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Are you up on deck,Love Boat style? 19 65.52%
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Old October 9th, 2011, 01:26 PM
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As your ship gets ready to sailaway...are you up on deck to take it all in, maybe with a foo foo in hand? or,perhaps, you are unpacking, eating or, doing whatever?
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We always meet for cocktails at 630pm the first night of the cruise; if that allows us to see sailaway from observation lounge; great; if not, we end up missing sailaway. Last cruise from Ft Lauderdale, however, we had a 50 ft banner we unfurled so that it could be filmed from both the webcam as you leave Port Everglades and a still photographer who took pix for us and our banner.

Venice is one sailaway I never miss; others, especially if they are after dark, are less impressive.
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We love the sailaway from all ports, just sitting watching the land disappear.
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Same here, JTD. That's the official start of vacation. I still get the same feeling as I did on my first cruise. I worked long, hard hours. Had actually had to go into work the day I sailed to fix a last minute problem. But, back, then, the internet didn't exist and I had explained to my boss that giving me a pager wouldn't do much good when I would be in the middle of the ocean. So, seeing the land fall away behind the ship took a huge weight off my shoulders. I loved my work, but really needed to get away! Even though I no longer work, I still get that feeling of freedom from day to day worries.
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Old October 9th, 2011, 04:25 PM
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We finally downloaded photos from our cruise last March as we leave again Thursday. We had a 11pm sailaway from Sydney which was quite fantastic. We just fit under the bridge and sailed past the Opera House seeing all the lights of Sydney. I wonder if our sailaway from Sydney Nova Scotia will be as pretty next week.

I guess I do get outside for a few sail aways. But one out of a dozen sailaways on a trip isn't that often.
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The sailaway says, "all is ahead of us!" A wonderful feeling of let the fun begin! Who has sailed early enough, to remember the streamers we tossed? Only once, on my first cruise in 1990, did that happen. We missed it though, as we were invited to the bridge for sailaway...still can't figure out how that happened! Was amazing!
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We even love to do the sailaway from our home port of Southampton UK, we like to go down to watch ships, so it's nice to watch people watching us watching them...Friends come down & wave, if it's dark they flash headlights.
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We love the sailaway from all ports, just sitting watching the land disappear.
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We can hear the ships horns if the wind is right, New years eve can be quite a noise & we are 10/15 miles from the port.
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We are often on our own balcony for sailaway - first cruise we were doing the muster drill. Venice, of course, was incredible - will not ever miss that! Sailing out of the caldera at Santorini also very cool, but we had an aft balcony so we sat their and watched it fade into the wake.
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My avatar is Venice at sunset from our aft balcony on P&O Arcadia.
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We did the on deck sail away from the deck but after about four or five we made a new ritual. We started popping a bottle of champagne on our deck and watching us sail from there.

We have gone up for few sail aways and it really seems we have not missed much. They aren't what they used to be.

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P&O have "sailaway parties" sometimes, patriotic songs that make me a bit uncofortable & Union Jack flags to wave....nice waiters with trays of ''champagne'' great untilthey hand you the bill!
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Will be sailing away from Ft. Lauderdale next week, that is always exciting, nice send off from there.
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P&O have "sailaway parties" sometimes, patriotic songs that make me a bit uncofortable & Union Jack flags to wave....nice waiters with trays of ''champagne'' great untilthey hand you the bill!
John, there is nothing wrong with the patriotic songs when in the UK. In all my travels, I have found no people with stronger national ties than the English (more so than the rest of the UK). The display of paper poppies as we approach Remembrance Day is, to me, a wonderful display of honour to those lost in WWI and other past wars. Going to Spring Proms at RAH and waving the flags and hearing the songs and hymms is just awe inspiring. Never apologise.

Of course, in addition to my plastic Union Jack I received at the Proms, I still have my plastic Chinese flag I receieved on Tianamen Square on National Day in 2007; another wonderful display of nationalism.
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Ah, Trip, I do well remember the paper streamer and confetti days. I'm okay with just being on deck and knowing that we are "sailing away".
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John, there is nothing wrong with the patriotic songs when in the UK. In all my travels, I have found no people with stronger national ties than the English (more so than the rest of the UK). The display of paper poppies as we approach Remembrance Day is, to me, a wonderful display of honour to those lost in WWI and other past wars. Going to Spring Proms at RAH and waving the flags and hearing the songs and hymms is just awe inspiring. Never apologise.

Of course, in addition to my plastic Union Jack I received at the Proms, I still have my plastic Chinese flag I receieved on Tianamen Square on National Day in 2007; another wonderful display of nationalism.
Ah well yes, but patriotism & nationalism are different to me ...I don't mind "Land of hope & glory" but the "dambusters" theme with Ents staff pretending to be bombers (arms out like wings) is a bit much. The remembrance day poppies are just a tribute to the fallen in all wars. I disagree with the statement that the English are particularly patriotic ...the Scots & the Welsh are stronger than us & we haven't started on the Irish.
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Ah well yes, but patriotism & nationalism are different to me ...I don't mind "Land of hope & glory" but the "dambusters" theme with Ents staff pretending to be bombers (arms out like wings) is a bit much.
I got a smile reading your description. I used to work at NATO; we would get all Belgian holidays except Armistice/Remembrance Day; something about offending the Germans. I guess the "bombers" could also be a bit of a dig with the wrong audience.

As for nationalism among Brits; sorry about my mistake. I have just found that the Scots seem to seek more independence from UK; I might be mistaken in putting the Welsh in the same camp. I still haven't figured out the Northern Irish; I imagine no one has.
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As for nationalism among Brits; sorry about my mistake. I have just found that the Scots seem to seek more independence from UK;
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The operative word is 'seem' ;The Scots want independence - not in my lifetime or the next couple of generations either.

We are quite content the way things are We have a form of autonomy similar to maybe your states whereby our NHS etc is more inclusive than England because we have more control.


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I voted that I am on deck, but really it totally depends on the destination. In Venice, it was practically mandatory for me, but other cities it is less important. I do usually like being involved in whatever sailaway party they have going on. (Enjoy the festive atmosphere)
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We always are on deck when the ship is leaving .
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We have never been on deck when sailing away but no matter what this time I will be even if I go by myself. We are always on our balcony but not this time!
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We always are on deck when the ship is leaving .

Henry, you are my kind of guy. It's a lt of fun to be out there when the ship is leaving.

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My Hubby and I do a little of both. Last few cruises everyone was at their muster station anyway, so everyone saw a little. This cruise we have our first balcony, so we'll be watching from there!!
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Will be sailing away from Ft. Lauderdale next week, that is always exciting, nice send off from there.
I love to sail out of Ft. Lauderdale. It will be extra fun in your case because you will be on the Allure.
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Thanks Manuel,
I look forward to sailing away from Ft Lauderdale, the people in the condo's give you a wonderful send off, almost in 24 hours from now...Just have to finish laundry and the last minute packing.
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