Dining aboard ship was always a gala event. Cunard made much of advertising their catering institution, which had been “successfully operating since the opening of Queen Victoria’s reign.” No less spectacluar than the cuisine aboard the ships was the dining room itself. Designed with a large well in the center, its elegance offered a gracefulness that even the most sophisticated traveler could appreciate. Though traditionally a domain for male passengers only, the smoking room of Caronia and Carmania was open to both sexes. Indeed, the company advertised that even ‘feminine intelligence’ could appreciate the English manor house background. The manor house design provided a rich backdrop of carved oak and wing backed chairs, offering a sumptuous haven for smoking and socializing.

Formerly the second class lounge, the gymnasium aboard Caronia and Carmania provided passengers the typical recreational diversions of ocean liner gymnasiums—Indian clubs, stationary bicycles, and the motorized stationary horses. For the little-ones, the nursery provided a play haven with such novelties as a cantering hobby-horse and a sturdy rocking ship to captain—all definitely making it worthwhile to be a child aboard Caronia or Carmania.

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