The timetable for the cruise is shown on the calendar below with the cruise dates shaded.
The booklet below gives the dates of arrivals and departures at the various ports of call and an overview of the excursions available.
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:
- A 23 day Spring cruise on Moldavia leaving on 9 April 1936 and calling at 'Athens, Istanbul, Santorin etc.' at prices from £23.
- A 14 day Early Summer cruise on Moldavia leaving on 9 May 1936 and calling at 'Barcelona, Palma, Algiers Etc.' with prices from £14.
- The total cost of all of the excursions in the cruise booklet would have set you back £7-3s-0d per head.
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|
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.