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South coast UK
52 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
QE11
I still remember the surge of excitement we got when we saw it moored up waiting for us! I also remember the twin beds bolted to the floor on opposite sides. As I'm very tall my feet stuck out from the end of the bed Oh happy days
57 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
The Festivale in March 1989 out of San Juan doing the southern islands. Great experience, and started us on a lifetime of cruising, mostly Carnival. She went to the scrapyard in Alang a few years ago.


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Festivale 1989
Holiday 1990
Carnivale 1991
Sunward II 1991
Fantasy 1991
Ecstacy 1992
Tropicale 1992
Costa Allegra 1993
Regent Rainbow 1993
Fascination 1994
Fantasy 1996 -STS 72 launch 01/11 4:41 AM
Fascination 1998 Total Eclipse
Costa Atlantica 2001
Carnival Fantasy 2002
Carnival Fantasy 2008
Carnival Dream 2012
Carnival Victory 2014
Carnival Breeze 2015
Carnival Magic 2017
Monroe Washington
345 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
The Carnival Jubilee in 1992, Mexican Riviera, it was awesome but for some reason we waited till 2005 to go on the next one. I do remember seeing a early Princess ship docked in Mazatlán, from looking at pictures it may have been the early Princess Carla or the Dawn Princess.
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"God Made Aircraft Mechanics So Pilots Could Have Hero's Too"




1992 Mexican Riviera, Carnival Jubilee
2005 Western Caribbean, Star Princess, Wilma did our cruise for us, turned into Eastern Caribbean

2006 Western Caribbean, Caribbean Princess

2007 Western Caribbean, Caribbean Princess

2008 Mexican Riviera, Sapphire Princess

2010 Western Caribbean, Norweigan Pearl, not impressed

2012 Western Caribbean Carnival Liberty

2013 Western Caribbean, RCI Freedom of the Seas

2014 Eastern, Allure of the Seas, changed to Western due to Gonzalo

2015 Eastern, Regal Princess

2016 Mexican Riviera Grand Princess, cut short dislocated shoulder, almost became a Mexican citizen
21 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
My first cruise was a 2 week Alaska adventure on World Explorer Cruises' S.S. Universe in 1987 with my mom. The ship was a floating university except during summers when it from passengers to Alaska so no casino, no shops, but fantastic staff . Ship was very small, so we got into places in the Inland Passage most ships couldn't get near. We had 4 specialists on board to talk to us about wildlife we were seeing, the culture and history of each port,etc. Each night we were treated to fantastic entertainment, including a slide show of Eskimo life photographed by a bush pilot accompanied by the original songs presented by the teacher he flew from village to village. Towards the end of the cruise, Shirley Jones came aboard to entertain us. After a Q&A session, she spent time on deck talking to many of us. Have photo of her and my mom in my album! After this cruise, it's been hard adjusting to larger ships where you're just one of the crowd, but it definitely sparked an interest in cruising vacations. Now that I'm retired, hopefully I can indulge more often

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Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
1 Posts
Joined Sep 2017
Hi Copper
Our first cruise was on Ocean Village. Must be about 9 or 10 years ago. A wonderful first experience and we were bitten by the cruise-bug. We have just booked our 9th for next September. We only had one year without a cruise. Just done the Thomson Discovery last month.

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Albuquerque, NM
289 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
My first cruise was on the old Royal Viking Sea back in 1981 or so. Funnily enough, we will be in Mahe, Seychelles on Crystal Symphony on December 1 and the Albatross (the Sea's new name) will be there, as well. Will have to take a photo by the bow with the Albatross name behind.