In the weeks preceding Normandie’s maiden departure, CGT assembled the most experienced crew members from their other vessels. They wanted the best possible experience for the passengers. In order to ensure this, waiters, stewards, bell boys, liftiers and others were given regular training. A daily calisthenics regime was instituted to ensure they were all as fit as possible.
This photograph shows some of the waiters being trained to give the finest possible service in the First Class Dining room. Here they were given final instructions in silver service, menus, selection of glassware and all the other finer points needed for a truly First Class experience.