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  1. Hi Marco, Home Lines was certainly a class act. You are so lucky to have been able to sail on all those storied ships. Home lines had the secret of success because they knew how to create the mood and rhythm of a great cruise. In a word...quality.
  2. Which is exactly why I wrote about the Linguini a la Vongole RK!
  3. Luncheon onboard Leonardo DaVinci... We all have a lot of cruise memories. One of the things that comes to mind were the wonderful dining events on the Leonardo DaVinci...in 1976. We were on a ten day cruise out of New York in late May early June. The weather was spectacular from the moment we sailed from New York. Mornings were spent lazing by what was usually the First Class pool. Our loungers were assigned at the start of the cruise. In those days you payed for the lounger for the entire cruise which was a great idea...no chair hogs! A buffet lunch was available every day at Noon but if you wanted to change out of bathing suits you could go to the dining room. We had the late seating at 1:30 PM so we could take advantage of a late morning by the pool. All the meals were great events but luncheons were special. The menus ran through the usual starters like the best Italian treats, hand cut prosciutto, select mortadella, salami, etc. and then Soups, fish, eggs (late breakfasts) then main courses and a cold buffet. They always featured two Italian specialties for main courses at lunch...on top of the usual meal items. The Italian enjoy their pasta at lunch. The wine list was superb...especially if you liked Italian wines. Our waiters were fantastic and they always encouraged us to try new things that they recommended. They also asked us if there was anything special that we would like. Table side preparation was their specialty. All of us at the table (we were traveling with 2 other couples) agreed that we would love to have Linguini a la Vongole for lunch. The following day we went down to lunch and the waiters had the silver cart set up with all the accoutrements needed for preparation. The preparation was like a Hollywood Premier. We had olive oil and garlic flaming with al dente pasta and the main ingredients added slowly. The best part was the running commentary explaining each step. The lesson was so thorough that I have never forgotten how to make Linguini a la Vongole. OBTW...it was the best linguini we ever had!
  4. RK...with 61 cruises I’m surprised you don’t have more! Just goes to show you how lucky you have been. There is nothing like smooth sailing. Don’t you long for those mornings when you get up early and take in the view of a glorious sunrise from your cabin... Then there is a soft knock at the door and the coffee arrives,,,
  5. ANOTHER STORM MEMORY... We sailed from Montego Bay, Jamaica in May 1988. On our first night out we ran into a thunder storm that was extremely violent. We had lightning strikes all around us for several hours. There were times that I thought that we were right in the center of everything. The rain poured down in torrents and yet, the seas remained calm. This was one of the weirdest storms we ever sailed through. Thank Heavens we weren’t struck by lightning.
  6. Yes...the cabins were repaired enough so that they did not have to move. One of the occupants told me they felt like they were shaking for a time. They did not want to give up the cabin because of the big balcony and aft view.
  7. One more memory...of a storm... We were on the RCI Jewel Of The Seas sailing from Boston to the Caribbean. We, my DW, MIL and Aunt were fortunate enough to be in the Royal Suite. That suite had a bathroom that was jaw dropping, floor to ceiling marble with a double vanity. Each sink was a gorgeous glass bowl of cobalt blue that sat on top of the marble counter top. We hit a storm the second night out...with head winds over 120 mph. The JOS was and is a great ship able to knife through the seas. She was pitching wildly at what I would estimate to be at least a 45* angle. At about 2:00 in the morning I tried to open the door to the balcony but could not because of the wind pressure. The wind sounded like a roaring freight train going by. I almost fell over the big coffee table as the ship pitched up and down. I then heard a crash out in the bathroom. Upon inspection I found that the vanity mirror doors had swung open and a bottle had fallen out and shattered one of the magnificent blue bowls. The cleaning crew was on the job the next morning and the bowl was replaced when we made the first port. Kudos to the crew on JOS. The storm had been so violent that three of the aft cabins, overlooking the stern, had broken their steel beams that fastened them to the main beams. Meyer Werft flew three technicians from Germany to the ship to arrange repairs. The next morning the Captain announced that they had recorded a top wind of 135 mph at one point during the night. WOW!! I got to chat with the Captain the following evening in the C Lounge. He gave me a blow by blow description of the previous events. Great stuff for this ocean liner historian.
  8. I knew we were going to get some good stories on this question. Heidi...you obviously have had more hours at sea than the rest of us. Your technical experience is very much appreciated. RK...as usual you bring a wealth of cruise experience to the party. I can’t wait until all of us will be cruising again. I should begin testing in the next two weeks for my kidney transplant. I’m hoping we’ll be good to go sometime in 2021. I am planning on having THE PARTY OF THE CENTURY. BTW...once the plan is finalized...OF COURSE...you are all invited!!
  9. The next question...What’s the worst storm you ever sailed through?? Don’t spare the details...lol. Good one RK! Sounds like you hit some real and unexpected bad weather. We ran into stormy seas several times over the years. 50‘ seas on the Bremen the first night out, 110 mph head winds on the QE II, 135 mph winds on the Jewel Of The Seas and a few others. The day we had 110 mph winds on the QE II the seas were rough but that night it became worse. We hit a huge trench wave when we were on the QE II that was so bad it emptied our closet and dresser...lol. I was up at the casino bar and watched two ladies clinging to each other while they were 4 feet in the air! The casino bartender, Tony, was able to save the liquor bottles by bracing himself against the bar and leaning on the doors to the cabinet...at a 45 degree angle. They estimated that wave to be about 100’ high. The 135 mph winds were so bad on the Jewel OS that the seas tore 3 aft cabins from their girders and had to be rewelded.
  10. The next question...What’s the worst storm you ever sailed through?? Don’t spare the details...lol.
  11. Hi Marco...start digging! You are sitting on some great history.
  12. Hi Marco, Can you make that movie into a dvd?? You have 2 orders right here!!😊
  13. WOW...I know there are some collectors who would love to get a dvd of that home movie!
  14. Sorry...I donated my entire collection to a marine museum in Massachusetts. Maybe we can get Ryndam to post some more pics.😊
  15. LOL...I hope they tossed him out of the dining room!
  16. Those were the days Marco...dressing for dinner. I can imagine that Cabin Class on The Italian Line was a very relaxing way to cross. I always thought that the Cabin Class dining rooms on Michelangelo and Raffaello were better looking and more comfortable than the First Class. Your mother was right!
  17. Onboard the German Bremen in 1971 we had the tables in the MDR decked out in special linens with special floral center pieces. On each table there was a complimentary bottle of German Henkel sparkling wine (like Champagne) and very good I might add. The menu was special with things like prime filet mignon with old port sauce and white asparagus, etc. Onboard Leonardo DaVinci we would have a special banquet menu with Roman delicacies and things like Lobster in Belle Vu and Pheasant Souvaroff, etc. There was always a Roman iced granite’ served between courses...to soothe the palette. They always had a special gala Italian rum soaked cake for dessert that would make you tipsy followed by fantastic miniature Italian pastry and Italian coffee. On Regent Sea we had real bone-in prime rib (incredible...probably the best I ever had) and Mollasol caviar on ice throne, etc. With a Gala Buffet at Midnight that was over the top including a whole roasted, 5 foot long, adult pig! On Amerikanis we would have Greek specialties and a huge menu with more than 100 items. There were assorted Hors D’Oeuvres, soups, a fish course, three types of pasta, 4 or 5 main courses with various potatoes and vegetables served table side from big silver platters. The menus had numbers for each dish...so the waiters could communicate with the chefs. There was special entertainment after dinner with an “adult” floor show. Then there was Greek dancing in the evening with Champagne prizes and a host named Taki who would lead the line around the ship with the musicians following. The NCL Norway had a Gala Night that included a toast of Acquavit, led by the Captain, served to the entire dining room in a glass reindeer horn. The Gala Dinner was interrupted by dancing and singing waiters waving towels to the strains of Hot, Hot, Hot!! These are just some of the memories from formal nights onboard a few of the classic liners.
  18. Hi RK, How can you go wrong with a blue blazer and light slacks? I always found the best look was having my custom gold anchor buttons sewn on to add to that classic fashion.
  19. Hi George, I can remember in the 70’s when you could see people rolling in the lounge late at night and then going on deck for a smoke. The smoking was pretty much out in the open. All this happened before the islands realized they could make big money by making a few people to cough up fines.
  20. I always use the pre-tied bow tie with the collar strap. I miss those big bow ties from the 70’s. The ones they have today are too small. I always have my DW hook the strap on the tie.
  21. Interestingly the only formal dress requirement was in First Class. Transatlantic crossings required formal dress every evening other than the first night and the last night. Long Cruises were different with 3 or 4 formal nights on 14 night cruises.
  22. FORMAL NIGHTS ON THE CLASSIC LINERS. Does anyone remember what it was like on a classic liner on formal nights? When the gentlemen wore tuxedos and the ladies wore gowns? How the MDR put on an extra effort and the entertainment was special on those nights?
  23. Totally agree with Hamrag...RS is nice if you don’t mind paying the price.
  24. LOL...RK, I believe that the OP said they were “active” which is why I didn’t suggest HAL...LOL. 😎
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