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I've been writing to ask about cruise-cards, here on the Memorabilia section

and at other CC Message Board locations but it seems no one collects cruise cards

beyond saving their own 'Sail & Sign' cards as a memento, only to be forgotten in a drawer somewhere!

 

I've recently discovered it's not that difficult to ask around among friends and acquaintances

-even in my small island community- to receive cards that turn out to be quite interesting.

 

Now that I have a few different ones (Carnival mostly)

I'm seeing all sorts of major and minor design changes that make a collection worthwhile.

As a collector, you already know that variation is the basis for all collections.

 

 

For what it's worth

here are a few cards I've recently acquired..

 

 

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After returning from a memorable cruise, most people don't throw out their cruise cards, I'm sure..

they serve as an integral part of your holiday memories.

They get stuck away somewhere, not seeing the light of day for years!

 

Anyone who's been saving their old cruise cards 'for a reason,but not quite sure just what'

might consider donating them to a collector like me? Please? :confused:

 

Are there any other cruise-card collectors? -I'd love to know!

 

 

Please have a dig around to see what you can find.

 

 

 

Oh by the way...I live on the Caribbean island of Barbados

and this is one of my local beaches.

 

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Thought you might like to see.

 

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i try and keep mine. the best way to keep them is in a business card holder. i think they hold about 10 cards per sheet. i mainly have hotel cards though

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I collect cards from cruises and day cruises! There is a message board for card collectors. They trade, buy, sell, and post scans of cards there. the site is www.slotcardbbs.com . My main collectible is casino chips from cruises and day cruises though. Heres just a few of my cards.... :)

 

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I try and keep mine. ===> Few people throw them out, I reckon!

the best way to keep them is in a business card holder.

I think they hold about 10 cards per sheet.

Thanks for the response

 

Yes, I learned the business card album thing awhile ago

when I was collecting Caribbean phone cards! :D

 

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That's quite a collection you have there...

 

I collect cards from cruises and day cruises!

There is a message board for card collectors.

They trade, buy, sell, and post scans of cards there. the site is www.slotcardbbs.com . ===> Thanks for that.

My main collectible is casino chips from cruises and day cruises though.

Here's just a few of my cards.... :)

 

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I find the RCCL cards above interesting..

..like the ones with the star-shaped holes punched in them...never saw that before!

 

And where did you get the blank cards?

- you pestered someone at the Purser's Desk for them, huh? :)

 

 

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Just got this one just last night - it's an early Royal Caribbean card from 1995 :eek:

 

I immediately noticed it was thinner and more flexible than today's card.

-with a magnetic strip on the back, and a strangely-rough hole in it

like a regular machine punch wasn't used?

 

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That's quite a collection you have there...

 

I find the RCCL cards above interesting..

..like the ones with the star-shaped holes punched in them...never saw that before!

 

And where did you get the blank cards?

- you pestered someone at the Purser's Desk for them, huh? :)

 

 

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The card with the silhouette of people on it is what they were issuing to people under 21. The star holes tell staff about ages or if they paid for the unlimited soft drink refills if i remember correctly. Yes, i had to beg for the two blank cards :) Im going to try and get some more blanks when i go on the Monarch in a few weeks :)

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The card with the silhouette of people on it

is what they were issuing to people under 21. ===> The Party Ppl - yes,I know...the kid upstairs in one!

The star holes tell staff about ages

or if they paid for the unlimited soft drink refills if i remember correctly. ===> Hmmmm..

Yes, i had to beg for the two blank cards :)

I'm going to try and get some more blanks when i go on the Monarch in a few weeks ===> Ask for one fer me, too? Please? :confused:

The kid upstairs...her Dad is a cruise-ship Captain :eek:

 

I got some cards from her, along with various 'interpretations'

 

 

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This card shows a Coca-Cola sticker which signifies the free soda thing

but you could be right too.

I asked her about the round holes...she said they are to indicate Under-Age status.

 

 

I was thinking maybe the star-holes signified something Casino-related?

or entertainment-related?

 

Who knows!

 

 

You might notice too..that your card..

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already has a red Coco-Cola sticker on it..

 

 

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Someone else gave me this card

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with the two stickers you see -they couldn't remember what they were for

but probably for free soda or something like that?

 

 

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we keep them only b/c my wife keeps a scrapbook of our trips
At least they get kept. Some ppl throw them out!

 

I couldn't do that: for a week that card has been my ticket to ride

and it becomes almost a part of me -and my holiday.

 

 

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I am an avid Cruise ship room key collector. I have about 225 different room keys and Casino Player cards from the ships and casino day boats. I have some duplicates to trade for keys I need for my collection. If you are interested, please email me.

 

Since I just joined the Cruise Critic, I do not know how to post pictures here yet so I would be able to send you scans to your email.

 

It is a GREAT Hobby and you get to meet a wonderful bunch of people with a common interest.

 

Also, I collect the chips from the casino of the tables. Usually only $5 and under and the ships sometimes have special chips for Innaugural Seasons or having a special preforming star on board. If you have any interest in that, just let me know.

 

albertscalzo@gmail.com

Albert

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I am an avid Cruise ship room key collector.

I have about 225 different room keys and Casino Player cards from the ships and casino day boats.

I have some duplicates to trade for keys I need for my collection. If you are interested, please email me.

 

Since I just joined the Cruise Critic,

I do not know how to post pictures here yet so I would be able to send you scans to your email.

 

It is a GREAT Hobby and you get to meet a wonderful bunch of people with a common interest.

 

albertscalzo@gmail.com ===> Check your email!

Albert

To post pictures....

you can either make direct attachments to your post by using the Manage Attachments button

further down the page where you compose your post..

 

-OR have a stash of pix already somewhere out on the intenet like I do

(at a Photobucket account --and/or on the CC Photo Gallery)

and then you simply link to those shots!

 

 

 

The former method(direct attachment to your post) results in rather small pics

but still gets 'the message' across.

The latter method(linking to P-bucket or the Photo Gallery)

results in considerably larger pics.

 

 

Hope this helps to get you started.

Perhaps you should go over to http://photobucket.com/

and sign up for a free account to get started?

 

 

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Thank you Aplmac for the help. Here is a sample of my collection!!!

 

 

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Glad to help out: it's really easy once you get the hang of how it works! :)

 

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Those are wonderful old Carnival cards you're showing us, there!

 

Nice to see the variation visible in the overall-blue cards from the 07-08 period.

I'm discovering much minor variation, in between the (2 yrs. average) larger design changes Carnival makes to their cards.

 

I've also come to realize that small variations often escape a quick inspection

-until you get cards side-by-side and take a really close look.

E.g. the inclusion, size and position of the directional arrows varies considerably, I've found.

 

 

Thank you for showing us.

 

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I was given this early Carnival card just today!

How many of you remember cards like this from back in 1998 ?

 

 

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Can't help but feel that this is some sort of special staff card

or travel agent card -not the normal issue.

 

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I keep all of mine in a drawer with some of my collectibles:rolleyes:
Think if you start organising them into an album, getting them side-by-side..

you'll start to see all sorts of little and big variations and changes to design!

 

Scan them and show us what you have!

 

 

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well lets see if i can get this pic posting thing

 

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any ideas?? i'm sur eits something simple i'm missing.

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well lets see if i can get this pic posting thing

 

2652962020103099988S200x200Q85.jpg[/img] <<===> That's the closing bit. Where's the rest!

 

having trouble posting .

I'm pasting the url link and it showing the red x any ideas.

I'm using webshots and the link they say to use to post in a forum.

any ideas?? i'm sure it's something simple i'm missing. ===> It always is!! :D

From what I can make out above

it seems you may have left out the first html command box..

..which was to be b]the bit

Does that make sense?

 

 

Although I don't, maybe you should try clicking the little Insert Image button

visible above where one composes the post-to-be.

Yellow thing, looks like mountains with a Sun at top right

- says Insert Image when you put the cursor on it...

 

 

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One there that is special to me is the Premiere cruise lines S.S. Seabreeze . She is now at the bottom of the ocean. This card was the first week of take over from Dolphin cruise lines to Premiere. Boy how i miss that old tub.

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well lets try again ===> it worked!

Well done, (Mrs.)Jeff... Nice cards you have there!

Thanks for showing us!

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I keep hoping that some kind person out there

will use a magnet to void the info on the magnetic strip

and send me their 'dead'/cancelled Carnival credit-card for my collection of cruise-cards

-the one with the nice photo of the ship!? :)

 

I don't otherwise stand a chance in Hell of ever acquiring it

(see where I live?)

 

 

 

I'll also accept any and every cruise card from any and every cruise-line

(so many I don't have yet) -I'm NOT into identity theft..

..I have a rather strong one of my own, thanks,

-and besides.. I'm already richer than you! ;) :D

 

 

So please...anyone who might contribute

please stick your old/dead/un-used cards in an envelope

(NO Scotch tape please --it peels the layers apart!)

and send your envelope to:

 

David Hunt (my real name)

3, Erdiston Drive

Pine Gardens, St.Michael,

BARBADOS, W.Indies (now you know where I live too!)

 

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

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Please click on URL..

http://s177.photobucket.com/albums/w.../Ship%20CARDS/

to see what I've collected so far.

 

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Hi Seadancer,

 

Nice cards. I also collect them but don't care about my name on them although I do have 6 cruises under my belt. I am going to a convention next week in Las Vegas where there will be some ship keys for sale and trade.

 

Have fun at what ever you like doing! I like your quote...

 

How far are you from West Palm Beach?

 

Take care,

Albert

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The card with the silhouette of people on it is what they were issuing to people under 21. The star holes tell staff about ages or if they paid for the unlimited soft drink refills if i remember correctly. Yes, i had to beg for the two blank cards :) Im going to try and get some more blanks when i go on the Monarch in a few weeks :)

 

Just curious, why do you want to collect blank cards, or at least more then on each blank card?

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For Christmas, I have a 'travel' Christmas tree that I put an ornaments that we have picked up on our cruises and I also hang our cruise keys on it.

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For Christmas, I have a 'travel' Christmas tree that I put an ornaments that we have picked up on our cruises

- and I also hang our cruise keys on it.

Now that's a neat idea! -and so light too.

 

So many Xmas ornaments are too heavy, these days.

The makers don't consider that a Xmas tree ornaments first consideration is that it should be light.

 

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I scrapbook ours. On our Grand Princess cruise out of Gav, TX we found out that Princess actually kept our cards. I had to think "fast" and I told them, "oh I packed our cards." Darn it so they checked us out with our DL. :D We had never had them keep our cards before.

 

Here are some of the pages from our cruises and how I included our cards. I like the Star Princess cards better as the ship photo is on the cards.

 

Our first cruise Star Princess

http://family.webshots.com/photo/1470217857065147273oOyGMl

 

 

Grand Princess

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2288657410065147273YvUbkD

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How soon til we see these in use?

 

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These are thought to be the next generation of Carnival card,

dreamed up as an improvement over the current ones

which were judged to be unfit for human consumption, by those of Platinum status

..who felt their Platinum color didn't show sufficiently impressively

 

Some clever artistic person came up with this suggested rethink for the current design

which was judged to be a great improvement! :)

 

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A friend of mine just returned from her Carnival VICTORY cruise

with this ship-card in hand!

 

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..so it would seem that the much-desired and revamped 'New Design' Carnival cards

are finally coming onstream! :)

 

Nice-lookin card!

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OK -here are two recent finds...

 

 

Access to the Bridge?

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This is a staff card of some sort -it has zero information on it

other than what you see!

 

On the reverse is a magnetic stripe, and that's it!

If you don't know what door it fits, it's utterly useless!

 

 

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Concierge Club

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This one's a bit more useful! :D

 

 

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I'm still accepting any donations of cards

from whatever source,

if you'd be so kind as you put any old/spare cards

into an envelope and mail them to me...?

 

 

D.Hunt

3, Erdiston Dr.

Pine Gdns, St.Michael

BARBADOS, W.Indies

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We were on the Orchestra last March and the folks at MSC collected our cards after we scanned off the ship at disembarkation. They said that they were required to collect all the cards by the customs regulations.

 

It was the first time I had seen that.

 

Thought it must be a new rule as we had been on the Carnival Victory about 5 months earlier than that and they didn't collect our cards.

 

Since then we sailed on NCL's Dawn and they also didn't collect the cards at the end of the trip.

 

I'm now thinking this is more of a MSC rule than a customs requirement.

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Seems to me

that American-run cruise lines will splurge the extra 25 cents the cards cost them

to let your retain your memento card..

whereas European cruise companies simply can't aford it, somehow?

Maybe the Euros recycle them, and thereby gain an extra million, per annum?

Hey, you know how it goes with the bean-counters. :D

 

Next time you're getting off, tell them you're doing a back-to-back cruise

and you'll be seeing them again in 3 or 4 hours

and keep your card!

 

Customs couldn't care less about you having your card -or not.

Cruise-lines come up with all sorts of silly excuses/reasons to keep your card

the only valid one being that their computer system is down

and they need your physical card to tally everyone off and ashore.

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Access to the Bridge? ===> Oh no!

 

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This is a staff card of some sort -it has zero information on it

other than what you see! ===> I was wrong! See the truth below!

 

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I'm still accepting any donations of cards

from whatever source,

if you'd be so kind as you put any old/spare cards

into an envelope and mail them to me...?

 

D.Hunt

3, Erdiston Dr.

Pine Gdns, St.Michael

BARBADOS, W.Indies

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Turns out I was quite wrong about this plain card(shown above, here) being a Staff card.

 

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I spent a few mins. today with the Master of a Radiance Class RCI vessel

and took the opportunity to ask him what sort of staff card it is.

 

 

NOT a staff card, he says.

It is in fact a passenger card, a cabin-key to be precise! ;)

 

 

In Royal Caribbean's pre-SeaPass days, pax were given two cards.

The plain card seen above, which only provided access to their cabin..

 

-and another card (probably much like this pre-SeaPass cruise card)..

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which pax used to embark/disembark the ship, and for purchases on board.

 

 

When SeaPass was introduced later, the new system integrated both card functions

(cabin access, onboard purchases and ship security re. going ashore)

into the one convenient card we know today. Much easier for everyone!

 

 

 

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Just thought you'd like to know

-and that I should correct my misinformation above. :o

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Back in January, friends of mine did their once-in-a-lifetime Antarctica cruise with Lindblad..!

 

They were on board National Geographic EXPLORER.

 

 

Their cards look like this..

 

 

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Their ship looked like this...

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I spent a few mins. today with the Master of a Radiance Class RCI vessel

and took the opportunity to ask him what sort of staff card it is.

 

 

NOT a staff card, he says.

It is in fact a passenger card, a cabin-key to be precise! ;)

 

 

In Royal Caribbean's pre-SeaPass days, pax were given two cards.

The plain card seen above, which only provided access to their cabin..

 

-and another card (probably much like this pre-SeaPass cruise card)..

RCCL-1995A.jpg

which pax used to embark/disembark the ship, and for purchases on board.

 

 

When SeaPass was introduced later, the new system integrated both card functions

(cabin access, onboard purchases and ship security re. going ashore)

into the one convenient card we know today. Much easier for everyone!

 

 

 

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Just thought you'd like to know

-and that I should correct my misinformation above. :o

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In the early days (1970s) of RCCL(that was RCI's name back then) each passenger had a room key attached to a solid dark blue plastic room identifier(key chain for lack of a better word) (like hotels used to have) plus a card that you showed to get on the ship (pre Sept 11th security was much more lax), and you paid for drinks and other purchases with cash at each transaction - no credit cards or charges were accepted back then. Next came setting up an account that you could charge to and pay with cash or your credit card at the end of the cruise - you actually signed for each transaction and then came SeaPass cards that were your key, id and charge card and it's what most of us are now familiar with. I'm going to have to dig up mine from the 1970s - they are all in my photo albums and scrapbooks. This thread has brought back many wonderful memories. We leave Friday on what will be my 31st cruise.

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In the early days (1970s) of RCCL(that was RCI's name back then)

each passenger had a room key attached to a solid dark blue plastic room identifier

(key chain for lack of a better word) (like hotels used to have)

plus a card that you showed to get on the ship (pre Sept 11th security was much more lax)' date='

and you paid for drinks and other purchases with cash at each transaction - no credit cards or charges were accepted back then.

 

Next came setting up an account that you could charge to and pay with cash or your credit card at the end of the cruise

- you actually signed for each transaction and then came SeaPass cards that were your key, id and charge card and it's what most of us are now familiar with.

I'm going to have to dig up mine from the 1970s - they are all in my photo albums and scrapbooks.

This thread has brought back many wonderful memories. We leave Friday on what will be [b']my 31st cruise[/b].

Very interesting! Thanks for the memories.

 

I have very few cruise-cards without magnetic stripes on their reverse side

even among the earlier ones (pre-1999)..

 

 

 

Here's hoping you enjoy that 31st. cruise!

 

 

I'm still open to donations from folks willing to Mail me their cards, after they return home!

 

David Hunt,

3, Erdiston Drive

Pine Gardens

St.Michael

BARBADOS

W.Indies.

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I collect Cruise Ship Pins.. mostly Carnival.... Have a Carnival Platinum card to trade for a Carnival Cruise Ship pin.. Want Fantasy or Sensation.

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