Today, I was watching the show "Ghosts of the Abyss", the James Cameron movie about the Titanic. It was interesting, if your into that sort of stuff. Anyways, they show a promenade stateroom via remote control camera. They said a promenade stateroom would cost $3,000 "to book your passage". So, I assume that was $3000 a person??? I just thought that was alot for back then, especially if it was a person. I wonder what that would equate to for todays dollar value. No wonder only high society could afford it. Just thought I would share this interesting tidbit. Lil' Lori
A little research on Titanic costs yielded the following information from titanic-online.com's FAQ. (In 1912 dollars) The lowest fare for third-class passage was approximately $36.25 one way for a single person willing to share a cabin. Second-class started at $66. First-class started at $125, but up to £900, or about $1800 for the best suite. Compare that price to the fact that a ordinary home could be purchased for less than $1,000 dollars, hence the nickname: "The Millionaire’s Suite."
Wow... such wonderful posts since I last visited. I'll answer as many as I can. Lesson to all -- never get a liner fan to reminisce, if you want short answers, lol.
Peter, I laughed when I saw your note. No, my aunt was not on Song of America, lol. I don't recall the name of some of the ships, but one sank near Egypt, and another sank off of South Africa. I'll have to ask her.
Song of America, last I heard, was sailing for Thomson Cruises as Thomson Destiny. Yet, she was not stretched -- that was Song of Norway.
choochella, your Dolphin ship was most likely owned by Dolphin Cruise Line in 1997, when you sailed. I say "most likely" as she was transferred to Cape Canaveral Cruise Line later in the year or earlier the next. What a great little ship! Sadly, Cape Canaveral Cruise Line went out of business, and the little Dolphin was eventually scrapped.
Penny, your Carnival ship that is no longer with us would be either Mardi Gras or Festivale. Do you recall the year?
As for Titanic -- the best book for those interested in her final hours is Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember." I cannot recommend this highly enough.