‘“The Cruising Ship of Splendour.” Such is the title which the 35,000 ton White Star Liner Homeric has earned during her days of cruising in the Mediterranean. Everywhere she has been greeted as the latest, largest and finest of Britain’s cruise liners - the flagship of British pleasure ships.

‘Only a visit to the ship herself can convey the vast scale on which everything aboard this superb liner is built. No photograph or description can give an adequate impression of the palatial dining saloon, or the wonderful lounge, undoubtedly one of the finest rooms on any ship in the world...’

homeric first class dining saloon capacity

Above and below: A seating summary of the first class dining saloon, including the small dining saloon, which seated a combined 524 passengers. The small saloon seated the assistant pursers, ship’s officers, and a passenger department representative. (Author’s Collection.)

homeric small dining saloon plan

homeric first class saloon

Above: The White Star Line issued a complete plan of Homeric’s first class dining saloon in July 1932 (click on the image to download it in a new window). It showed the layout, table placement, and marked the large captain’s table, as well as those of other senior officers. The captain sat on seat number 18 at the largest table in the middle of the saloon, while the surgeon, chief engineer, assistant commander, and purser sat at tables around the captain’s. The passenger who saved this plan marked their own table allocation in blue crayon, showing that their party was seated at table 97 at the forward starboard corner of the saloon, near the entrance. (Author’s Collection.)

Below: Another plan of the first class dining saloons, issued three years earlier, described the small dining saloon as the ‘supplementary dining room’. (Author’s Collection.)

homeric first class dining saloon floor plan 1929

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