The Caronia is not for everyone, but if you like the elegant, formal, old world style of cruising, then this is the ship for you. We booked our own air and transfer from London to Southampton from Cunard. Our overnight flight arrived at 6:30am and we had to sit in a lounge provided by Cunard unitl almost noon. They did provide refreshments. Once in Southampton, the embarkation went smoothly. Our "C" Cat. outside cabin had lots of windows including one in the bathroom. We were with a large group of friends, many of whom had very nice single cabins. This was our second sailing on Caronia and our fourth with Cunard. The Caronia has it all over the QE2. We even did a penthouse suite on the QE2 and feel the the deluxe outside cabins on Caronia are much better. The single seating dining room is beautifully decorated and the food and service is top notch -- very European and old world. The speciality resaurant, Tivoli, is the best and at no extra charge. You are can only book it once per cabin during a cruise but since you can book up to a table of eight each member of our group book a large table for four different nights. The Northern Italian food was the best we have ever had at sea, including the Queens Grill on QE2. The ports of call on our Scandinavian - Russia cruise where very nice. The weather was great. Entertainment on the ship is very low key and our group did not take in most of the shows. We did however meet at about 7pm for cocktails and would enter the dining room about 8:30 when most of the passengers were finishing their desserts, the staff treated us like royalty. The average age tends to be about 60 and above. Those of us in our 40's and 50's always had a great time in the late night disco. There were few childern on this ship, which we all enjoyed. This Caronia is best enjoyed by those who love the classic style of cruising.We have not been on a finer ship - over 30 cruises so far. Please try to sail on her before she too is gone the way of all the other classic ocean liners.Dan TobeyPhila., Pa.
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