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Ten years ago today, I watched the Oasis of the Seas arrive in Port Everglades, what an awesome site!

Then we sailed on her inaugural cruise. I remember the feeling when we boarded on the Royal Promenade!

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Edited by oneputt18

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My parents gave us our first ever RCCL cruise on Legend of the Seas to Alaska in June, 1996 for our 25th anniversary. We had a starboard cabin  on deck 6 OV (pre-balcony days).As we were sailing through the Inside Passage and preparing for formal night, a movement along the shore caught our attention.  It turned out that a family of sea otter were romping and playing near the shore. We both stopped what we were doing to watch their antics.  We watched and laughed until they were pretty much too far away to see.  As we turned away from the window to continue dressing, our eyes fell to the bed tables. There in plain sight, unused but on the ready, were both our still camera and movie camera!😂


Kay (& Steve)

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On 3/1/2019 at 12:17 PM, Bootman4U said:

My unfavorite memory: the Oasis and being told to expect dinner in the MDR to take at least 1.5 hours at a minimum

      A meal taking at least 1.5 hours is called "Dining", a very special event and not readily available or possible in this day and age..  "Eating" is what you do every day and is usually accomplished while driving, watching a sporting event or television, yelling at the kids, etc.  

     My most unfavorable observation is that RCI has chosen to encourage and accommodate those who choose to "eat" in the MDR verses the dining experience they once provided decades ago when we began cruising.  

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First cruise overall and first cruise on RC, 4 day Baja out of San Pedro on the Viking Serenade, October of '90 or there about.  Catalina Island, San Diego, and Ensenada calls, the cost was more expensive in real dollars, seems like $360.00 per person inside cabin.  Service and food were terrific.  Disco in the Viking Crown Lounge was terrific.

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Shipshape Dollars!!!! Having to take an outside stairway to go up into the Viking Crown Lounge!!! Midnight buffets. people stuffing themselves with potato salad at midnight!!! David the English Waiter!!! List of all the Passengers!! Skeet shooting off the stern deck!!! Shuffleboard!!! Horse racing by the pool!!! Fixed to the floor beds in cabin!!! Cabin not big, touching knees sitting opposite on beds!!!Ship yawing bow to stern in tail wind, minimal stabilizers!!! Real teak all around the ship!!! 


Nordic Prince to Bermuda 1990!!! Docking at St George and Hamilton!!!

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 My favourite memory - so far, have to be our Transatlantic cruise with Independence of the Seas in April 2017. Even though it wasn't my or my wife's first cruise, it was the first cruise we were on as a family, together with our daughter. She loved it, and we made a lot of amazing memories!

Now I'm looking forward to the first cruise we can go on - as a family of 4, with our newborn daughter 🙂

Picture of Independence in Labadee, April 2017


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Our first cruise was in 1989....hard to believe that was over 30 years ago.  I remember a lot of the same things that have been mentioned.  Passenger lists, skeet shooting and golf off the back of the ship.  We watched a video over Christmas of that cruise. We also had flaming baked Alaska delivered to the table on the waiters heads.  Our cabin was the size of the Empress inside cabins.  We didn’t even have a chair.  We were on deck 2 all the way forward and heard the anchor dropping at our heads. While I still love the formal nights and am sad at the informality of the MDR other things have vastly improved over the years. We now have more options of things to do, more places to eat and larger cabins.  Cruising is still a great way to see the world in comfortable surroundings.  


There are are so many things we’ve seen and done while cruising. One of my favorites is still sitting and watching the wake of the ship.  

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