

Above: Adriatic’s spacious cabin class dining saloon, accessible directly from the passenger elevator and with a large area in the middle for dancing. Click on the plan to view a photo of the dining saloon from earlier during her career. (Author’s collection.)



Adriatic First Class Turkish Baths Instruction 1907

Anti-clockwise, starting from left: Adriatic’s Turkish, electric and plunge bath establishment - alongside the large gymnasium - were the first luxuries of their kind onboard a White Star liner. (And the first to go to sea, if we exclude the electric baths.) Despite its small size, the plunge bath - which was intended to be used as part of the Turkish bath experience - also had a claim to being the first swimming pool afloat. The instructions to passengers from 1907 specified the opening hours and charges; while a plan was made available to passengers on the maiden voyage (click upon it to view an enlargement in a new window); twenty-four years later, the establishment remained largely unchanged, although one of the electric bath rooms had been converted into a chiropodist’s office and another into a dressing room. When Olympic entered service in 1911, the popularity of Adriatic’s Turkish baths ensured that she would be similarly equipped; she also possessed a larger swimming pool, squash court and gymasium. The original ‘Olympic’ class design proposals called for a large gymnasium near the Turkish baths, as with Adriatic, yet when Olympic was completed the gymnasium had been moved to the boat deck and enjoyed the sea air. (Author’s collection.)


Adriatic First Class Turkish Baths 1907


Adriatic Cabin Turkish Baths


‘Amusements on these ships are a little less stressed, perhaps, than on the fashionable express liners, but they are not lacking. On each ship the orchestra gives daily concerts of classic and popular music and also plays for dancing. Games of various kinds are played in the lounge and smoking room, and there is generous deck space for outdoor sports.’

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