Mediterranean Cruise, 1950s – Film 14952

Cruise Ships

A travelogue advertising taking a holiday by going on a cruise around the Mediterranean, visiting Italy, Portugal and life aboard ship 1950’s

Thomas Cook Promotional An English family argue over the destination for their summer holiday in a very 1950’s living room. The young girl and boy persuade their parents to embark upon a summer cruise. A coin is tossed to make the choice. Interior of cabin of ship. The mother tidies up. Her husband makes a call. A steward arrives to pick up the dry cleaning. Mother looks out of port hole. Tracking shot of 30000 Arcadia. Passengers on deck. On board game deck. A chef puts food on plate from an extensive buffet of food. The family enjoy a meal. Close up of a fruit basket with grapes. Mother removes makeup in bed before going to sleep. Ship’s navigation equipment is shown is shown to father and son in ship’s bar. Mother has breakfast in bed. Young boy takes photographs of islands in the Mediterranean. Ship’s library. General shots of the ship. Swimming pool. A woman applies sun oil to her partner. In the background a quoit appears. Naples. General views of the city. Pompeii. The family enjoy a meal overlooking a bay nearby. Young boys dive from boats for money. Ship’s shop. Women iron clothes in the ship’s laundry. The ship’s hairdresser. Sunset. Champagne is served at the evening meal. The young adolescent girl is given an extravagant necklace as a birthday present. She admires herself in the mirror. Her younger brother gives her a present. Ballroom dancing with people dressed up in tuxedos and ball gowns. Balloons trapped in a net above the dancers are burst by the dancers. Good shot of the Arcadia as the launch leaves the ship. Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. General views of the city streets. Up the River Tagus to Lisbon, Portugal. Monastery. The young boy takes a photograph of a fisherman. Estoril. Mother and father enjoy a drink. He prepares to take a photograph. Fancy dress ball. Mum and dad relax on deckchairs. Film ends with brief shots of the whole family on deck and uplifting music. The ship sails on. Wide variety of on-board footage makes up the bulk of this film. Designed to show how inexpensive a cruise trip could be. This promotional film shows that even poor (middle-class) families can enjoy it and afford it.
Mediterranean Cruise, 1950s - Film 14952
Mediterranean Cruise, 1950s – Film 14952