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On 8/12/2019 at 11:28 AM, cruising46 said:

RCCL Legend of the Seas in 1992.   14 Day Panama Canal Cruise.    Outside room with small pothole.    Had so much fun.    Took excursions, entered every event, (learnt to not do this) and throughly enjoyed it all.    Have since taken over 20 cruises on RCCL, Celebrity, Holland American, Princess, Norwegian.     Travel solo, with friends, etc.etc.  Next cruise Celebrity Summit to Bermuda and Sojourn from Athens to Dubai.    

It wouldn't have been Legend of the Seas or it wouldn't have been 1992.  Legend's inaugural season wasn't until 1995.

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First "cruise" was probably Cunard Countess in 1989 that went to St. Maarten, St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Thomas.

 

I don't consider my early experiences on the Lurline, Matsonia, President Wilson and President Roosevelt because they weren't what I'd call "cruises"; they were "transport in style". We lived in Hawaii in the late 50's, early 60's and using the ocean liners was more comfortable than flying (until jets) back to California and almost a necessity in going to Asia and the South Pacific.

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On 10/8/2019 at 6:16 PM, The Mikado said:

The Matson Lines S.S. Lurline from Honolulu to Los Angeles, circa 1967. 

I loved that ship

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10 hours ago, Kentchikan said:

I loved that ship

You're dating yourself.

 

As am I, come to think of it. 🙂

 

Still, it provides a good perspective on just how far the cruise industry has come.

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4 hours ago, The Mikado said:

You're dating yourself.

 

As am I, come to think of it. 🙂

 

Still, it provides a good perspective on just how far the cruise industry has come.

Cruising in those days was phenomonal

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I mentioned a while back that my first cruise was on the Carnival Celebration in 1992.  Well, I just sailed on her again as the Grand Celebration with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines.  She's been well taken care of.  Brought back a lot of memories.

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On 10/25/2019 at 5:24 PM, RunBikeCruiseDC said:

I mentioned a while back that my first cruise was on the Carnival Celebration in 1992.  Well, I just sailed on her again as the Grand Celebration with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines.  She's been well taken care of.  Brought back a lot of memories.

 

Thanks for your post.  BPCL attracts me because of their use of Celebration and Costa Classica.  Grand Classica is of more interest to me than Grand Celebration for a short cruise this Winter.  I don't care where they sail; just the ship experience is enough for me.

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Our first cruise ship was the Ocean Princess back in 2000 on a 7 day southern caribbean cruise out of San Juan. She now sails out of England as P&O's Oceana.

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 I couldn't resist reading this thread but  instead I wrote down  my comment on my first cruise ship  onboard  Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas  April of 2019, I am looking forward on my second cruise on May of 2020 via Symphony of the Seas, I really enjoyed the cruise 100%.

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My first cruise was on NCL Westward to Bermuda in May 1991. 7 nights in an OV for $749 each.  I remember being served a drink in a promo glass that had another ship's name on it. Wondered about that.

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On 12/18/2019 at 11:22 AM, marci22 said:

My first cruise was on NCL Westward to Bermuda in May 1991. 7 nights in an OV for $749 each.  I remember being served a drink in a promo glass that had another ship's name on it. Wondered about that.

The other ship's name was probably - Royal Viking Star, one of the exceptional Royal Viking Line ships entering service in the early 1970's. NCL bought her in the early 90's, probably just before your cruise, renaming her Westward.

 

Believe she is now the Black Watch of Fred Olsen

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My first cruise was circa 2008 on NCL's Majesty (the one which a few cruises later was hit by a freak wave in the Mediterranean). That first cruise exceeded all of my expectations and I became hooked! Btw, my very next cruise was on Carnival's Triumph (another great one) which a few months later caught fire off of Mexico. Don't worry though... all the rest of my cruises had no after-effects.

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My first cruise was June 1994 on The Norway.

Eastern Caribbean itinerary.

It was a grand old ship. I loved it and have been hooked on cruising since.

 

One thing I always remember about the cruise were the daily newspaper synopsis we would receive.It was a two sided piece of paper with very brief news stories. We were on the cruise the week Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were found murdered. Each day there was a write up about - Oj Simpson's Ex Wife Found Murdered. Being out at sea and knowing nothing about was going on in "the real world"  we did not understand why this was newsworthy day after day after - sure it was sad and sure OJ was a spots figure  but everyday? Little did we know.....

 

1994 does not seem that long ago but the world has changed so much. Now when on a cruise you are not out of touch with the world - good and bad.

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Our 1st cruise was in 2008 -- Oosterdam Alaska in September.  Swore I'd never go on another cruise --- rain, wind - lived in polar fleece & rain gear & my back went out.....fast forward to 20l0 --- did a fabulous Mexican Riviera cruise & I changed my mind...

 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

1997 Carnival Fantasy

 

I absolutely fell in love with cruising and have been hooked on it ever since. I'll be taking my 6th cruise in November of this year, assuming cruises are back up and running by then.

Edited by rihannalexis

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Totally agree!  I have one booked for next February and "maybe" this November...  Having lunch with travel buddy tomorrow to see if we are ready to go!  🛳️

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Our first was in 2003 on Sovereign of the Seas. It was a five day out of Canaveral to Coco Cay and Nassau. It was a group from my wife's school.

 

When we realized how close we were going to be to Disney World we had to break it to the kids that Mom and Dad were not only going on a cruise without them, but was going to Disney without them. If you have never done it, Disney is fun without kids. 😁

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22 minutes ago, hloakes said:

Our first was in 2003 on Sovereign of the Seas. It was a five day out of Canaveral to Coco Cay and Nassau. It was a group from my wife's school.

 

When we realized how close we were going to be to Disney World we had to break it to the kids that Mom and Dad were not only going on a cruise without them, but was going to Disney without them. If you have never done it, Disney is fun without kids. 😁

I agree we have been twice without our kids well they are adults now but still best vacation.

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1993 was our first cruise. We sailed Premier Cruise Lines Oceana (Big Red Boat) out of Port Canaveral to Bahamas then a number of days stay at Walt Disney World.


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