Do you remember your first cruise?

Dec 24th, 2010, 09:17 AM
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Our first cruise was in 1979 to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was on the Sitmar Fairsea from LA to the Mexican Riviera. Princess later bought Sitmar (an Italian line) and that's why all their ships have pizzerias. We loved the trip and a couple years later we sailed on Royal Caribbean's Song of America. We been on many since, the last in January 2010 from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires.
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Dec 24th, 2010, 02:56 PM
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My first cruise was 10 years ago. It was the day after my high school graduation. I had stayed up all night for Project Graduation. After getting home, we had to leave for NYC. It was on the Carnival Destiny. Location was Halifax, Nova Scotia. We didn't like the location and what we saw on the city tour. The cruise was interesting. I didn't go cruising until 7 years later on the Carnival Miracle. My parents did some cruising with NCL in between.
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Dec 27th, 2010, 03:38 AM
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How could anyone forget their 1st cruise. I gave it to to my husband for Christmas. He was completely surprised when he opened a box and found his oldest bathing suit. This perplexed him until he took it out of the box and found our cruise tickets there!

The cruise was on the OLD Dolphin in mid 80's, the only ship Dolphin had at the time. Our cabin was in the very bow (front) of the ship and the floor and bed went uphill. The head board and pillows were on the downside so we remade the bed with pillows at upside of cabin. Then room steward remade the bed- we remade it again and he got the idea.

At lunch on the deck my husband asked someone in white, an officer, if there was milk. He was told no, not here but I'll get you some. My husband said no he'd have tea. Well a few minutes later this officer appeared with two glasses of milk on a plate for my husband!

Then at dinner that night, and every night, we had a new bottle of red and a bottle of white wine, complementery for all, ON the table for our table of 6. Every table had this!

We loved that small, 800 passengers, old ship, had dinner three times with three different captains and were lucky to be able to get a cabin for the Milleniulm cruise the day before sailing! We spent New Year's Eve tied up Mallory Square in Key West. A tug took us back by the Navy Pier at 4 and brought us back after sunset.(On our 1st cruise we went there and tied up at what is now Mallory Sq- then we had to walk around shops to get to the street.)

When Dolphin Cruise Line went, under Cape Canaveral Cruises bought the Dolphin IV. We were on her next to last cruise, a 4 day then she had a 2 day before going to dry dock. When she got there it was going to cost 1.2 million MORE than Cape Carnaveral Cruises had so, sadly she went to India, the cruise ship junk yard! Depending on the captain, at dinner, she had been a freighter, built in 1949 or 1952, turned into a cruise ship!

We love small ships and we delighted to find NCL's Majesty. She was built by Dolphin as the Royal Majesty in 1990, 1200 passenges. We were on her three times before she was sold to Louise Cruises in England. Now ships have more passengers than our home town!

But we are now true cruise-a-holics, now retired, so now cruising much more than I'll say!
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Dec 27th, 2010, 09:06 AM
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My first cruise was in 1996, on HAL's Westerdam in the Caribbean (can't remember which itinerary). My (then) husband won it as a performance reward from his company - I think there were about 50 other couples from the company plus the top execs as well on the cruise.

Had never even given a thought about cruising before that trip and the experience really cemented my love of cruises.
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Dec 27th, 2010, 07:44 PM
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First cruise was on the HAL Westerdam to Alaska,I think it was was a pre-anniversay surprise trip from DW. Was very apprehensive, didn't think I'd like a cruise vacation. But that trip hooked us and the count is now about 15 cruises.
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Dec 28th, 2010, 10:57 AM
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It was with my first ex-husband and another couple on a 3 day Carnival cruise to the Bahamas. I learned a LOT from that cruise. First, a 3 day cruise from Florida (when you live on the west coast) is NOT worth it. I spent more time waiting and traveling to and from the pier than I did cruising. Second, I discovered why it was so cheap to go to the Bahamas in August. I thought the humidity would kill me. Third, I hated Carnival (sorry to all of you Carnival fans!)~the ship was so horribly crowded I often felt like I couldn't move. Fourth~don't EVER go on vacation with someone who wants only to stay in the room and watch re-runs on television!!

I have since taken three cruises that were thoroughly enjoyable, and I am leaving on January 2 for a fourth!!
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Dec 28th, 2010, 11:56 AM
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SS Norway in 1990 and, with over 100 cruises taken since then, it's still one of my favorites.
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Dec 29th, 2010, 08:25 AM
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1969 - TransAtlantic in August - Hurricane Camille coming up the East Coast. It was not pleasant (I lost about 15 pounds) and it was about 20 years before I took another one.... Also, will never take another Transatlantic cruise....
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Dec 30th, 2010, 01:17 PM
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A little tyke on the Queen Mary, on the last voyages, September 1967.

Do you think I'll remember it? I guess I just gave away my age now ...
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Jan 1st, 2011, 10:30 AM
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My first cruise was in 1979 on Sitmar's Fairsea from Acapulco to Los Angeles. I've been cruising since. I leave in about two weeks to sail on the Rhapsody OTS (RCI) 14 NT New Zealand cruise.
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Jan 1st, 2011, 12:23 PM
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Interesting BarbAnn. Both of us sailed in 1979 on the Fairsea, different cruises, but I find that quite a coincidence on this thread.
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Jan 1st, 2011, 05:58 PM
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Giovanna and BarbAnn We actually sailed on the Fairsea 10 day Mexican Riviera over the 1979/80 New Years cruise. I guess that was the beginning of the Norovirus even though it wasn't recognized as such. The flu went though the ship like wildfire and even the entertainers were down with it. Otherwise it was a fun cruise.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:21 AM
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Once again another Fairsea cruiser. Wouldn't it be fun to work up a GTG for those who sailed on Fairsea and maybe Fairwind also? Old memories to exchange when photos were 5X7 and cost $8 or $10. There were no art auctions. Soft drinks were free. Mixed drinks were very inexpensive. People enjoyed dressing up for formal nights. Coffee was coffee. Tips were optional. And ships were ships, not all inclusive resorts with a bazillion pasengers.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:00 PM
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Giovanna - you are so right. Cruises were so different then. You could get a cocktail for $1 (or less). The cabin steward used to leave fresh orange juice, fresh fruit (replenished every day) etc etc and we were in the least expensive cabin. Also there were fewer cruise ships and fewer passengers so when you were in port you weren't fighting the hoards once you were off the ship. But we still cruise every chance we get as it is certainly a wonderful way to see the world! Here is an interesting website
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 06:39 PM
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2009 Black Sea on HAL Prinsendam....choosen because 1) all of our other friends had been on a cruise and 2) the specific ports offered - Istanbul was awesome!
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:20 PM
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Giovanna and traveller69 - Those were the good old days of cruising. I loved the Italian waiters. And the cabin steward...I asked for tea and cookies when I got back to my cabin late the first night. Every night thereafter, he brought tea and cookies about 5 minutes after I arrived back to my cabin (don't know how he knew when I arrived back and I only asked for them the first night). And the teak deck loungers...that was real cruising!
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 07:41 AM
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BarbAnn - We always wondered how the steward knew we were up in the morning because coffee always arrived as soon as we got up. He later told us he could see under the door when the light came on. It was wonderful to cruise in those days but I realize that cutting back on all of the service etc keeps cruising affordable and I am grateful for that!!
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 09:55 AM
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Our Italian waiter, Gianni, was wonderful. He often told my husband about something they were going to serve the next day because he knew it was something he liked. Our asst. waiter and steward were Portuguese. I'll never forget thanking our steward, Aurelio, for being so nice to us when I gave him his tip envelope. He replied, "Signora, you're easy to be nice to." I actually got tears in my eyes.

BarbAnn and traveller69, wasn't it nice after ordering iced tea for example at dinner for a day or two it automatically appeared on the table without asking. Or a special salad dressing you requested was always there. Passengers were really pampered. Still good service usually, but excellent service before. But I do agree keeping it affordable is very important.

Thanks for that interesting website on the Fairsea. Now I'm intrigued about her history and plan to do further research.
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 11:46 AM
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I just found this thread on Cruise Critic when researching the Fairsea and thought you might be interested in reading other cruisers' experiences on the Fairsea and Sitmar in general.
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 12:15 PM
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In January 1990, on the original Sea Princess, Auckland to Sydney. Due to missed connection at LAX, the ship left without 5 of us so we were bused to Bay of Islands and had our very own "mini" captain's cocktail party, etc. I loved the ship and all the South Pacific ports. 38 cruises later, I'm still sailing the seven seas...
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