Really. Why would you just burn up the whole week right away? Stretch it out. Enjoy the journey. Let us all agree to heap scorn on anyone who comments ahead of the posted date!

Let’s see what’s in the bulging folder of “almost good enough, but not quite” I’ve been dragging around for a while.

1960. I'm fond of old cruise ship brochures - it's often the only record left of the interiors.

Wonder what they're selling here?

I don't know why she's carrying a 32-gallon drumm on her back; must have been the style at the time.

What do you get for your money? Cruising beyond compare:


Length was 714 feet. (The Titanic was 882; The Queen Mary 2 is 1,132.)


With cruising in mind, the new ship - soon to be named Caronia by Princess Elizabeth - received many different features from her Cunard White Star fleetmates. An outdoor swimming pool was a new thing, as was having bathroom / shower facilities in every cabin.

The pool is the size of the bathtub in some cruise ship suites:


The exterior public spaces were tiny compared to today's big ships. People always call this the Golden Age of Cruising, since the ships were real ships, not floating shopping malls! Those people are daft.






One of the bigger rooms - why, it even has a phone, so you can call home for $39.04 per minute!



I will admit that the standards of dress were a bit more classy - but who wants to wear this in the Tropics?



Of course he's relaxed! That's his vacation tie:



"Any chance of a bowl of meat with peas - why, you read my mind."



In the background, the weathy older couple enjoys some wine, unaware of the hideous deformed insectoid alien in the next room:



Those are the only photos of the interior in the brochure, but cruise ships always seem to stint on this sort of thing. I've never seen a website that gave me a true picture of the ship, and once I got aboard I realized why: perhaps they want you to be surprised.

They will show you the exciting pool area, with water carefully calibrated not to blend in with the ocean:

So the brochure was for August 31 - Sept 17. What did they do every day?

I wish I could say. Forgive me. I cannot.

But I can tell you what they did on the 18th. I found this at Hunt & Gather weeks after I found the Caronia brochure. Probably the same cache from the same traveler.



Would you say that Neptune was sloshed? Wouldn't he always be sloshed?

If you're wondering what you did on board, the answer was "eat.





The movie, "Cone of Silence," might have provided temporary solace to people on a ship, but they had to get home somehow, no? Trains, perhaps. IMDB:


Cone of Silence is a 1960 British drama film directed by Charles Frend and starring Michael CraigPeter CushingGeorge Sanders, and Bernard Lee. The film is about the investigation into a series of crashes involving the fictional 'Atlas Aviation Phoenix' jetlinerCone of Silence is loosely based on the 1952 crash in Rome and investigations into the structural integrity of the de Havilland Comet.

Cheery holiday movie.

Late night dacing in the Starlight Hide-Away, you say?

Herewith the story . . . of the Green Goddess.



There's an entire website with exhaustive detail - 1949 passenger lists! - right here, if you want to know more.

That’ll do - see you tomorrow. Remember, the Bleat Index has the links. You could eat them all up today.

Why would you do that.



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