I agree with Trip about the confetti. On our first cruise on the Nordic Prince they had a full blown Bon Voyage celebration with photogs on high rise platforms following the ship down the dock. We had a great shot of us on deck, drinks in one hand streamers flying, and was a real throwback to early voyages.
Freedom Of The Seas -07
Radiance Of The Seas-07
Adventure Of The Seas-05
Navigator Of The Seas-04
Soverign Of The Seas-02
Big Red Boat-93
NCL was the first to do the private island thing. Not sure when they started it, but it was already in place in 1982 when I took my first cruise! I almost wrote 1892! I mean, I'm old, but not that old.
Also, much better sound proofing in cabins.
More effective stabilizers....although I kind of miss the old days when I knew I was at sea.