Life On Board A Cunard Cruise Ship In 1840 Compared To Now
Cunard celebrated its 175th birthday this year. That's a long time of cruising the world's vast oceans. Exactly how has Cunard changed since its first voyage back in 1840? One thing we know was milk was plentiful, courtesy of a cow slung in a hammock across the deck. Let's find out what else was different.
1840: A Liverpool to Halifax crossing cost 35 guineas per person (including wines, spirits and food).
2015: An Eastbound crossing (inside cabin) this summer costs from £1,299 ($A2,800).
1840: Two small bunks, a small sofa, a washstand and pegs for clothes (approximately 15 square metres). According to Charles Dickens, who travelled on Britannia in July 1842, his pillow resembled “a muffin beaten flat”.
2015: Standard inside stateroom with twin beds and shower (approximately 15 square metres). Robe and slippers, nightly turndown, satellite television with multi-language film and music channels, a fridge and a choice of nine pillow types.
1840: 8.5 knots.
2015: 28.5 knots.
1840: Plentiful, courtesy of a cow slung in a hammock across the deck.
2015: 32,180 litres of milk for a 14-day voyage.
Whiskey & Brandy
1840: 2s 6d (equivalent to 12 and a half pence / $A0.25) for a pint.
2015: Johnnie Walker Black Label $US7.95 ($A11.10) for 1.5oz (44ml).
Britannia (1840): £30,000
Queen Mary 2 (Current): £450 million ($A970 million)
On The Menu
1840: Geese [sic] with roast apple sauce; beef, pork or mutton; roast foul; veal patty. Cranberry pies; custard puddings.
2015: Pan-seared sea bream served with Cajun dirty rice, buttered courgettes and black-eyed bean salsa. Warm chocolate fondant with cardamom caramel and vanilla ice cream.
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