There was a reason Titanic was known as a floating palatial hotel. Her patrons desired the comforts and lifestyle they were accustomed to and as could be experienced in the best hotels in Europe and America.
In 1912 Titanic did not have the technology we have today and passengers did not necessarily have the same expectations of amusements aboard – however many parallels can be drawn. Public rooms offered light snacks and refreshments and afternoon tea was enjoyed at 4pm every day in the Reception Rooms where tea and cakes were served. Concerts were held several times throughout the day or passengers could get some sun relaxing in a deck chair on the upper decks. The Turkish Bath was akin to the modern practice of a day spa where passengers could enjoy a massage or beauty treatment. Although not situated on the upper decks, the swimming pool was very popular with First Class passengers. The Lounges were stocked with the latest books and the First Class Smoking Room doubled as a high-class bar and casino where card games could be played out.
In many ways, class defined people and it was important to be seen in the right place. While traveling First Class suggested a certain standing and wealth, some passengers preferred the relaxed social etiquette of Second Class that was so de rigueur in First Class.