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How Passengers Enjoyed They Life On Titanic Before It Tragically Sunk

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Before the Titanic tragedy, it was more than charming to abroad and travel. Back at the time, it was more than enjoyable to aboard the cursed ship, especially Titanic. They had everything there, from games, exercise, and an amazing sea view. But, the truth is that they had much more ways to entertain themselves.

There were many classes within the ship, but the entertainment was equally spread among passengers. But what did they exactly did? Well, they weren’t dancing the rumba for sure. Check how passengers on Titanic lived their life before it went under.

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20. The ‘Unsinkable’ Ship

From day one Titanic was promoted as the best ship ever. Moreover, the manufacturers claimed that Titanic was completely unsinkable. On April 10, 1912, the Titanic started its voyage from Southampton to New York.

Titanic carried more than 2,200 passengers, plus the crew. Five days into the voyage, Titanic hit an iceberg and in just two hours the ship was underwater, taking 1,500 lives. Before the unavoidable sinking, life on the Titanic was pretty sweet.

19. The Passengers Were Mostly From High Class

Titanic was divided by class, first, second, and third-class (depending on the price of the boarding ticket). The price for first-class ranged in the thousands.

For example, one of the Titanic survivors was a yachtswoman, Charlotte Drake Cardeza, the daughter of a wealthy textile mill owner. This game hunter paid $2,600 for her first-class ticket. That amount is equal to today’s $61,000.

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18. First-Class Benefits

The first-class ticket granted Cardeza a three-bedroom suite for her, her son, and the maid. She even had her private closet and bathroom. Also, she had access to best services that weren’t available for second and third-class passengers.

One of amenities available to first-class passengers included mornings in the ship’s veranda cafe or just having tea in the ship’s first-class tea room. Titanic was praised as the most lavish ship on the ocean, and the hype was real.

17. John Lived To Tell The Story

Compared to today’s cruise lines, Titanic didn’t have all-you-can-eat-buffets and group dances. It was classier. Passengers even had the shuffleboard.

John B. Thayer was only 17-years-old when he boarded the Titanic. He didn’t survive by boarding a lifeboat (like his mother did). John went down with the ship and stayed in below freezing waters before he was able to make it to safety.

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16. Thayer Wrote A Book About The Incident

Thayer described his experience on the Titanic in his memoirs. He said that he went to dress for dinner at about 6:30 p.m. That fatal night he dined alone. When first-class dinned they dinned big style.

First-class passengers dined in style with quality food and music. A live orchestra played in the background. Simply said, the dining room would be just as extravagant as the people who ate there.

15. A Five-Star Menu

Thayer described the food as delicious. First-class passengers were served 13 courses, including pâté de foie gras and Waldorf pudding.

Each course was accompanied by wine and the entire dinner could last for five hours. Other selections included roast duck, raw oysters, and sirloin steaks.

14. Hit The Gym

For those who wanted to stay in shape, Titanic had a modern gym, equipped for ladies and gentlemen. Yes, they loved to workout.

Actually, passengers had a stationary rowing machine, mechanically-worked saddles, and stationary bicycles. Both women and men would come to these gymnasiums fully clothed.

13. Place For Book Lovers

Titanic had a reading room that was strictly reserved for book lovers among high society and the second-class. The turn of the century was divided into the wealthy, working, and lower classes.

The reading room was furnished with plush furniture and cushioned for extra silence. It was a library and a writing room. The room was opened both for women and men.

12. Famous People Who Were Supposed To Be On The Titanic

Edwardian socialites are barely known in 2019, but you would be surprised to learn about the famous people who missed this colossal tragedy.

Luckily, his wife boarded a different liner a few days before the Titanic sail. J.P. Morgan (an American financier and banker who dominated corporate finance on Wall Street) and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (a wealthy American businessman), also avoid certain death.

11. Room With An Ocean View

Everything about first-class was about comfort, including their cabins. The prestigious passenger would bring family members, maid, and bags of clothing. Nothing was ‘too much’.

First-class rooms often had an additional cabin with a view and a living area. Their cabins were decorated in period styles such as French Louis XVI, Georgian, and Queen Anne.

10. First-Class Had A Private Lounge

Privacy and relaxation were just one of many privileges of the first-class. They even had a private lounge. Exclusively reserved for Britain’s elite.

Britain’s elite would drink tea here, enjoy treats or anything else that their heart desired. They even had live music.

9. First Class Loved Turkish Baths

Passengers could enjoy a real spa day at the ship’s Turkish baths. These baths are kind of a Moroccan-style sauna where you can relax and detox from a 13-course meal.

The Turkish bath wasn’t included in the first-class ticket. Every passenger had to pay around today’s $25 to enter. This facility was strictly reserved for first-class passengers.

8. Kids Had Fun On Titanic

Titanic had 107 children in the ship and sadly only 50 of them survived. For what it was worth, Titanic was a place where they a lot of fun during the day.

Children spend the majority of their time of fun on the deck: playing different games, meeting children from all around the world and simply running around. Because the ship was massive they had a huge playground.

7. Life Of Second And Third-Class

But, what about the life of the second and the third-class passengers? Well, the second-class passengers had no 13-course dinners, but they had almost the same privileges as the first-class passengers.

A second-class ticket was worth $60 and included two beds and a small wardrobe. They had a sink and occasionally a small table. They didn’t have their bathrooms.

6. Second Class Had American Ice Cream

Second-class had nice dining options, minus the champagne and caviar. Also, first-class had French ice cream for dessert, while the second-class passengers had to be satisfied with American Ice Cream.

First-class and second-class passengers overlapped in some activities. Also, second-class had access to a smoking room and libraries. You can think of it in terms of airport privileges. But, what about the third-class?

5. Third-Class Passengers

A ticket for third-class cost around $40 and third-class passengers wasn’t as lowly as the characters in Cameron’s ‘Titanic’. Back then, you would have to save for months to buy this ticket, although it doesn’t sound much from today’s perspective.

The dining room was simple, clean, and there was no specific menu. They would usually eat corn, gravy, roast beef, boiled potatoes, and plum pudding, for dessert.

4. Third-Class Passengers Were Mostly New-Comers To The States

The majority of third-class passengers were people seeking for a new and better life in America. From 2,400 passengers, 709 of them were third-class passengers. Most of them were Irish, Finnish, Belgian, and Swedish.

Unlike other ships, Titanic provided food and amenities for their third-class passengers. Other vessels usually insisted that third-class passengers provide their food. Also, they would only have two bathrooms. With this floating city, that wasn’t the case.

3. Titanic Had Smoking Rooms

Back in the days, the majority of people smoked, especially men. Therefore, no wonder that Titanic had special smoking lounges. However, it’s important to note that smoking was more of a hobby than a full-time need.

Smoking was more seen as an activity, such as shuffleboard. Smoking rooms were reserved for men and they used them to talk, socialize, play games, and talk politics.

2. Titanic Had Dogs As Passengers

Yes, people took their pets with them on Titanic. There were numerous first-class pups abroad, and only a few of them survived.

Titanic had its kennel to house the pampered pooches, each with their caretaker. Twelve of the dogs were recorded on Titanic. Sadly, only one Pekingese and two Pomeranian’s survived. They were saved by their mistresses.

1. Famous People And Titanic

Famous people on Titanic weren’t only singers and movie stars, they were also people from business life.

One of the most famous people who boarded the ship was millionaire John, Jacob Astor. His family built the famous Waldorf-Astoria. He died when Titanic sunk, together with Macy’s co-owner Isidore Straus.

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