All First Class staterooms have been entirely redecorated. Reconditioning has made her one of the smartest of Atlantic liners and many new features have been introduced for the greater comfort of her passengers. Cunard launched a second trio of intermediate liners in the 1920’s; these were the Aurania, Alaunia and Ascania. There were a number of private suites tastefully furnished and decorated, each consisting of a bedroom, sitting room and bath room. The RMS Ascania was the second Cunard vessel to bear the name. In December 1934 Ascania rescued the crew of the sinking cargo ship SS Unsworth in mid-Atlantic. She was taking in water and with her engine room flooded, she was sinking.
The Ascania (1) was built in 1911 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson in Newcastle, originally as the Gerona for the Thompson Line, but was taken over before completion by the Cunard Line as the Ascania.Her tonnage was 9,111 tons gross and 5,699 tons net.
The RMS Ascania alongside the north side of Pier 90, New York, The RMS Ascania sometime in the late 1920’s, The Ascania’s deck photographed by an unknown passenger in winter. Charmingly decorated with popular friezes and provided with a variety of toys and playthings, it even boasted its own chocolate shop. The RMS Ascania docked at her North River pier, New York harbour, New York City, December 1954. Also including articles about Pioneers & Norwegian Settlements Around the World. She returned to service on the Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal service on 21st April 1950, carrying a full complement of 198 first-class passengers and 498 in tourist class, plus a crew of 367. (Copyright Randy Smye). Natural sycamore panelling and chair covering of floral design are delightful features of this spacious room. The RMS Ascania in the St Lawrence River in 1938. At the end of the Promenade Deck, was the Gymnasium, which enabled passengers to take a brisk ride on the mechanical horse, scull, try the new ingenious running track (or running machine as we would call it now), or just exercise in the fresh sea air. An established favourite with Atlantic travellers, the “Ascania” now provides really comfortable accommodation for First and |tourist Class passengers.
The RMS Ascania alongside Princes Landing Stage, Liverpool dressed with flags. The Tourist Restaurant, panelled in polished natural oak and with chairs upholstered in brightly designed coverings, is another particularly pleasant room in which to enjoy renowned Cunard cuisine. One of the most fascinating rooms was the Nursery. Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. The ceiling was hand plastered and the floor, which was laid in red and black ruboleum, had been specially treated for dancing.
Immediately joining the Dining Saloon were the kitchens, which were installed with every up to date culinary device, from which to serve the world renowned Cunard cuisine. The ship also boasted a system of directional ventilation throughout, which was able to supply fresh air to every part of the accommodation, the flow of which could be regulated by the passenger. Ascania's bell and a large model showing her interior are display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.