As regards speed, food, cleanliness and attendance, the English, French,
German, and Austrian ships are much the same; some of the steamers
are large and fine, others only middling. At Easter, when crowds of
Christian pilgrims converge towards Jerusalem from all parts of the world,
and in the month of Ramadan (a festival which occurs at a different time
every year), when the Muslims go on their pilgrimage to Mecca, the boats
are so overcrowded with passengers, mostly third class, that the usual
order and cleanliness cannot always he maintained.
The First Class cabins and berths are always well furnished; those
of the Second Class , though less showy, are tolerably comfortable, and
are frequently patronised by gentlemen travelling alone. Ladies can only
be recommended to travel first class.
The Food, which is included in the first and second class fares, is
always abundant and of good quality. Liquors are charged extra; the
Messageries give their passengers a good table-wine without extra charge.
Passengers who are prevented by sickness from partaking of the regular
meals are supplied with lemonade and other refreshments gratis.
The Steward's Fee, which the passenger pays at the end of the voyage,
is from ]/2 fr. to 1 fr. a day; but more is expected if unusual trouble has
Good Baths are provided on the newer vessels for the use of passengers,
and may be used without extra charge. The attendant expects a fee at
the end of the voyage.
Tickets should be taken by the traveller in person at the office of
the company, and never through the medium of commissionaires or other
persons who offer their services. The tickets bear the name of the pas¬
senger and the name and hour of departure of the vessel. The prices for
return and circular tickets will be found below.
Embarkation, see pp. 3 et seq. On board the ship, the passenger's
ticket is taken from him by the steward or some other attendant who will
also show him his berth. Handbags with requisites for the night may be
taken into the cabins; trunks and other large luggage (which should be care¬
fully labelled with name and destination) are stowed away inthe hold.
Complaints should he addressed to the captain.
We now give a list of the most important services. With this
list the traveller should compare the books of information issued by
the companies (p. xvi). ,
1. Peninsular and Oriental Co. — A. Venice — Brindisi —
Alexandria every fortnight in each direction. Time 6 days. Fares :
from Venice st 10 and £: 7; from Brindisi £ 9 and s£ 6.
B. Brindisi — Port Sa'id or Ismai'iliya weekly in each direction.
Time 472 days.
C. Naples — Port Sa'id or Ismai'iliya every fortnight in each
direction. Time 472 days.
2. Messageries Maritimes. — A. Mediterranean Line: Mar¬
seilles - Piraeus - Smyrna -Alexandretta - Tripoli - Beirut -Alexandria-
Marseilles (touching at other intermediate ports). Every fortnight
in each direction from Marseilles.
B. Asiatic Line. Every fortnight from Marseilles to Alexandria
and Port Sa'id and back (comp. p. 4).
C. Australian Line. Once a month from Marseilles to Port Sa'id
and back. The East African line has a similar arrangement.
Tickets for the entire round trip (available for four months) must be
taken at the office, 16 Rue Cannebiere, Marseilles, at least four hours
before the steamer leaves. — Return tickets at a discount of 10 per cent
are available for four months., but only on the Mediterranean line. —
Palestine and Syria. 2nd ed. b