SS Canberra 1961 First & Tourist Class Deck Illustrations & Photographs
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The Early Days!
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This is a very special page containing illustrations and some photographs of the much-loved SS Canberra in her early times. It features a good deal of her fine public facilities as well as some of her accommodations as she was built in 1961.
However, there is one photograph of myself
seen standing in front of the famed spiral staircase forward of the Meridian
Lounge that heads up from Promenade Deck up to Games Decks to Crow’s
Nest. But it should be noted, that this photograph was taken towards the end of
SS Canberra’s long and great career in 1996, whilst I was enjoying my
Just for interest, the Illustrations shown below were created pre completion of SS Canberra and they are relatively rare. The interior photographs I have online I sourced from P&O’s early brochures that were released in the 1961.
I am sure that you will enjoy walking down memory lane as we visit the wonderful Canberra in her very early days when she was still a two-class liner, that is very much pre her One Class Cruise Ship days!
The author is seen at the famed staircase that leads from the Meridian Lounge up to the Crow’s Nest
Photograph owned Reuben Goossens & © ssmaritime.com
Another view of the Spiral Stairwell
The Cinema used by both classes
The Crow’s Nest far forward on Games Deck
Above & below: The Bonito Club has a special “Sprung” Dance Floor that reduces sound for cabins below
The aft wall is made up of sliding windows and it looks out to the layered Bonito Swimming Pool
The First Class Bonito Pool, looking forward towards the Club
Above & below: First Class - Pacific Dining Room
Note the Pacific Canoe on the forward wall
A Deluxe Suite
Above & below: All cabins have a view towards the sea, twin, three and single bedded cabins
The Court layout can be seen below
Amidships is the spacious lounge the William Fawcett Room, being the largest Tourist Class Lounge
Portside just aft is the most popular Cricketers Club and Bar
Whilst directly opposite on the starboard side was the “PopIn” a popular spot for the younger set!
There was a Juke Box and non-alcoholic bar the perfect place for a drink and to dance to the latest Hits!
Please note: Located far aft was the Peacock Room and the Card Rooms
Far aft was the Alice Springs Lounge and one of the two Tourist Class Swimming Pools
The Lido Pool the upper of the Tourist Class Pools
The Movie Theatre was also located on this deck and was shared with First Class
The Island Room was another dance venue and also a popular night spot on board
The spacious place to pay games beside
The Tourist Dining Room was spacious, yet comfortable and served fine cuisine, just not as large a choice as in First Class
A typical inside two-berth cabin
Here we see an outside cabin that can be sold as a twin bedded, a three or a four berth cabin, as required
Items of Memorabilia
Above is one of my first souvenirs obtained aboard the SS Canberra
was given this ashtray during a later voyage, however the
Form the author’s personal collection
A P&O-Orient Line postcard issued in 1961
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