The ocean liners generally spent 24 to 72 hours in port between voyages. During that time, arriving passengers were cleared by customs and disembarked. The public rooms and cabins were cleaned and made ready for the next long voyage to Europe or America, and provisions were loaded and stored.
On sailing day, passengers were generally allowed to board about three hours before sailing time. There were then bon voyage parties, gift deliveries and interviews with celebrities. As sailing hour neared, the whistles blew and visitors were notified to go ashore. For the average passenger, getting there was half the fun.
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