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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?

 

NEW-sailsigncards2.jpg

 

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!

 

Carnival_NEW-A.jpg

 

..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?

RCIstaffCard-70.jpg

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

Concierge-70.jpg

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!

 

RCIstaffCard-70.jpg

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)..

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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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..

 

 

NatGeo_Explorer.JPG

 

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.

 

Ad5ZA, I have fantasy if you have Fascination, Triumph, Holiday or Elation pins. Sorry Off Topic. Send me an email luvmysox1@aol.com

 

I enjoyed looking at all the sail and sign cards. I've only saved my own though. I could never part with them.

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Yes, I have 18 cards from the cruises I have been on. I don't have 3 of the 21 cruises that I have done. At the time of my first two cruise, the ships had room keys and I am missing my NCL Majesty cruise card. My favorite cards have the picture of the ships on them.

 

The 4 HAL cards' design hasn't changed much. My 5 RCCL cards from 1998 to 2002 look basically the same. I only have 3 out of 6 cruises with NCL and each card has a different style. The others include: 2 Princess (different), 2 -X- (different), and only one of Disney and Carnival.

 

The older cards have the cabin number on them. I'm so glad this practice has been discontinued.

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The older cards have the cabin number on them.

I'm so glad this practice has been discontinued. ===> You'll see why, below!

I was standing on a windy top deck one night

when a cruise card came flipping and flapping its way across the deck to land at my feet!

 

I reacted quickly to stop it right there, and bent down to secure it.

 

NewBlue-A.jpg

 

Came back upright, expecting to see some frantic-faced person heading in my general direction

to thank me as they reclaimed their card, but as I looked around at folks

there wasn't a single person who looked my way or looked the slightest bit worried!

 

I held the card out, showing it around -but after 15 secs. of total non-response

I realized I had a new card for my collection (-of around 175,now!)

 

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No they're not all 175 My Cruises: what am I? a billionaire? :D

I'm just the guy who started this thread, that's all.

 

 

 

Took my card album on board with me awhile ago

and showed it around to the people at Front Desk or whatever they call it.

Showed it to the Cruise Director too.

They were amazed, having never seen the likes of it before -or since!

 

After all..how many crazy people out there collect cruise-cards (other than their very own)

-not many! :D

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I save my cards aswell. I jut got off Cunard where they collect the cards at the end of the voyage . To keep yours. Visit the pursers desk during the cruise and tell them you lot your card and they will give you a new one. Keep the old one you are going to keep in the cabin in a safe spot as it will be deactivated when the new one is issued. I also got off with the replacement card aswell. I held the card with the bar code facing up and security scanned it and then asked for it back but i could not understand him. Also. Hold on tight as they will try to pull it out of your hand

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I also got off with the replacement card as well.

I held the card with the bar code facing up and security scanned it and then asked for it back

but i could not understand him. :D

Hold on tight as they will try to pull it out of your hand

Oh well done, sir! ;)

 

Only UK cruise lines try to retain your card.

American cruise lines usually always give it back to the cruiser as a nice memento

 

The only two cruise cards I'm missing for my personal cruise history

are two UK-line cards. (Ocean Village, now defunct)

I didn't know better in those days or I too woulda "lost" them -and maybe the replacement card too :)

 

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