Cruising is great I am sure you all agree!! But do you know about some of these Old cruise (or naval) customs which are still carried out today?
I had to start with the one I am sure you all know – I remember my first experience of the Baked Alaska being paraded around the restaurant by the restaurant staff and chefs all singing and with the pudding seemingly on fire. I actually didn’t know what was going on at first as the lights dimmed and everyone went quiet. It is a bit of an event and it goes back to the early 20th century, when ships first acquired refrigeration. It was such a huge event and ultimately, it stuck. Sadly it seems to have been phased out on many ships…some people may see this as a good thing.
Friends of Dorothy
Many of the big cruise lines offer Friends of Dorothy get-togethers, these friendly meetings are a fun and informal way for less confident passengers from the gay and lesbian community to meet new people.
Unlucky Number 13
Ever wondered what happened to Deck 13? well the number is deemed unlucky for whatever reason. Because of this you rarely see a deck 13 on a ship. Although on Italian Cruise ships the deck number you wont see is 17 as that is deemed an unlucky number.
Every new ship has a Godmother – be that Royalty, a TV personality or a sports star to name a few. These days it is used as a PR exercise by cruise lines but the tradition goes back over 4000 years, The role, historically, sees the Godmother entrusted with the safe guidance of the ship and her passengers by way of a blessing. These days we see the breaking of a bottle of champagne against the hull (what a waste) during the naming ceremony.
Crossing the Line Ceremony
The line-crossing ceremony is an initiation rite to commemorate a sailor’s first crossing of the Equator.
Equator-crossing ceremonies ( o Crossing the Line Ceremonies) , typically featuring King Neptune, are also sometimes carried out for passengers’ entertainment on civilian ocean liners and cruise ships. They are also performed in the merchant navy. It is a ritual in which previously inducted crew members (Trusty Shellbacks) are organized into a “Court of Neptune” to induct the Slimy Pollywogs into “the mysteries of the Deep”. Sounds Fun…I just need to cross the Equator to experience this.
The Crew Show
I love this, some of the talent below decks is amazing. So for those that don’t know it is like a talent show where various members of crew who have been selected via auditions show there talents. So you may see an engineers tap dancing, a cabin steward singing or an officer performing magic. It is such fun and always an entertaining evening.
A sailaway for me is a big event and I always make sure I am up on deck for this. there is always a great atmosphere and usually a band playing plus sometimes free cocktails!! It goes back many years and was seen as a main event where people would dress up in their finest clothes….rather than the usual Bermuda shorts you see these days!!