First Class on R.M.S. Mauretania
"... But apart from the question of speed, the 'Mauretania' will remain one of the most striking examples of a happy combination of perfection in naval architecture [...] and of the art of the decorator working with a free hand in design and expenditure."
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The paneling is relieved by carved capitals and pilasters, in which repetition of design has been avoided, and the prevailing impression is one of soft and heavy richness, relieved by the pleasing silvery tone of the aluminium " grille" or railing around the elevators.
One of the many delightful innovations [...] here passengers may sit and sip their coffee in the open air, perfectly protected from the weather. Evergreens have been trailed across the glazed roof, giving the passenger an impression of shore comforts.
Specially pleasing in general effect is the dining-room, with its panelling and pillars in natural creamy oak, its upper gallery and its great central dome with a gilded boss to represent the sun, and a scheme of decoration which displays the signs of the Zodiac around the base.