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#61
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Originally posted by mr green
Just one more thing, I Liked Homeric better than the Norway, [Ile de France].

Not Ile de France (1926-1959).
Just SS France (1961-2003 scrapped 2008). IMO She put all the others to shame.
She did take a step down when they refurbished her into the Norway.
But at least they gave her almost 30 more years of life!
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#62
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Originally posted by Wyuna1
....the fares compared to today were very expensive

This is true. My first cruise was in 1989 (Carnival Holiday); my friend and I each paid $700 for an inside cabin on a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise!! (But we ended up gettting an upgrade to an unobstructed oceanview cabin). I just checked on the Carnival website and a cruise with nearly the same itinerary to my 1989 cruise now costs: $449 for an inside cabin, $539 for an oceanview and $739 for a balcony! Today's prices are 36% cheaper than they were 28 yrs ago. For about the same amount as we paid back then, we could get a balcony cabin now.
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#63
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Originally posted by geocruiser
I agree. I had at least 10 cruises on them before they changed over. Chandris had a ship leaving fro NYC, and my friends and I would go often. They were a great line and the food was good too. I tried to get credit from X for thoses cruises and was told "no"
Yeah, me to, but I think mine was 5 or so. I asked about them honoring the Chandris cruises when I booked my first X cruise, I also was told no. I still have the paper boarding pass' and the mimeographed daily papers to prove it.

I saved all the cruise memorabilia from back when, but I have been on so many cruises, they are at the bottom of my pile. Weren't Chandris paper boarding pass' green
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#64
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Originally posted by Go-Bucks!
This is true. My first cruise was in 1989 (Carnival Holiday); my friend and I each paid $700 for an inside cabin on a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise!! (But we ended up gettting an upgrade to an unobstructed oceanview cabin). I just checked on the Carnival website and a cruise with nearly the same itinerary to my 1989 cruise now costs: $449 for an inside cabin, $539 for an oceanview and $739 for a balcony! Today's prices are 36% cheaper than they were 28 yrs ago. For about the same amount as we paid back then, we could get a balcony cabin now.
You can add that the purchasing power of the dollar is now about a third of what it was then. !!!!
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#66
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Originally posted by Pam in CA
Yes. No queen beds. Just two twins. I was solo so the other bed wasn't down.

The original Regal had twelve solo cabins on Fiesta deck (4). There was a bunk bed above the twin that pulled down for a 2nd passenger. The cabin was quite large... almost the size of a full cabin.
I stayed in those cabins several times, wish the newer ships had something similar.
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#67
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My first cruise was in 1971 aboard the brand spanking new Song of Norway, which was RCI's first ship. I was 8 years old. I remember very well the white glove service and that the beds were all twins. We had a metal key and I have no idea how anything was paid for. I do know, however ,that the staff absolutely went nuts over us kids, treating us like little princesses and princes. This is the cruise that solidified my passion for cruising and passenger ships in general. There were no organized kids activities other than swimming and board games, and we were expected to behave. When the ship returned to Miami, I didn't want to get off. I wanted to live on it forever.
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We sailed on the Regal Empress, Regal Cruises, we had a thin plastic boarding pass at that time, but when we boarded, all the cabin stewards were lined up on the promenade deck, and as we boarded, they took your hand luggage and escorted you to your cabin. The Captains cocktail party included the CAPTAIN, and all the officers, live band and all the ladies danced with the Captain and the crew, caviar and all the champagne you could drink, lobsters. The ship smelled like diesel and old socks, but that was class
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#69
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Originally posted by myfuzzy
We sailed on the Regal Empress, Regal Cruises, we had a thin plastic boarding pass at that time, but when we boarded, all the cabin stewards were lined up on the promenade deck, and as we boarded, they took your hand luggage and escorted you to your cabin. The Captains cocktail party included the CAPTAIN, and all the officers, live band and all the ladies danced with the Captain and the crew, caviar and all the champagne you could drink, lobsters. The ship smelled like diesel and old socks, but that was class
Do you remember the FREE Margaritas and Beer at sail away from ports of call? I believe it was from 3 to 5 PM.
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#70
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DH and I went with my Mom on a 3 day cruise from Long Beach to Ensenada on the SS Azure Seas. I recall the year as 1982. We had an inside room with adjacent single beds (well wasn't that interesting).

I remember an actual key and having to show your "room card" for drinks and charged to your credit card.

Casino was cash. Also remember being escorted to our room.

Meals were in the MDR. Assigned table for dinner as there was only 1 dinner time and it was semi-formal. What I thought was strange was the only entertainment besides a small pool was a nightly disco (which a lot of people attended).
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#71
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On Home Lines mid to late 1970's there was only first and second settings. Breakfast was early @ 6AM, Late was @8AM. Lunch was at 12 and 2PM, dinner was at 6 and 8 PM. There also was a mid night buffet. Ice tea was only served at meals. I don't recall any free drinks during the day.
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#73
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Originally posted by geocruiser
Do you remember the FREE Margaritas and Beer at sail away from ports of call? I believe it was from 3 to 5 PM.
I can't say that I do, but I DO remember the homemade donuts for breakfast, The fryer was set up on the back deck and the lines waiting for them to get done
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