The Cunarder Lancastria
Interior Spaces
The Cunard tradition of rich interior spaces was carried out extensively on Lancastria. She was thoroughly modern, and the use of a single funnel allowed for large passenger spaces. The Dining Saloon was notable in that it was of imposing proportions. Decorated in the style of the Italian Renaissance, the room was distinguished by its grouping of port-holes in pairs under semi-circular arches resting on small columns alternately straight and spirally-fluted, reminiscent of the arcades in many famous Italian palaces. The center of the room was carried to a height of sixteen feet, and the dome was similar to an interior courtyard with projecting balconies with wrought iron fronts. The walls were of ivory white, with rich grey panels, a ceiling of ivory toned plaster, draperies of blue embroidered with old gold, produced a delightful color effect with which the rich upholstery of the furniture harmonized. Small tables were provided to seat small parties of friends.

Dining Saloon
Among the most popular resorts on the ship was the verandah café with its air of an old garden. The walls were treated to represent stone with trellis work decoration. Numerous growing plants were scattered about, giving passengers a comfortable space to sun and watch the sea whilst enjoying light refreshments.

Verandah Café
The lounge was a large apartment of unusual height, the period of decoration being that of the French Renaissance. The room was panelled throughout in warm toned oak with richly carved mouldings and ornaments. A large oval painting occupied the center of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, which was richly decorated. The floor of the room had been specially constructed, and in its design care had been taken to ensure its suitability for dancing. The furniture and the rich carpeting blended with the general style of decoration. The whole effect of the room was one of warmth and luxury.

Main Lounge
Lancastria offered passengers much in the way of diversions whilst onboard. A gymnasium provided an array of activities that were typical of the day. At right is an electric camel that promised to keep passengers statuesque in the right places. Also included was an electric horse that provided an elegant motion for cantering, trotting or galloping. A set of stationary bicycles rounded out the equipment set, and it was promised that regular use of the facilities would create an appetite for the the many good things to be offered on the dining room’s menus.

As an oil burner, Lancastria promised decks that were not showered with the dust or cinders typical of coal burning ships. Advertisements proudly claimed it was easy to keep clean, and that white could even be worn for deck pastimes without fear of being smudged at every turn.
Passengers enjoy a variety of deck activities onboard Lancastria. At left, passengers engaged in an egg and spoon race. Below left, two male passengers jostle with pillows for a dominant position, and below, a potato race in progress.
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