Adriatic Mediterranean Cruise, 1931

The cover for the 1931 plans and rates' brochure for Britannic and Adriatic. (Author's Collection)
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 ship. (Author's Collection)
Adriatic visited a number of ports during her cruises, as this map - issued to the passengers - shows. (Author’s collection.)
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’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. (Author’s collection.)
This photograph shows Adriatic's drawing room from earlier in the her career. (Author's collection.)
Adriatic’s cabin class smoke room: '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.)
The 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.' (Author's collection.)
Adriatic’s accommodation plan was colour-coded, in a similar fashion to many at the time. (Author's collection.)
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. (Author's Collection)
Adriatic's passenger elevator, or lift. (Author's collection.)
Adriatic’s spacious cabin class dining saloon, accessible directly from the passenger elevator and with a large area in the middle for dancing. (Author’s collection.)
A photo of the dining saloon from earlier during her career. (Author's collection.)
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. (Author's collection.)
A plan of the Turkish bath establishment was made available to passengers on the maiden voyage. (Author's collection.)
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. (Author's collection.)
Olympic’s Turkish and electric baths - next to her swimming pool - from a June 1934 plan. (Author's collection.)
An artist’s illustration of Adriatic’s Turkish bath cooling room. (Author's collection.)
A photograph of its counterpart onboard Olympic. Titanic’s cooling room layout was different from that of Olympic, although the decorative scheme remained the same. (Author's collection.)