It is a joy to read your history of cruising when ships were elegant and traditional and the staff was endeared to you. We can only go back as far as the Sky Princess sailing through the Orient. How we long for even that quality of cruising now long gone.
Two points, if we may. Taking into consideration inflation, the prices paid then, though they may match the prices now, were in actual fact double today's price.
And, just when you think that ships are becoming no more than four star hotels, along comes Jewel Of The Sea with its elegant and handsomely embroydered sheets. Maybe quality is being reconsidered after all. Let's hope so.