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21 days aboard the Norwegian Dream in 2003. After 9/11 and SARS scare, we were able to book it for $1300 each. Pretty good deal! But you get what you pay for, horrible cruise! Awful weather in the North Atlantic and we missed the Shetlands, Iceland, and Greenland.  Six days at sea. Did see plenty of whales and dolphins escorted to ship onto the continental shelf. 

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3 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

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That's one beautiful ship.

They don't build them like that anymore.

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3 minutes ago, geocruiser said:

My DH first cruise.  1936 on MS Vulcania.  What a ride he said.

 

 

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Thank you.  Will save the picture.  It was with the Italia Line.

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3 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

 

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She was sold to Regency Cruises and sailed as the Regent Star, we spent a week on her out of Montego Bay doing a partial Panama Canal trip. Before Regency bought her I think she sailed for a French Cruise line.

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1 minute ago, geocruiser said:

Thank you.  Will save the picture.  It was with the Italia Line.

 

That pic was taken in Genoa. She was built in 1928 by Cantiere Navale Triestino at Monfalcone, Italy for Cosulich Societa Triestina di Navigazione, aka the Cosulich Line based out of Trieste, Italy. In 1932, the Cosulich Line and fellow Italian passenger companies Lloyd Sabaudo and Navigazione Generale Italiana were merged into the state-owned Italia Flotte Riunite / United Fleets Italy or just Italia, though Cosulich was able to maintain its own management from Trieste. When Italia was liquidated in 1937, Cosulich was absorbed into the replacement Italia Societa Anonima di Navigazione, better known as the Italian Line. 

 

In 1965, Vulcania was sold to Sicula Oceanica, S.A, in Palermo, Sicily and renamed Caribia. In September 1972, she was involved in a collision outside Cannes, France and sustained substantial damage and was subsequently sold for scrap. She was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan staring in March 1974

 

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8 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

That pic was taken in Genoa. She was built in 1928 by Cantiere Navale Triestino at Monfalcone, Italy for Cosulich Societa Triestina di Navigazione, aka the Cosulich Line based out of Trieste, Italy. In 1932, the Cosulich Line and fellow Italian passenger companies Lloyd Sabaudo and Navigazione Generale Italiana were merged into the state-owned Italia Flotte Riunite / United Fleets Italy or just Italia, though Cosulich was able to maintain its own management from Trieste. When Italia was liquidated in 1937, Cosulich was absorbed into the replacement Italia Societa Anonima di Navigazione, better known as the Italian Line. 

 

In 1965, Vulcania was sold to Sicula Oceanica, S.A, in Palermo, Sicily and renamed Caribia. In September 1972, she was involved in a collision outside Cannes, France and sustained substantial damage and was subsequently sold for scrap. She was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan staring in March 1974

 

I just checked  and it say "Cosulich" Societa Triestina Di Navigazione Then the ship is Vulcania.  Thank you for the info. 

He has never forgotten seeing the Statue of Liberty sailing into the harbor.. 

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34 minutes ago, MISTER 67 said:

She was sold to Regency Cruises and sailed as the Regent Star, we spent a week on her out of Montego Bay doing a partial Panama Canal trip. Before Regency bought her I think she sailed for a French Cruise line.

 

Yep, she sailed her last cruise under HAL ownership during the 1981 Alaska season, sailing for Westours until sold in August that year to Artus Investors who renamed her Rhapsody. She was handed over to her new owners on October 29, 1981 who then chartered her to French Nouvelle Compagnie de Paquebots aka Paquet Cruises. Interestingly enough, she was chartered back to HAL/Westours for the 1983 Alaska season. In March 1984, back with Paquet, she ran aground off Grand Cayman and all her pax had to be disembarked. 

 

In May 1986 she was sold to Universal Glow, Inc. doing business as Regency Cruises and renamed Regent Star. She was once again chartered back to HAL/Westours for the 1988 Alaska season. As Regent Star, she suffered an engine room fire in Alaska in 1994 and all her pax were transferred to HAL's Rotterdam V and disembarked in Seward, AK. After being repaired, she arrived in Eleusis Bay near Piraeus, Greece in November 1994, one month after Regency Cruises went belly up, and was laid up there for ten years. 

 

In 1996, she was renamed Sea Harmony and in March 2004 sold for scrap. She arrived at the ship graveyard of Alang, India in April 2004 where she was broken up 

 

 

 

 

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1985, Princess to Alaska.  Hubby says $4000 a person - he says every single meal was superb. 
he doesn’t recall if that included airfare 

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1993 Cunard Vistafjord 14 day Caribbean 7k suite

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$1,000 pp, NCL Star, 8 day Mexican Riveria, balcony cabin, early 2006.

 

We had our two teenage boys, my wife's elderly mother, and my wife's sister, so it had the potential for a disaster, but it wasn't.

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2 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

Yep, she sailed her last cruise under HAL ownership during the 1981 Alaska season, sailing for Westours until sold in August that year to Artus Investors who renamed her Rhapsody. She was handed over to her new owners on October 29, 1981 who then chartered her to French Nouvelle Compagnie de Paquebots aka Paquet Cruises. Interestingly enough, she was chartered back to HAL/Westours for the 1983 Alaska season. In March 1984, back with Paquet, she ran aground off Grand Cayman and all her pax had to be disembarked. 

 

In May 1986 she was sold to Universal Glow, Inc. doing business as Regency Cruises and renamed Regent Star. She was once again chartered back to HAL/Westours for the 1988 Alaska season. As Regent Star, she suffered an engine room fire in Alaska in 1994 and all her pax were transferred to HAL's Rotterdam V and disembarked in Seward, AK. After being repaired, she arrived in Eleusis Bay near Piraeus, Greece in November 1994, one month after Regency Cruises went belly up, and was laid up there for ten years. 

 

In 1996, she was renamed Sea Harmony and in March 2004 sold for scrap. She arrived at the ship graveyard of Alang, India in April 2004 where she was broken up 

 

 

 

 

Interesting about the Regent Star, we cruised on her in 1990.

 

We also cruised on her sister ship, the Regent Rainbow, where on our day at sea, the passengers were offered a special beach day on a deserted Bahamian island.  Those of us who took up the offer were ferried ashore in the open life boats. The boats were grounded and we had to go over the side and wade ashore.

 

The beach was beautiful with a wide white sand beach and sandy bottom.  Sand dollars were plentiful.

 

That beautiful sandy beach is now called Princess cay.

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46 minutes ago, DFWGUYZ said:

1993 Cunard Vistafjord 14 day Caribbean 7k suite

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A classic! Great ship! We were lucky enough to have done a Panama Canal transit (FLL to L.A./San Pedro) back in 1993 on her sister, Sagafjord. What an experience!

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My first cruise was on the SS Empress of France in 1957. It wasn't really a cruise as we emigrated To Canada from Liverpool England. I have no idea of the cost as I was only 10 years old. I was in an cabin with my mother and 6 year old brother. I remember the cabin was at water level and it had a very small port hole. The porthole cover was closed for the majority of the cruise due to extremely high seas as we crossed the Atlantic. It actually took two extra days to reach Quebec City due to the rough seas. The ship was nicknamed the "drunken empress" for good reason it rocked and rolled almost as soon as we left port until we reached the Saint Lawrence River. I remember that there were no lines for anything .... everyone was sick. I was young enough to really enjoy myself and had no fears ...lol.

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56 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

 

A classic! Great ship! We were lucky enough to have done a Panama Canal transit (FLL to L.A./San Pedro) back in 1993 on her sister, Sagafjord. What an experience!

 

Yes, I understand the Sagafjord was as spectacular, so glad you had the experience. For the first-time cruise it was a tad overwhelming to say the least. When we stepped off the gangway into the ship I recall the plush and very soft carpeting. The next thing we knew. we were being swept away by a Steward, in all white, to our stateroom. This was clearly a ocean ready ship. Even with being 20 years old, she was tight, powerful and on point. Other than boating in FL in earlier years; she was what hooked us on the cruising way to travel. 

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My first cruise was aboard the USS Alexander Patch courtesy of the US Air Force in April, 1960.  My dad was being transfered back to the US from England.  I remember it was April because I turned 6 on the ship and they threw me a party.  I also remember it was very rough seas a couple nights and most of the family (7 of us) was sick.

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12 minutes ago, TXCruiser78660 said:

My first cruise was aboard the USS Alexander Patch courtesy of the US Air Force in April, 1960.  My dad was being transfered back to the US from England.  I remember it was April because I turned 6 on the ship and they threw me a party.  I also remember it was very rough seas a couple nights and most of the family (7 of us) was sick.

 

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44 minutes ago, nutensteve said:

My first cruise was on the SS Empress of France in 1957. It wasn't really a cruise as we emigrated To Canada from Liverpool England. I have no idea of the cost as I was only 10 years old. I was in an cabin with my mother and 6 year old brother. I remember the cabin was at water level and it had a very small port hole. The porthole cover was closed for the majority of the cruise due to extremely high seas as we crossed the Atlantic. It actually took two extra days to reach Quebec City due to the rough seas. The ship was nicknamed the "drunken empress" for good reason it rocked and rolled almost as soon as we left port until we reached the Saint Lawrence River. I remember that there were no lines for anything .... everyone was sick. I was young enough to really enjoy myself and had no fears ...lol.

 

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5 hours ago, geocruiser said:

My DH first cruise.  1936 on MS Vulcania.  What a ride he said.

The MS Vulcania was an Italian ocean liner built by Cantiere Navale Triestino, Monfalcone, northern Italy in 1926 for the Italian company, Cosulich Line  She was a 23,970 gross ton, with an overall length of 192,92m and a breadth of 24.23m. She had one funnel, two masts, twin screw and could reach a maximum speed of 19 knots. There was accommodation for 310 First, 460 Second, 310 intermediate and 700 3rd class passengers. In 1930 her accommodation was altered to 1st, 2nd, tourist and 3rd class, and in 1962 to 1st, tourist and 3rd class only. In 1930 she was fitted with 2 new Burmeister & Wain diesel engines which gave her a speed of 19.4/ 21 knots. Later she was rebuilt to a tonnage of 24,469 tons.

 

5 hours ago, geocruiser said:

 

 

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I thought my first "cruise" was on SS United States in 1963.  My sister reminded me today that my first "cruise" was actually in 1952 on the USNS Fred C. Ainsworth from California to Honolulu.  I guess I was just destined to sail ... on military transport ships.  I don't remember much about the Ainsworth though, so I'm not sure it really counts.  ;-)  

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Was this a cruise 28 Days for Ten Pounds (uk)

 

Shaw Savill SS New Australia 1950  Southampton to Sydney

 

 

Yes I was a ten pound POM!

 

 

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14 hours ago, Petunia1950 said:

I thought my first "cruise" was on SS United States in 1963.  My sister reminded me today that my first "cruise" was actually in 1952 on the USNS Fred C. Ainsworth from California to Honolulu.  I guess I was just destined to sail ... on military transport ships.  I don't remember much about the Ainsworth though, so I'm not sure it really counts.  😉

 

 

My first cruise was on the 'then'  Royal Princess in about 1972.   That was about 100+  cruises ago  and thus have no idea hows much we paid.  I can't  remember  how much   I paid for my cruises   this past May

 

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On 10/14/2019 at 8:04 PM, DFWGUYZ said:

 

Yes, I understand the Sagafjord was as spectacular, so glad you had the experience. For the first-time cruise it was a tad overwhelming to say the least. When we stepped off the gangway into the ship I recall the plush and very soft carpeting. The next thing we knew. we were being swept away by a Steward, in all white, to our stateroom. This was clearly a ocean ready ship. Even with being 20 years old, she was tight, powerful and on point. Other than boating in FL in earlier years; she was what hooked us on the cruising way to travel. 

 

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