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In 1994 NCL sold her to the then start-up cruise operation of the UK tour operator Airtours who renamed her SEAWING. The ship was later sold to Louis Cruise Lines and chartered back to Airtours, who later changed their name to MyTravel. MyTravel exited the cruise business in 2004 and SEAWING was returned to Louis who renamed her PERLA and will be using her for cruises in the Greek Isles. See [url=http://www.louiscruises.com/perla.html]here[/url] for more information.

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I sailed on the Southward in 1988 for my honeymoon, a 10 day trip from Miami to San Juan....loved the ship, had a great time. Great crew!

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thanks alot for the information, I took it for my first ever cruise, i had such a good time... I was just curious for nastolgia reasons

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Our 1st cruise too.... July 1984

Actually, my wife and I at the time thought the whole cruise experience was very confining and actually kinda corny, and so we almost gave up on cruising all together based on that "Southward" cruise.

Thank goodness with gave cruising another try 1987 with the kids on the "Big Red Boat" "Oceanic" and have been hooked on cruising ever since...:)

Srpilo

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Wow! Our first cruise was also on the Southward in 1992, 5-day Baja. Got us hooked on cruising!

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[quote name='Shine']I sailed on the Southward in 1988 for my honeymoon, a 10 day trip from Miami to San Juan....loved the ship, had a great time. Great crew![/QUOTE]

Dh and I cruised on the Southward for our honeymoon too back in 1984.

Lisa :)

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Its's funny how recycleable ships are, they get sold off to other companies and they just used again and again and again... Just like the Jubilee

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[quote name='TootyJane']Dh and I cruised on the Southward for our honeymoon too back in 1984.

Lisa :)[/quote]

We sailed on the Southward for our honeymoon in 1986. I've been reminiscing as our 20th anniversary arrives.:cool:

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Here is what she looks like now.

We ran into two of her sisters the Coral (Ex Sunward II) in Athens and the Orient Princess (ex Starward) in Mykonos last year.

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Add me to the list of those initiated into cruising aboard the NCL Southward.
My cruise was in November 1974. It was a two week cruise to the southern Caribbean. If memory serves me correctly we stopped in Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, St Maartin, St Thomas, San Juan, and Nassau. I was single at the time, met some great folks, and caught cruisin' fever.

Alan

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[quote name='chasetf']Here is what she looks like now.

We ran into two of her sisters the Coral (Ex Sunward II) in Athens and the Orient Princess (ex Starward) in Mykonos last year.[/quote]

Thanks for those pictures chasetf. Man, looking at her brings back memories. I remember when I thought she was a BIG ship :eek:

-Mike

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Our first cruise was also on the Southward in 1989 - a 3-nite cruise to Baja. We haven't stopped cruising and don't ever intend to stop!!

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I looked in my NCL Caribbean Cruises brochure to find these decks on the Southward from to bottom: Tropicana, Mayflower, Boat, Atlantic, Biscayne and Caribbean. Sailed on Southward in January of 1985 from Miami to Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, San Juan, Nassau and back to Miami. It was a neat ship. My brochure says 767 passengers max, 300 crew, cruise speed 16 knots, gross tonnage 16,609, overall length 536 feet. It was an enjoyable trip. Lori

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The Southward was our first cruise experience on our honeymoon 5/6/84. We were hooked. I still remember the free yellowbirds at the Honeymooners party that got us so trashed.

She was an intimate ship. The casino was dinky, I think 2 bj tables. The disco was on top and damn it was hard to dance with out bouncing off your neighbors. And we learned to never try to leave the dining room without at least trying dessert!

I still remember sailing back our last night and passing the Norway sailing out. We were amazed by her size and made a promise then that we would sail her some day. We finally made good on that promise, 7 times!

Just recently saw the old Southward on TV shuttling people to safety out of Lebanon during the most recent war.

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[quote name='Zimomiller']Just recently saw the old Southward on TV shuttling people to safety out of Lebanon during the most recent war.[/quote]
As far as I know, PERLA ex SOUTHWARD was not involved.

However, her older near sister, ORIENT QUEEN ex STARWARD was definitely involved in the evacuation and the focal point of several days' worth of news coverage.

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I sailed the Southward in 1980 and remember the hammocks they had on the in between open deck area.I loved that section of the ship and spent many hours in the hammock having afternoon cocktails.
Does anyone remember the hammocks?
Ginnie

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[quote name='Host Doug']As far as I know, PERLA ex SOUTHWARD was not involved.

However, her older near sister, ORIENT QUEEN ex STARWARD was definitely involved in the evacuation and the focal point of several days' worth of news coverage.[/quote]
It was the Starward, and she has been and was sailing out of Beruit.

We sailed her in 1991 in the Caribbean, and ran into her in Mykonos on our Grand Princess Med / Greek Island cruise. Her is what she looked like last year.

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I suppose Southward was a popular venue for first time cruisers because it was a cheap, short cruise . .It was our first (of over twenty . . ) cruises probably in 1988 . .
We enjoyed it, but were very disappointed with the excursion in çensenada and got our money back!

Now we live in the Canary islands, and we travelled on Seawing around the islands. We didn't even realise it was the same ship until months later when we saw an article about the ship! Great tea time on the Seawing . . . May try her now as the perla!

Best wishes
Valerie

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[quote name='southbayer']This was the first cruise ship i took, out of san pedro down to baja back in 1989[/quote]

Just to refresh your memory I dug up the old thread

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Dec. 1993 was my first cruise. The Southward got me hooked. My second cruise was on NCL Crown for 12 nights in the British Isles.

I don't remember the hammocks.

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:):)The Southward, ah our first cruise. It was a 4 day out of Long Beach in about 1987. It was great, they even handed out party poppers to everyone as were departed the port. Back then we did most of our travels with a motorhome as a family. At first my wife was in fear of becoming sea sick so she wore THOSE patchs, you know the ones that make you look like a alien..She was not sure if she would enjoy the water. Funny thing she told me on the road back home when I asked her how she liked the cruise? All she said was SELL THE MOTORHOME, so now we'll be taking our :)31st:) cruise in about 3 weeks--need I say more....

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We sailed on the Southward on our honeymoon. It was our first cruise in November, 1983. We loved it so much we booked it again in January, 1985. The cruise director was awesome, Sandy Mc Nichol from Scotland. I was told many years later by a captain that he owns and operates a pub in Scotland.

We didn't cruise for 12 years after the '85 cruise (we had 2 kids) but are leaving next week on our 15th.

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I believe my wife and I experienced the Southward before any of you!:)

We honeymooned in June, 1973 on the Southward. It was a 5 day cruise out of Charleston to Nassau. It was our first cruise. We were just married, with newly minted college degrees. I had nothing to compare to, as it was our first cruise. We had a good time.

Turned out one of the couples at our table had just left the aerospace company in Florida I was reporting to after the cruise - said it was a lousy place to work!!:( His wife about smacked him! Don't poison his opinion, she said.

Turned out he was right - I left after 2 years and joined the company I retired from after 34 years in 2008.

We normally take escorted tours around the world (we have 46 countries under our belts) but cruise occasionally. Did another Caribbean in 1989, Aegean in 2004, and Mediterranean in 1997 (Carnival Freedom, 2nd cruise after its inauguration). We are doing 15 day Panama Canal (California to Miami) on one of the Celebrity boats next month. Look forward to it.

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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000080]ms Southward (1971-present) Built in 1971 by Cantiere Navali dell Tirreno e Riuniti, S.p.A, Riva Trigoso (Genoa), Italyas ms Southward for Norwegian Caribbean Line (NCL). NCL, at that time, was jointly owned by Norwegian Knut Kloster and Israeli Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Line. That arrangement was dissolved in late 1971 however and Klosters Rederi A/S took over the NCL operation. Southward was designed for the North American cruise market and delivered to her owners in November 1971.

[IMG]http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/southward_1971_2.jpg[/IMG]

[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000080]Following a transatlantic crossing, she was christened on 30 November 1971 in Miami, Fl. This was the first time a new cruise ship was not christened at the shipyard were she was built, but instead in the port of her area of operations. The trademark of Norwegian Caribbean Line at the time were twin swept-back funnels and an orange sunburst painted on the sides of their ships.

Southward was NCL's fourth cruise ship, the others being Sunward (1966), Starward (1968), and Skyward (1969). Initially, she was operated on Caribbean cruises out of Miami. In 1987 however, she was dispatched to the west coast of the United States to begin operating out of Los Angeles (San Pedro) on three and four-night cruises to Catalina Island, San Diego and Ensenada, BC, Mexico. As a result of this move Norwegian Caribbean Line changed its name to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) in late 1987.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[IMG]http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/seawing_1971_4.jpg[/IMG]

[COLOR=navy][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3]In 1995, Southward was sold to Sun Cruises, the cruise division of UK-based all-inclusive travel company Airtours plc, who renamed her Seawing. Sun Cruises was founded a year earlier, in April 1994, to provide British holidaymakers with air and sea vacation packages at affordable rates. Seawing began operating for Sun Cruises in March 1995 [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3]cruising the Mediterranean in spring and summer and the Far East in the winter season. [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3]In February 2002, the new name of 'My Travel plc' was adopted by all the former Airtours brands, resulting in a change of house colors on its four cruise ships, Seawing (1995), Carousel (1995), Sundream (1996) and Sunbird (1999). [/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3]
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[COLOR=navy][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3]From May to October 2002, MyTravel's Seawing operated seven-night round trip cruises from Limassol, Cyprus into the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3]From October 2002 to April 2003, she ran fourteen, sixteen and thirty-night cruises to the Far East including port calls at/in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. While in the Far East, Seawing also operated seven-night round trips from Phuket, Thailand. Then in [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3]April 2003 Seawing returned to the Mediterranean and Aegean, picking up where she left off with seven-night cruises from Limassol. [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]

[URL="http://boards.cruisecritic.com/"http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/photos/rw/741019/Ship+Photo+Perla.JPG""][IMG]http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/741019_800/Ship+Photo+Perla.JPG[/IMG][/URL]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=navy]When Airtours decided to pull out of the cruise vacation and ship ownership business in 2004, Seawing was purchased by the then Greek arm of Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Line and renamed Perla. After a winter in the Far East, Louis operated her on[/COLOR][COLOR=navy] cruises out of Piraeus to the Greek Islands and Turkey in 2005.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[IMG]http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/perla_1971_6.jpg[/IMG]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=navy]In May 2008, she was chartered to Greece-based [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=3][FONT=Comic Sans MS][COLOR=navy]Golden Sun Cruises and renamed The Aegean Pearl, operating three and four-day Greek island cruises [COLOR=navy]from Piraeus. Her first cruise for Golden Sun took place on 19 May 2008. [/COLOR][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

[URL="http://boards.cruisecritic.com/"http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/photos/rw/794997/Ship+Photo+THE+AEGEAN+PEARL.jpg""][IMG]http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/794997_800/Ship+Photo+THE+AEGEAN+PEARL.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

[SIZE=3][FONT=Comic Sans MS][COLOR=navy][COLOR=navy]That charter ended in 2009 and the ship was returned to Louis Cruise Line; however, her name has remained The Aegean Pearl up to now.[/COLOR][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][COLOR=navy]

[/COLOR][COLOR=navy][URL="http://boards.cruisecritic.com/"http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/photos/rw/1034141/Ship+Photo+The+Aegean+Pearl.JPG""][IMG]http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/1034141_800/Ship+Photo+The+Aegean+Pearl.JPG[/IMG][/URL][/COLOR]

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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000080]Some add'l pics of the former Southward:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[IMG]http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/9273_800/Ship+Photo+Southward.jpg[/IMG]


[IMG]http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/490260_800/Ship+Photo+SOUTHWARD.jpg[/IMG]



[IMG]http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/177220_800/Ship+Photo+SOUTHWARD.jpg[/IMG]



[IMG]http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/177665_800/Ship+Photo+SOUTHWARD.jpg[/IMG]



[IMG]http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/97661_800/Ship+Photo+Perla.jpg[/IMG]



[URL="http://boards.cruisecritic.com/"http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/photos/rw/807913/Ship+Photo+The+Aegean+Pearl.JPG""][IMG]http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/807913_800/Ship+Photo+The+Aegean+Pearl.JPG[/IMG][/URL]

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Thanks for the picture, I should look back in my files to see what I have.

My wife and I sailed on her in October 1985 it was her first cruise. We had a great time on this cruise, we had a large table in the dinning room with a newly wed couple, I think a 50th anniversary, 25th anniversary it seemed like there was always some activity at our table. The husband of the newly wed couple was a military guy and he could eat, we always new he would have one of everything on the menue.

I would like to go back on her for a cruise just to see what it is like today.

Happy sailing

Brian J

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My first cruise was on NCL's Southward in August of 1984. I was with another single buddy of mine and our travel agent booked us through an organization called Single World. It was one of the most memorable weeks of my life! I am still close friends with a girl I met on that cruise. Since that week I have cruised ten more times and can't wait to plan another one.

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Thank you Copper10-8 for all the info and pictures. My wife and I sailed on the Southward for our honeymoon cruise in August 1986 out of Miami. We sailed on her again in 1992 out of Los Angeles. Have very fond memories from the Southward.

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[quote name='515502']I believe my wife and I experienced the Southward before any of you!:)

We honeymooned in June, 1973 on the Southward. It was a 5 day cruise out of Charleston to Nassau. It was our first cruise. We were just married, with newly minted college degrees. I had nothing to compare to, as it was our first cruise. We had a good time.

.[/quote]

I might have you beat, I too was on the Southward in 1973. I have to dig a bit to find out what month. I'm the little guy.

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[quote name='RSGS315']I sailed the Southward in 1980 and remember the hammocks they had on the in between open deck area.I loved that section of the ship and spent many hours in the hammock having afternoon cocktails.
Does anyone remember the hammocks?
Ginnie[/quote]

OMG talk about bringing back a memory! My sister and I loved those things! We were on the Southward three times - 1973, 1974 and 1979. I totally remember the hammocks! There I am with my family at dinner -1979. I'm the King! LOL

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[quote name='jbwaterski']We sailed on the Southward on our honeymoon. It was our first cruise in November, 1983. We loved it so much we booked it again in January, 1985. The cruise director was awesome, Sandy Mc Nichol from Scotland. I was told many years later by a captain that he owns and operates a pub in Scotland.

We didn't cruise for 12 years after the '85 cruise (we had 2 kids) but are leaving next week on our 15th.[/quote]

We also sailed on the Southward for our honneymoon in April, 1983. We never sailed again till 2001 because of starting our family. We will be sailing our 6th cruise in 2 weeks.:)

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My wife and I cruised the Southward in March 88. A ten day cruise out of Miami.

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We cruised on the Southward on our Honeymoon November 20Th 1985. We were chased around the Carribean by a hurricane. We Loved that ship. It seemeed so big back then. We were on the Mariner of The Seas last week and when you compair pictures its amazing how much cruise ships have changed.

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