Cabin Liners presents the history of ocean travel in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Visitors can virtually step aboard the ships which made their mark on the interwar period and explore historical themes concerning the development of ocean travel and life aboard. All information is collected from our extensive collection of brochures, photographs, deck plans, and other memorabilia, supported by relevant secondary resources.
The 1920s and 1930s were a new age in ocean travel. Leading up to the First World War, La Belle Époque had been a combined age of stylish ocean travel and mass migration. Fueled by fierce economic competition, rapid technological development, and concern for national status, shipping companies and national governments were engaged in a constant battle of one-upmanship for the fastest, smoothest, and best quipped Atlantic liners. All passengers enjoyed increasing comfort - from the vastly improved welfare and facilities for third class immigrants, to the opulent design and innovative facilities in first class accommodation.
Cabin Ships are the result of public demand for luxury in transatlantic travel at moderate rates. The Cabin Traveler enjoys every comfort and many of the luxuries of the great express liners - and yet for a pleasingly smaller fare.
The post-war period was a changing world. Shipping companies were gradually forced to adapt but their evolution ushered in a second golden age of the ocean liner. Increased prosperity opened up travel to many and more restricted immigration shifted focus away from migrants to a new class of traveler. This was the birth of the ‘Cabin Liner’ era. Whilst First Class remained on the great express liners, passengers on smaller vessels could take advantage of the new Cabin Class, providing the comfort and service of first class at almost second class rates. Much of the once extensive Third Class gradually gave way to the new Tourist-Third Cabin. Dormitories housing hopeful immigrants were replaced by neat, modern cabins for students, backpackers, and a new class of holiday makers. A new world brought about a new understanding of ocean travel which we invite you to explore and experience through this website.