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I cruised on the Southward back in October 1980 for my first anniversary.We did the Western Caribbean.Still have several Souvenier glasses .We went to Mexico, Grand Caymen,Jamaica and Key West.It was my Love Boat.My love for cruising has out lasted the marriage as my New DH of 18 years will be taking our 16 cruise together next month

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Being our first cruise we thought the Southward was a huge ship. Our ignorance was evident when waking up in Saint Thomas Soverign of the Seas was Docked behind us. I thought we were the Tender.

 

We sailed out of Miami on a 7 day caribbean trip. Missed Ocho Rios due to high seas. We stood on the deck and just watched the shoreline. For 8 hours the ship took on fresh water. The line did a nice job of keeping the passengers happy with bonus prizes and free amenities.

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Am I crazy or do I recall them distributing streamers for use upon sailaway? For some reason I seem to remember that.

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Am I crazy or do I recall them distributing streamers for use upon sailaway? For some reason I seem to remember that.

 

You probably remember correctly. While I don't think we got streamers on the Southward we did get them on RCCL's Nordic Prince in 1981 and on the Rotterdam back in 1972 so it was done by cruise lines back in that era.

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Does anyone know if some scans of the Southward's deck plans are located anywhere online? I seem to recall seeing them a couple years ago, but Google's giving me the runaround right now.

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I sailed on her twice. A 7 day Western Caribbean itinerary in 1975 or 76 and a 3 day out of LA in the early 90's. It was pretty amazing pulling out my old pictures the second time around. The casino on the later cruise was where a pool had been earlier!!! It's also amazing to see the differences in those old ships and the new ones. like the DAWN & JEWEL.

 

CruiserDoc: I was on the MS Southward in 1975. What month did you go?

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First experience. Eastern Caribbean. Never forget the rough seas between Nassau and Miami during the last night of the cruise. To quote the line from Gilligan's Island, "The Tiny Ship Was Tossed".

 

Been on eight cruises since, and booked on Independence of the Seas in a couple of weeks but have never ever been in rough seas like that since.

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WOW!!! We sailed on her for our first cruise as newlyweds in June 1983 out of Miami. Our cabin was on the second lowest deck with a small port hole. I remember the above mentioned baked alaska! I also remember watching some staff members dancing to "Matilda" by the pool. How about going to bed and getting up in time to make it to the midnight buffet? I wish I could remember the cost of our cabin.

 

Z and TB

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This was my first cruise in summer of 1986 for our honeymoon.  My husband had been on one with his family before we were  married two years earlier on the Song of Norway.  We had a teeny tiny inside cabin.  The bed was turned sideways as you entered the room and was against the wall.  The width of the room was just slightly longer than the bed by maybe 2-4 inches as I recall. I wonder if it was even 100 square feet!  We had done fishing charters and I loved boats in general, so this cruise ship seemed magnificent to me.  I found the information that was in effect on our cruise from 86.  The prices per the brochure started at 895 and topped out at 2055 per person. Back then they had three prices depending on the departure date.  You could get a nominal savings by booking early of from 50-150 dollars.  This was pre-internet, so most all bookings went through real brick and mortar travel agents.  I believe our fare (inside tiny cabin) was 2530.00 total ( next to the cheapest rate available) for a  seven day cruise from Miami leaving on Sunday to Puerta Plata, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Nassau.  I kept that printed information from the cruise brochure. I have a Honeymoon document from the line and also still have the gold picture of the Southward that maybe everyone got.   I won the women's skeet (trap) shooting off the side of  the boat which I really enjoyed.   I have the trophy picture and everything. The ship had seven public decks and had a gross tonnage of 16,609.  Completely full it would carry up to 767 passengers with 300 crew.  It states that it's maiden voyage was December 21, 1969 per my NCL brochure document.  Looking at a photo of her now, she looks like an overgrown yacht compared to current cruise ships.  Fast forward to today and we are about to take our 40th (or maybe 41st) cruise; I'd have to look at our list.  And this time it will be on the Bliss.  That first cruise on this wonderful ship was what began a love of cruising!!  I went back and looked at those pictures tonight from going on 33 years ago.  Wow....good times!

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The Southward was also my first cruise, 3 days out of Longbeach in the late 80's stopping at Catalina Island and Ensenada.

Ice carving, midnight buffets, no premium restaurants, just the MDR for all meals. It seemed like an older ship at that time but I've  been on 8 cruises since then and have another one scheduled for this May.

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My husband and I sailed on her Dec 1987 on our honeymoon. 8 day western Caribbean out of Miami. Had an absolute ball, thought the ship was huge.

 

I remember there wasn’t any real storage in our room, so we kept our clothes in our suitcases under the bed. That poor steward made the tiny room up as two singles during the day so we had some room to move around. Then pushed the beds together at night. Which also meant he had to push our suitcases around too. 

 

The dining room was fabulous, we were both blown away by the food and service. 

 

I remember each night after dinner and the show, everyone went on deck and strolled around. 

 

Fun times. 

 

 

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On 3/19/2019 at 9:36 PM, Another ship trip said:

This was my first cruise in summer of 1986 for our honeymoon.  My husband had been on one with his family before we were  married two years earlier on the Song of Norway.  We had a teeny tiny inside cabin.  The bed was turned sideways as you entered the room and was against the wall.  The width of the room was just slightly longer than the bed by maybe 2-4 inches as I recall. I wonder if it was even 100 square feet!  We had done fishing charters and I loved boats in general, so this cruise ship seemed magnificent to me.  I found the information that was in effect on our cruise from 86.  The prices per the brochure started at 895 and topped out at 2055 per person. Back then they had three prices depending on the departure date.  You could get a nominal savings by booking early of from 50-150 dollars.  This was pre-internet, so most all bookings went through real brick and mortar travel agents.  I believe our fare (inside tiny cabin) was 2530.00 total ( next to the cheapest rate available) for a  seven day cruise from Miami leaving on Sunday to Puerta Plata, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Nassau.  I kept that printed information from the cruise brochure. I have a Honeymoon document from the line and also still have the gold picture of the Southward that maybe everyone got.   I won the women's skeet (trap) shooting off the side of  the boat which I really enjoyed.   I have the trophy picture and everything. The ship had seven public decks and had a gross tonnage of 16,609.  Completely full it would carry up to 767 passengers with 300 crew.  It states that it's maiden voyage was December 21, 1969 per my NCL brochure document.  Looking at a photo of her now, she looks like an overgrown yacht compared to current cruise ships.  Fast forward to today and we are about to take our 40th (or maybe 41st) cruise; I'd have to look at our list.  And this time it will be on the Bliss.  That first cruise on this wonderful ship was what began a love of cruising!!  I went back and looked at those pictures tonight from going on 33 years ago.  Wow....good times!

We cruised on the Southward as well for our Honeymoon, August 24th, 1986.  We had an inside cabin on the Boat Deck (inside cabins and suites).  Really enjoyed the small ships of the time.  You could meet so many people and the crew and staff were so approachable.  We also sailed on the Southward out of LA  for our last cruise before kids.

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