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Title: Cruises o'er the golden Caribbean
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Title: Cruises o'er the golden Caribbean
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Language: English
Creator: United Fruit Company Steamship Service
United Fruit Company. Steamship Service.
Publisher: United Fruit Company Steamship Service, Passenger Department
The Company,
Publication Date: 1927
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: Caribbean
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    Title Page
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        Page 6
    The ships of the great white fleet
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        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
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    Back Cover
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Copyright 1927 by
UNITED FRUIT Co., Passenger Department

17 Battery Place 281 Fifth Avenue
Boston, Mass.-19 Broad St. Chicago, 11.--142 S. Clark St.
New Orleans, La.-321 St. Charles St.

General Ofices-1 Federal Street, Boston, Mass.

RAVEL, a few years ago, especially sea travel-
6 was a method of getting from one place to an-
other in order that you might have a pleasant
time, after you arrived. Today your vacation
begins the minute you step on board. Life
aboard ship is luxurious. You enjoy the same
degree of careful service that you do at home, or
at your favorite club. The food is equal to that
served at any first-class hotel. Comfortable
beds, fine napery and towels, exquisite glassware
and table china all add to the pleasure of a voy-
age on a Great White Fleet Ship. All rooms are
outside rooms with windows opening on the sun-
lit water. Decks are very wide and spacious,
affording opportunity for dancing and deck-
games. Cold air ducts run through every state-
room. Ships are kept wonderfully clean. From
keel to bridge there is no trace of "ships smell."
Great White Fleet Ships, making a dozen
or more trips to the tropics every year are
manned by officers and men to whom the tropics
is an old story. They know what makes for true
comfort and luxury in the southland. They are
experts through much jfractice-and that is why
a cruise to the tropics on a Great White Fleet
Ship means so much more sea comfort than a
trip on a vessel chartered for a Caribbean cruise
once a year.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, a street scene. Situated in the
Liguenea Plain, Kingston has supplanted Port Royal, the
Pirate City which slid into the sea in Cromwell's day.
Here, all the year around the temperature stands in the
neighborhood of 80 degrees and a wealth of palms, tropic
flowers and shrubs make it an enchanted spot.

Scene at Pier 9, North River, on a Sailing Day


EA travel is an adventure! You have an oppor-
tunity to move around, to meet your fellow
voyagers, exchange experiences and form new friend-
ships. Add to the mystery and charm of the sea the
moonlit nights and perfumed breezes of the Tropics,
stir in the romance and history of the "Spanish
Main," and consider the luxurious comfort obtain-
able on a Great White Fleet Ship and there is small
wonder that year after year the fame of the Carib-
bean grows as a tourist resort.
Travelers were quick to learn that the Tropics can
be enjoyed in the Spring and Summer months quite
as well as they can be in the months of January,
February and March. For the Tropics is a region
of perpetual, delightful Summer. Careful readings
of the thermometer in Kingston, Jamaica, indicate a
mean temperature of 80 degrees the year 'round, and

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HAVANA, thoroughly modernized, still carries the at-
mosphere of old Spain. The narrow streets contain won-
derful shops where choice perfumes, gloves, and quaint
novelties may be purchased, and the broad avenues lead
to the historic spots where history was made when the
banners of Ferdinand and Isabella floated o'er the island.

very passenger a truest -Irom tne moment or arrival

even this is tempered by the cooling Westerly Trade
winds, which the natives call "The Doctor" so health-
ful is its beneficent influence.
What is more delightful than to contemplate a
leisurely voyage over seas bluer than turquoise to
lands where stately palms line the shores and where
lacey surf runs over coral reefs in colors that mock
the rainbow. Here everything is colorful and opu- i
lent. Houses are painted delicate pinks, mauves and lf'i
greens, the dress of the people is a kaleidoscopic jum- ,
ble of brilliant color. Magnificent Bouganvillea
trees, resembling gigantic purple and white bouquets .
dot the hillsides. Hibiscus and Cape Jessamine line
the hedgerows, feathery bamboos, giant ferns are '/

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HAVANA. Morro Castle symbolized the might of Spain
in the New World. Here some of the darkest tragedies
were enacted in the days when Cuba was struggling for
independence; and here in 1898 the yellow and red of
Spain fluttered down, marking the end of Spanish sov-
ereignty in the West Indies.


everywhere and at night time the stars, larger and
nearer than in the North, gleam like golden lamps in
a violet sky. In fact no spot on earth is more inter-
estingly colorful, more restful and more beautiful
than the lands and islands of the Caribbean Sea.
Perhaps no region the world 'round is so well served
as is the Caribbean, for twice every week Great
White Fleet Ships offer service between New York
and New Orleans and once each week between Bos-
ton, and Havana, Cuba; Kingston, Jamaica; Cristo-
bal, Canal Zone (Panama Canal); Port Limon, Costa
Rica; Cartagena, Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla),
and Santa Marta, Colombia, South America. In
addition there is a bi-monthly service between New
York, New Orleans and Puerto Barrios (Guatemala
City), Guatemala; Belize, British Honduras, Tela
and Puerto Castillo, Spanish Honduras, depending
upon the itinerary selected. The service is one of
ferryboat regularity. The ships have, each and every-
one, the same desirable sort of service and through
long years of experience there has been built up a
careful, painstaking method of caring for passengers
which has made the motto of the fleet a synonym for
good service.-"Every Passenger a Guest."
The Great White Fleet carries only one class of
passengers: FIRST CLASS. This means that the
entire ship is really the home of those who travel on
it. There are no sections set apart for the use of
second or third class passengers. The same character
of rooms, the same food, the same intimate, kindly
service is enjoyed by everyone and that is why season
after season our offices are flooded with letters of

When games can be played on spacious decks, it's good fun

appreciation from passengers who have enjoyed a
cruise on the Great White Fleet and why, year after
year, the same people make the same trip, on the
same ship, because they have learned to love the
tropics and what the tropics has to offer in renewed
health and vitality. And that they travel year in and
year out on ships of the Great White Fleet is possibly
the highest praise that could be awarded to this
always popular line.
And for a quarter of a century the Great White
Fleet, considered the pioneer line to the Caribbean,
has been building up and adding to its reputation.
There isn't a rebuilt or reconditioned ship in the
Fleet. Each and everyone was built for service in


In the smoking-room, where quiet games help to keep everyone happy

Tropical waters. Advantage has been taken of every
improvement and facility marine architecture has
produced. Every ship in the Fleet is an oil burner,
white and clean, with no cinders or smoke to mar the
enjoyment of long days spent on carefully awninged
decks. You will note with pleasure that there is no
jar or vibration, nor noise of machinery. In fact you
can enjoy the delights of life on an old time sailing
ship secure in the knowledge that you are far re-
moved from the influences of tides or winds.
Everything possible has been done to contribute
to the comfort of travelers on a Great White Fleet -
Ship. One of the most noteworthy is that every
room, on every ship, is an outside room. Whether

JAMAICA is English throughout.
Here and there on the island you
will find remnants of Spanish occu-
pation, but in churches and gate-
ways, statuary and names of streets
Old England has left such a deep
impression that to all intents and
purposes the Island might have been
always an English colony.

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In the dining-room aboard a Great White Fleet Ship

you decide upon a suite de luxe or a minimum priced
stateroom you will find windows open to the sea and
sky, with ample room to dress in comfort. And
room and air are a necessity in the tropics! You
simply can't enjoy yourself "cribbed, cabined and
confined" in a small, inside stateroom in the bowels
of a ship. Take the matter of closet space alone.
Nearly every room on a Great White Fleet Ship has
enough closet room to satisfy a woman's desire.
There are coat and skirt racks, drawer space for linen,
vanity dressers with movable mirrors. Carefully
disposed electric lights make reading a pleasure and
there is room to visit, to turn 'round and make living
a joy. Many of the ship's rooms have beds, not
berths, and a small but important requisite is the kind Ore. 1'


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PANAMA. The present city of Panama was fortified in
1674. Construction of the Cathedral was begun a few
years later. It is the show place of the Isthmus and is
visited by thousands of the faithful every year. Across
the savannah, five miles away, may be seen the ruins of
Old Panama.


PANAMA. "Peter McGill" lock-United States for
Pedro Miguel-lies well toward the Pacific end of the
Panama Canal. Here the visitor may see ships from the
seven seas passing through the gigantic gateway which
makes the commerce of East and West one.

Deck golf usually attracts attention

and quality of mattresses used. They are level; not
too hard nor yet too soft, and the sheets and pillow
cases are spotlessly clean and well laundered. Sleep
is a pleasure under these conditions.
And you will enthuse over the bathrooms. Tiled
flooring, done in white enamel, porcelain tub and
lavatory. Hot and cold water, fresh or salt, tub or
shower for in the tropics frequent baths are not a
luxury, they are a necessity. And you will note that
the mirrors are so placed that shaving is a pleasure
and that there are handy racks to hold toilet equip-
ment and drinking glasses within easy reach, and-
again a detail-the bath towels are the thick, fleecy,
five-foot kind of honest to goodness towels that really
dry up the dampness in a highly efficient manner.


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show place is an opera house which
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been termed the most typical Span-
ish city in the Western Hemisphere.
It is clean, well laid out, and the
show place is an opera house which
S- cost over a million dollars to erect.
There is a well-organized society in
San Jose and a delightful home life.
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A dinner to friends in the Palm Court on a Great White Fleet Ship

Note as you sit down to your first meal aboard, at
a table equipped for two, four or six persons, the
quality of the china and silverware. You would be
glad to have the same kind in your home. Napkins
are kept in specially sealed parchment envelopes so
they may be crisp and dry when they reach your
table. The water is filtered by a special process.
There are flowers on the table and a quiet, deferential
waiter who will be glad to aid you select your meal
if you ask him.
You will find on the menu many dishes peculiar
to the countries you expect to visit. You will also
find Walker Gordon Milk, fresh fruit, the kind of
coffee mother used to make, hot rolls and muffins,
baked aboard, delicious pastry, jellies, jams, delicacies

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A smiling stewardess and breakfast in bed

SThe relaxation of a sea voyage

of all sorts for in recent years a school for cooks has
been established ashore and every chef is taught how
to keep his menu up to the high standard the Fleet
demands. And remember this, if the food set forth
on the menu card doesn't meet, or tempt your appe-
tite, you can send for the Steward and have anything
you desire, especially cooked to your order-and for
this there is no additional charge. It is all a part of
the service that means "Every Passenger a Guest."
It is a fact that the finest hotel ashore does not use
more care and discrimination in its choice of food
than does the Steward's Department of the Great
White Fleet. Meats and vegetables, groceries and
fruit are twice inspected before they are put aboard
and the system of refrigeration and inspection in-

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CARTAGENA. Read Charles Kingsley's "Westward
Ho" if you would study Cartagena in the days when
Spanish influence was dominant in the New World. Its
frowning parapets and massive gates, however, did not
prevent the city from being sacked by Sir Francis Drake
in 1581.

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ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA, is the ancient capital of the
republic. It contains some beautiful churches and houses,
in ruins. It is a place of interest for tourists who find
the trip from Guatemala City agreeable. The scenery
around the ruined city rivals that of Switzerland.

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sures that the best and the best alone is set before
passengers. During a single year the Stewards of the
Great White Fleet serve over a million meals to tour-
ists bound to and from the tropics and that their
efforts are appreciated is shown by the thousands of
letters received praising the cuisine.
There is never a lack of entertainment on board a
Great White Fleet Ship. Luxurious divans and chairs
S in the social room, soft toned carpets and rugs, well
S equipped writing desks, artistic hangings, a Steinway
piano which, by the way, is tuned every voyage, a
tableful of current magazines and a carefully selected
S and up to the minute library of fiction all help to
Ili make the hours pass swiftly and in the tropic eve-
nings there is a deck piano with records running from

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BARRANQUILLA has a population of nearly 40,000.
It is picturesque and chiefly remarkable for the large
fleet of river steamers which maintain a constant com-
munication between this port and the various cities and
settlements along the Magdalena River.

always interesting. The state is
about the same size as Mississippi
and it has a population of 560,000.
Additional transportation facilities
are all that is needed to open this
country to tourists.

was ceded to England by Spain in
1760. This territory has 180 miles
of sea coast and a dozen rivers,
affording easy communication with
the interior. Belize is a thriving
town, a centre for the mahogany
trade. Much fruit in recent years
has been exported.

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luxury of a minimum priced stateroom

grand opera to "jazz" for dancing. Every kind of
deck game is available, deck golf, shuffle board, bull
ring, quoits can be enjoyed; and if you desire to give
a special party, or birthday dinner, there is the palm-
court where special entertainment will be provided,
at no additional cost. And if you want to dance-
a calm night, the tropic moon, waxed decks and
festoons of flags and entwined electric light will aid
you in appreciating what dancing really means.
Every day on every Great White Fleet Ship there
is posted a comprehensive story of the day's doings.
Radio Telegraphy has nowhere achieved greater de-
velopment than on these ships. At all times, day
and night, every ship is in touch with the shore sta-
tions and the tourist can read news items of the


The personnel embodies the highest type of navigating officers
world, the baseball and football scores, and a daily
guide and prices of the stock market. You may be
near Cape Maysi, off the Eastern end of Cuba, but
the radio telegraph will bring you news of the fluc-
tuations of the daily market and this same service
will accept your messages of business or good will to
your friends and associates and return you their
answers to your stateroom.
One of the many reasons why cruise passengers
enjoy Great White Fleet Ship cruises is due to the per-
sonal service they enjoy when ashore at any of the
numerous ports of call. Here always is a permanent
organization equipped with a special tour conductor
charged with the duty of seeing that our guests enjoy
themselves to the utmost. Trips are arranged in

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Sending a radio message to the office

advance. Automobiles are in readiness. Advice is
courteously given. You are made to feel at home.
And your wishes are always consulted. During the
months of January, February and March special
cruise conductors and orchestras are assigned at New
York and New Orleans to accompany our guests on
the entire voyage. The Great White Fleet prides
itself on the calibre of the men entrusted with the
important duty of Cruise Conductor. These men
are gentlemen of the highest type. They do not wear
uniforms, badges or caps. They are a part of the
personnel of the Passenger Department of the Great
White Fleet and their knowledge and courtesy con-
tribute to the pleasure of all passengers. The same
careful thought has been bestowed in the arrange-

"Shooting the Sun" on a
Great White Fleet Ship .


ment of the shore trips. High class five- and seven-
passenger cars are used; sightseeing buses or inferior
conveyances are never pressed into service.
In Kingston, Jamaica, is the beautiful and thor-
oughly modern Myrtle Bank Hotel owned and oper-
ated by the United Fruit Company. The Myrtle
Bank specializes on serving tropical dishes and drinks;
there is a delightful bathing pool on the sea wall and
the hotel sits in a tropic garden, the show place of
the island. Across the island of Jamaica on the North
Shore is the famed Titchfield Hotel also owned and
operated by the United Fruit Company. The view
down Port Antonio harbor is one of the finest sights
in the Western Hemisphere. At Panama tourists are
lodged in the United States Government owned
hotels, the 'Washington at Colon and the Tivoli at
Ancon. At other places visited arrangements are in-
variably made in advance at high class hotels for the
comfort of visitors who arrive on a Great White Fleet
Ship. It is well to remember that the attention cruise
passengers receive aboard ship and the special trips
organized for their pleasure ashore are all included
in the price paid for their tickets. A trip to the
tropics under Great White Fleet auspices is something
to be looked forward to with pleasure and is sure to
awaken happy memories in the future. It is the ideal
form of vacation in any season, Spring, Summer,
Autumn or Winter.

Shoulder Straps of the Great White Fleet Officers


Gold Purple, Gold Bars

Gold, White, Gold


Gold, Blue, Gold

q T takes nearly 3,000 officers and men to man the many ships of the
Great White Fleet and every one is proud to wear the uniform.
The United States Navy does not select its personnel with more care
than does the Fleet. Every man is a picked man. The longer he
serves in the Fleet the higher his pay, and the greater his chance of
promotion. It makes no difference whether he is captain commanding
a ship, or a water tender in the engine room a system has been worked
out which rewards long and faithful service and rating marks are
issued which at a glance tells just how long officer or man has served
in the Great White Fleet.

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