A promotional film showing the joys of travelling by sea on the S.S. Orcades of Orient line
A rolling caption at the front says that the film was made for Orient Line before the merger with P.& O. who are just as good.
Sun bathing passengers lounge on deck as others play deck quoits. WS of SS Orcades under way, CU Funnel and ships name. Passengers on the promenade deck. Drinks served to mass of sunbathers on aft deck. Shots of passengers in swimsuits being served. General views of the ship. Captain on the bridge, wheel turning, the engine room with lots of dials. Bow cutting through the water. Navigation Officers plotting a course. Two navigators on the bridge deck take a sighting with a sextants. Radio officer tuning his radio and operating Morse code. A passenger makes a telephone call. In the kitchen chefs carve up turkeys and steaks are grilled, more food being cooked and prepared. Inside the Pursers office showing typing and accounting. Lady telephonist with old style plug in connections.
Interior booking office as customer is shown the sort of cabin be can book from plans and photographs. Ext. Orient Line offices, intr. travel agents office as beaming lady travel agent discusses booking with couple. WS Waterloo station as passengers get the boat train. Train departs station. Orcades at Southampton docks. Deck preparations, luggage craned onboard. Passengers going on board with stewards carrying suitcases. The couple from the booking agent are shown to their cabin by a steward. Variety of shots showing the ship departing Southampton. White cliffs of Dover from ships rail. Steward puts blankets over two ladies in deck chairs. Another ship passes, passengers crowd the decks. Outside the ship's letter bureau a customer buy's stamps. Dinner is served, and children receive their meals. A book is selected in the library, passengers self consciously leaf through books.
On deck some sun kisses beauties sunbathe and children are entertained in their section. The Purser looks at a map of Venice with a lady passenger. Man leaves lift and walks across to Pursers Office. On deck an officer takes a bearing, a steward checks the ventilation.
The Captain greets guests to a cocktail party, party chat and drinking. Passengers talk to staff on deck. Deck games. Cooks preparing anniversary cakes. Intr. ships printers. Various party's take place. Shopping on board. Games in the ships pool.