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  1. I posted this in response to a question in another forum but it applies here: In the early years of RCCL each passenger received a VERY large stem glass (imagine huge red wine stem) during the maiden voyages with the ship’s name and date; I still have Song of Norway, Nordic Prince, Sun Viking, etc. etc. Passengers also received glass ashtrays or glassware sets as souvenirs with the crown and anchor. I have these as well. Another unique piece was a diamond/platinum Crown and Anchor pendant designed by the original owners for the 10th anniversary celebration of the compan
  2. My first cruise was 1964/65 onboard the Nili out of Miami for a 3-4 day cruise followed by Nordic Prince, Sun Viking, Song of America, Sovereign of the Seas, Windstar, Sea Escape, Century, Regatta, Nautica, Insignia, Marina, World Explorer, and many, many others. A total of 52 cruises. Looking forward to the cancelled ones we’ve rebooked during this pandemic.
  3. I sailed on the Nordic Prince maiden voyage in late July 1971 - it was my fav ship for many years. It was a two week itinerary. Was Tony the CD and his wife the hostess (Shari?). Went again in July 1973. Also in 1985 on one of two honeymoon cruises. The suites in those days had numbers (deck 😎 and also prints of old ships in the suite itself and we found the print of the ship Lightning that hung in our suite in a store in Alexandria, VA and it still hangs in our home.
  4. In the early years of RCCL each passenger received a VERY large stem glass (imagine huge red wine stem) during the maiden voyages with the ship’s name and date; I still have Song of Norway, Nordic Prince, Sun Viking, etc. Passengers also received glass ashtrays or glassware sets as souvenirs with the crown and anchor. I have these as well. Another unique piece was a diamond/platinum crown and anchor pendant designed by the original owners for the 10th anniversary celebration and only about a dozen were made and gifted.
  5. A piece of trivia: the bottle of champagne now known as a Sovereign contains 35 standard bottles of champagne. It was created for the christening or naming ceremony of the Sovereign of the Seas and was manufactured by Taittinger. Only 10 were made. One was kept on display onboard the Sovereign and I’m assuming that RCI kept it for their archives; 2 broke; 1 was used at the ceremony; I’m sure Taittinger kept one.
  6. My sister and I did skeet shooting and golf every year on RCCL - Nordic Prince and Sun Viking - as far back as 1971.
  7. When each of the first three RCCL ships were sold the Viking Crown lounge was removed because it was such a symbol of the cruise line that they didn’t want it associated with any other company. When SOA was sold it couldn’t be removed because the ship would not be structurally viable. The crown on SOA was much larger.
  8. The reason that the lounge was not removed from the SOA when it was sold was that it structurally could not be removed without damaging the viability of the ship.
  9. Rosalynn Carter was the godmother of Sovereign and they sailed on the maiden voyage.
  10. Beverly Sills, the opera star, was the godmother of the Song of America. It cruised as part of RCCL only until 1999 when it became Sunbird. I believe it is still cruising in Europe as part of Louis Cruises under another name.The Viking Crown lounge, now referred to as sky lounge in many articles, was not removed when it was sold as had been done with its sister ships. The lounge of the SOA was the first one to be completely circular and was higher than in the past. Enjoy!
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