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On my very first cruise, passengers were provided with confetti and streamers for sail-away. Do any cruise lines still follow this old tradition?If you want streamers try DCL.
It sure was fun!! I recall the band on deck played Anchors Away then California Here I Come as the ship pulled away from the LA dock. Nearly everyone had confetti or streamers to toss. The dock was literally covered with the stuff.There have not been any streamers or confetti thrown from ships in San Pedro (LA Harbor) for at least 10 years. Pollution laws.
On my very first cruise, passengers were provided with confetti and streamers for sail-away. Do any cruise lines still follow this old tradition?While we couldn't have confetti at our sail away party we did the next best thing by including it on our CC Sail Away Party Invitation on the Oosterdam last October. What fun we had. Thankgoodness champagne isn't on the "No, no list".
Many years ago, as a kid in the late 60s? (I was very young) we went to NYC to see my Nana off on a trans-Atlantic sailing. This was SO far back in the day that sailing passengers could have guests aboard prior to departure. My mom, brother & I went about the ship w/Nana - I remember the adults having cocktails. It was all very exciting & glamorous to a 5 or 6 year old.You just brought back the exact memory to me! Mine was in the late 40's or early 50's. My aunt and uncle were going to Panama and my Mom took me to see them off. We went on the ship for a big party and then the man with the chimes walked up and down the hallway with his chimes, calling out, "all ashore who's going ashore"! I panicked because I thought they would leave with me on the ship. My aunt laughed at me and told me I was silly to be afraid and the best thing would be to be left on! But, she said, if I was accidently left onboard, they could take me off on something she called a pilot boat! All very mysterious and frightening to a 6 year old. (we did get off in time). But the party was great, with lots of cocktails and laughter.
At the designated time, announcements told guests to disembark. We then waited for the ship to leave, watching the passengers toss streamers onto the pier. I'm sure quite a lot wound up in the Hudson.
At the designated time, announcements told guests to disembark. We then waited for the ship to leave, watching the passengers toss streamers onto the pier. I'm sure quite a lot wound up in the Hudson.Some of those streamers might still be in the Hudson!
My Mother lost a bracelet throwing streamers. As we pulled away from the pier, everyone was "in the spirit" and the streamers were flying. A few minutes later, Mother noticed that her bracelet was gone. It must have come loose as she was throwing a streamer and ended up in the water. We checked the deck area where we had been standing, but the bracelet was not there. Fortunately, it was not an expensive piece of jewelery.
Which reminds me of another old tradition:That was before my cruising time which started in the mid eighties. I only saw that in the movies.
Passengers could bring guests on board before sail away and have huge parties in their tiny staterooms. With today's tight security, it's difficult enough for the passengers to get on board.
I know what a BYOB is but
What is a BYOG?
Is it an 'across the pond thing'?Having thrown a sailaway party, I'm going to guess BYOG (in this case) means "bring your own glass".
We never use the initials BYOB, always BYOG.