It was probably wonderful and awful - wonderful if you were enjoying the trip, and awful if you just wanted to be where you were going and were stuck waiting.
Not having ever made such a journey myself, naturally I imagine traveling either in first class or second class, eating good meals in a fancy dining room, visiting the lounge, the library, etc. (Probably 3rd class wasn't so much fun!)
Part of the experience of traveling is making temporary friends with fellow travelers... and this brings me to my ten-day "voyage" on the SS-Okuno (real name Okuno Building, formerly Ginza Apartment[s]).
And like a ship continuing on to another port in the same country after most of the passengers have gotten off at one port - by being there for ten days, I met two different groups of fellow "passengers". During slow periods of the day, we would visit each others "cabins" and talk, etc. Friends for the week, and then likely to never again meet....
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon