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  • Jocap, Cumbria
    started a topic First Sight of a Cruise Ship?

    First Sight of a Cruise Ship?

    I'd only ever seen ferries, and thought that the ones from Hull were immense, so I couldn't believe the size of all the massive vessels in Fort Lauderdale when we arrived for our first cruise. Sea Princess was the most enormous ship I'd ever seen, other than containers and tankers- yet she's relatively small today.
    Friends returning from the Isle of Wight came and told me about "the monster- sized" ship they saw in Southampton- they were awe struck... and it was Aurora!
    What was your first sight of a cruise ship?

  • mcgregor, Ferndown
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    First cruise for us was on the Monterey supposed to be the largest ship in those days quite small nowadays !!¬. Big buffets on deck late night with ice sculptures and great displays, we could not face any more food but it was worth going for the splendour.

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  • Guy, Ormskirk
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    Welcome to the forum Tuppo, I see you can post photo's as well which I still struggle to do

    I hope you enjoy your first cruise and we would all be interested to hear what you think of it..Carol

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  • smtcan, Scarborough
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    I had two first sightings of cruise ships. When I was a teen I went on an exchange to St. Nazaire in France. The father of the family was a doctor at the ship yard and he took us to see the liner France which was being built there. It was just an empty hull at the time, but it seemed immense to me. It eventually became the Norway until it was scrapped. I can't imagine being able to wander around an unfinished ship now, but back in the fifties it was quite acceptable.

    The first time I saw an actual functioning cruise ship was when I visited my (then) boyfriend's family. His parents had booked a cruise and took us with them for a ship visit in Southampton. I really can't recall the name of the ship but think it was P&O.. My recollection is that the cabins were tiny and the corridors were dark and narrow. I wasn't at all impressed except with the lunch we had on board. I had no desire to cruise after that and it must have been close to thirty years before our first cruise to Alaska on the old Star Princess.

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  • Tuppo, Cleethorpes
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    My first sight of a cruise ship was in Freemantle in 1974. I was 13 and about to board the Fedor Shalyapin. It was built in 1955 as the Ivernia for Cunard and sold soon after the QE2 replaced it,It was the first part of our trip back to UK. I thought it was huge as we boarded, it was 22,000 tons. My wife and i go on our first cruise in 8 weeks on the Independence of the Seas. At 155,000 tons slightly bigger.

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  • tuts1230, grimsby
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    My first was Adventure of the Seas when I boarded at Malaga and was Wowed on the look and the boarding through the atrium

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  • ilovesunshine, east yorks
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    Originally posted by philhar, wallasey View Post

    Hi when I sailed on the Empress of England as the Ocean Monrach it was in the 1970's.Entertainment was ok,bit more homespun and enthusiastic amateurs.Food was good but not much choice.Cabins were a broom cupboard with no ensuite.
    Sounds a bit like camping! You forget that it was common to have shared bathroom in hotels and guest houses as well, and even rarer in homes. We are so spoiled now.

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  • Issyalex, Glasgow
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    Our first time seeing a cruise ship was when we were on the bus in Palma on the way to our first cruise. We thought our ship Airtours Carousel was big till we we saw their Seabird ship. Both by today’s standards were small ships but we were still in awe.

    Every time we see a ship docked in Greenock, when we’re visiting Helensburgh for the day, we still get excited. Sad people I know. 🙈

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  • philhar, wallasey
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    Originally posted by ilovesunshine, east yorks View Post

    How did it compare to the cruise ships of today in terms of entertainment', food and your cabin? I don't think my grandparents were on a cruise as such, more a means of transport to cross the Atlantic. Similar to QM2 today.
    Hi when I sailed on the Empress of England as the Ocean Monrach it was in the 1970's.Entertainment was ok,bit more homespun and enthusiastic amateurs.Food was good but not much choice.Cabins were a broom cupboard with no ensuite.

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  • ilovesunshine, east yorks
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    Originally posted by philhar, wallasey View Post

    I also sailed on the Empress of England,the ship you posted a photo of,but when it was the Ocean Monarch
    I think they did canada runs in the Autumn/winter/Spring and cruises in the summer.
    How did it compare to the cruise ships of today in terms of entertainment', food and your cabin? I don't think my grandparents were on a cruise as such, more a means of transport to cross the Atlantic. Similar to QM2 today.

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  • Little Red Rouster, Lancaster
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    Our first sighting of a cruise ship was the Cunard Countess in Porta Rico. We thought she was big (only 18000 tons) until we went on deck the following morning and saw one of the Carnival ships at the side of us which dwarfed the Countess. Although only a small ship was one of our best cruises round the Caribbean that was 1994. May I say that was when the Caribbean was the Caribbean.
    Last edited by Little Red Rouster, Lancaster; 19th July 2019, 11:43 AM.

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  • philhar, wallasey
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    Originally posted by ilovesunshine, east yorks View Post

    My grandparents sailed to Canada in the 1960s. It wad a big adventure then. They went to visit my auntie who lived there, having married a Canadian.
    I also sailed on the Empress of England,the ship you posted a photo of,but when it was the Ocean Monarch
    I think they did canada runs in the Autumn/winter/Spring and cruises in the summer.

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  • JohnR, Chippenham
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    Seeing our ship, whichever it is, as we drive into Southampton.

    So reassuring compared to arriving at an airport and not knowing if our plane is on time or still stuck somewhere thousands of miles away.

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  • Smith7
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    Our first sighting of a cruise ship was Jewel of the Seas in Harwich. It was out first cruise and as she came into sight, we were so excited knowing that we were going on a 12 day cruise to the Baltics on her. She looked so big to us then, even though she is quite small by today's standards.
    I still think of her with fondness.

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  • ilovesunshine, east yorks
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    Originally posted by ilovesunshine, east yorks View Post

    My grandparents sailed to Canada in the 1960s. It wad a big adventure then. They went to visit my auntie who lived there, having married a Canadian.

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