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Old May 19th, 2011, 10:59 AM
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Which cruise line ,ship ,destination ,cabin type and price .

Our first cruise was in 1973 .The Cunard Line ,the ship was the Ambassador .We had a room with a porthole .The cost was $695.00 for both of us for a 7 day cruise to Bermuda.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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Ah, everyone remembers fondly how they lost their virginity!

In 1972, I was a young second lieutenant stationed on a mountain top in Alaska. I was going home in February for a month's leave, and my Darling Wife went to a Travel Agent to find someplace for us to go. The wonderful TA suggested a Caribbean Cruise which sounded like the perfect counterpoint to Alaska!

So off we went on the Song of Norway, capacity 600 passengers. We had a cabin with a porthole and fixed seating dining three times a day. The only other meal choice was burgers by the pool and the midnight buffet. We visited St. Thomas where we were the only ship in port, San Juan, and the Dominican Republic. We danced the night away in the nightclub and still woke up early the next morning.

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I have pictures from my first cruise that I may post at some point
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1991 with my parents on Carnival Ectascy. We had an exterior-cabin with a window (bigger than a porthole!). It was the only time I've ever had an outside cabin.

I had to quit my part-time job because they would not give me the time off. I wasn't about to forgo the vacation of a lifetime for a crappy summer job. After I quit, they conceded and gave me the time off.

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Our first (2006) and subsequent 2nd and 3rd cruises (2008) and (2009) were all gifts by Fran's niece on the Explorer of the Seas out of Bayonne on the nine night Eastern Caribbean itinerary (St. Maarten St. Thomas with once to Bermuda and once to that Hatian Beach thing (I forget its name) and San Juan. Our cabin, an oversized (211 Sq. Ft.) was outboard forward facing over the bow on deck nine, just under the Bridge with an enormous port hole window and I believe cost 1,300 dollars. The subsequent cruises were all on the same forward facing deck with one cabin being occupied twice.

It was everything we dreamed and even more. Back then the food was absolutely wonderful and the service was impeccable. I still occasionally correspond with our waiter who lives I believe now in Bulgaria and is involved in an upscale restaurant. He has a brother who lives in I think Nevada. He was so popular I used to see people post when I used to occasionally visit other cruise web sites (which I no longer do) who were trying to contact him. As a matter of fact, with us it was the reverse, he contacted Fran and me as he remembered us so well. I received very sincere condolences in a beautifully written e-mail when she died and we have corresponded once since then which makes me remember, I must sent him a few lines. I cracked up because the women (including Fran) all swooned over him and he was engaged at the time to a gorgeous girl who worked in the casino. Once I was in there when he was passing through and said his intended wanted him to tell me to play the nickel machine. I put in one nickel and it dumped big time! Go figure. He ended up not marrying her however and married an extremely attractive girl from where he moved after leaving the cruising industry.

It was indeed, the experience of a lifetime.

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First cruise was on USS Virginia in 1981.

First cruise with alcohol was six months on USS America to Indian Ocean 1982-1983. After 30 continuous days at sea, you are allocated two beers.

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SS Britannis; Montego Bay round-trip; inside single in November 1985. Booked at last minute for $650 including single supplement.

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First was a 4 day cruise aboard the Mardi Gras, inside cabin
cost around $700 each. Love every minute of it.
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First cruise was February 25, 1983 A seven day cruise on Carnival Festivale. Ports were San Juan Puerto Rico, St Thomas USVI and Nassau, Bahamas. The price was nearly $1000 each for an inside cabin (R42) with 2 other cabin mates. That price did include air from Boston on the Carnival Fly Aweigh program. Back then I had no internet connection and never researched the price. We just paid brochure price.
The next year we went on Mardi Gras and paid a similar price for 4 in a cabin.

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We plan to re-create our first cruise this summer (different ship,however).We have our pictures ,brochures ,etc .
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My first cruise was on the Carnival Fantasy out of Port Canaveral in 1998. We had the penthouse suite (cat#12) as it was called back then. Ports of call were ST Thomas & Nassau Bahamas. We flew first class with airline upgrades. Total cost including air was right around a thousand dollars.
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Our first cruise was in 2002 on Carnival Inspiration. It was free! My husband's company was giving a free cruise to the "high producers" and someone had to cancel at the last minute, so we were invited (DH was in administration, so wasn't eligible to win).

I almost said no ! We all flew to New Orleans the day of the cruise and took the Carnival bus to the port. We went to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

I took all the wrong clothes (nearly burned up in denim dresses and jeans!) and we didn't know until halfway through the cruise that Room Service was available :o. There was no menu in our cabin. We had to eat dinner with all the company people every night.

We had a wonderful time and were hooked!
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Norwegian-Caribbean Line's Vistafjord in 1976. We had a lovely suite thanks to a cousin who worked for the line in New York.

Ports were St. Thomas, St. Bart's and St. Maarten. There were no docks anywhere and we tendered in on beautiful wooden launches. The ship stayed overnight in St. Thomas and we had dinner with friends from Michigan and tendered back to the ship late at night - very romantic!

Everyone was dressed to the nines every night - it was expected that every night was formal night. Lunch was only in the dining room and it was much more formal than today.

Cunard ultimately bought out Norwegian-Caribbean line and changed the name of the ship, along with the Sagafjord. That cruise started my addiction!
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I don't know if you could call it a cruise, but my first ocean voyage was on the SS Olympia way back in 1957, from Lisbon, Portugal to New York.
The food was good and I enjoyed the trip.

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Old May 29th, 2011, 11:48 AM
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went on 1st cruise aug 04 out of home port of new orleans carnival conquest 7 day western caribbean have been cruising every year since

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Anyone remember "Mirage" from Canaveral? 2 and 3 nighters for $89 inside.
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