Titanic was the epitome of the gilded life in 1912

The replica of Titanic's grand stair case in Belfast

The replica of Titanic's grand stair case in Belfast

First published in Titanic Features Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

WITH some of the world’s wealthiest people on board, Titanic more than met their incredibly high expectations.

Billed as a ‘luxury hotel at sea’, first-class passengers were spoilt for choice when it came to attractions which included a squash court, gymnasium, barber shop, swimming pool and Turkish baths.

And for those who preferred to while away the journey in a more sedate fashion, Titanic’s orchestra provided delightful background music and fabulous concerts.

Open to first-class passengers only, Titanic’s salt water swimming pool was a very special treat.

In fact, along with her sister ship Olympic, Titanic was the first ship with a heated swimming pool to go to sea.

Meanwhile at the Turkish baths, rich passengers could enjoy some rest and relaxation in style for the cost of four shillings or one dollar.

The elegantly decorated Moorish-themed baths boasted a steam room, a hot room, a temperate room, shampooing rooms, toilets and a cooling room.

They were also home to ‘electric beds’, an incredibly modern invention which used electric lamps to warm their occupants.

The gymnasium was also incredibly state-of-the-art.

For the price of one shilling, guests could try out a number of motorised machines, including an electric camel and electric horse, whether for exercise or just general amusement.

And then there were the more conventional cycling machines and a rowing machine to help keep them fit.

The gymnasium was open for ladies between 9am and noon, and for gentlemen between 2pm and 6pm. Children were allowed in between 1pm and 3pm.

A squash court – complete with spectator gallery on middle deck – was located one deck below, and was again exclusively for first-class passengers.

They also had access to an exclusive 50-ft private promenade, one on either side of the vessel, wellstocked libraries and an onboard telephone system.

Located on deck A, the promenade stretched uninterrupted from one end of the ship to the other.

Passengers could look out to sea from there sat on a deckchair, or take a stroll along it with their fellow high-class travellers.

Also located on this deck were a number of the finest cabins, as well as the elegant reading room, smoke room, the café of the veranda, and the first-class lounge.

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