Cruise Overview

Cruise Calendar

The timetable for the cruise is shown on the calendar below with the cruise dates being shaded.

Cruise Itinerary

Overview of the Cruise

The booklet below gives the dates of arrivals and departures at the various ports of call and an overview of the excursions available.

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Excursions Booklet [1]
Excursions
Map from Excursions Booklet [1]

Affordability

I had hoped to find a P&O newspaper advertisement for this particular cruise to see how much it cost but the nearest I could get from 1936 were the following:

My estimate of the cost of the cruise for four people is in the table below. I have estimated the cost of the cruise itself to be £23 per head, assumed that our party took all the excursions, and that they spent a further £5 per head on miscellaneous payments for food, souvenirs etc.

Item Cost/Person 1936 Amount 2019 Equivalent
Basic cost of cruise £23 £92 £6,455
Cost of Excursions £7-3s-0d £28-12s-0d £2,000
Miscellaneous Expenses £5 £20 £1,400
Grand Total £140-12s-0d £9,855

Average income in 1936 is usually quoted at somewhere around £150 per annum though this would obviously depend on your job. Many people working in industry in big cities got around £130 per annum while agricultural workers got maybe £80 per annum.

The cruise for a party of four would have cost about a year's earnings of an average earner so it follows that the people on the cruise would have been mostly been from the middle classes. Working-class people at the time would be lucky to get more than a day's outing to the seaside.

Image Credits

  1. From the website owner's album from the voyage