Cruise Overview

Cruise Calendar

The timetable for the cruise is shown on the calendar below with the cruise dates 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:

  • 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 2022 Equivalent
Basic cost of cruise £23 £92 £5,156
Cost of Excursions £7-3s-0d £28-12s-0d £1,569
Miscellaneous Expenses £5 £20 £1,120
Grand Total £140-12s-0d £7,845

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 income for an average earner. The people on the cruise would have been mainly middle-class. Working-class people at the time would be lucky to get more than a day's outing to the seaside and an old ship like Moldavia is unlikely to have attracted the better off.