M/S Caronia vital statisticsCompany: Cunard (until 2004)Home Port: Southampton, EnglandGross Tonnage: 24,492 tonsCruising Speed: 20 knotsPassenger Capacity: 665Passenger Decks: 9Built: 1973Voyages sailed on this ship: Baltic
The Caronia started life in Tyneside in 1973 as the ‘Vistafjord’. She was the last cruise ship to be built at Swan Hunter shipbuiders. :-(Cunard Line sold the Caronia in 2004 in anticipation of the arrival of the new Queen Victoria. However, the ship that was supposed to be the QV was sold to P & O and became the Arcadia, and it was another three years before the Queen Victoria made an appearance!The Caronia was a lovely little ship and Cunard were somewhat hasty to sell her off.
(Left) Here I am on the Caronia enjoying a glass of champagne with BBC newsreader Michael Buerk, on our Baltic cruise in August 2002.(Right) The official photo taken on our cruise.