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Old October 20th, 2013, 02:14 PM
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Have you been cruising long enough to remember when sailaways meant tossing streamers? How about being invited on to the bridge to sailaway with the Captain, or just do a bridge tour? Play skeet? What about being able to have friends and family board, and visit with you, then leave with the last call for all visitors came over the loud speaker?

Times have sure changed......
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Old October 20th, 2013, 02:38 PM
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Oh happy days :o) We never had the option of friends/family visiting, and the skeet was electronic laser skeet off the back of the ship, but the streamers, bridge visits, sail ins & sailaways were always great - our avatar is from the QE2 Bridge Wing taken during a sailaway from La Rochelle in France.

Even the bands playing at sailaway seem to be getting fewer and fewer :o(

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Yes I do...1983 Carnival Festivale...streamers and free drinks at the sail-a-way party...in Nassau we stayed in port until 0200 am and went to the Playboy Club for dinner, show and gambling...fun ship special drinks for $1.75...midnight deck party with a full buffet, live calypso & rock&roll band..different theme night for dinner and dress

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Have you been cruising long enough to remember when sailaways meant tossing streamers? How about being invited on to the bridge to sailaway with the Captain, or just do a bridge tour? Play skeet? What about being able to have friends and family board, and visit with you, then leave with the last call for all visitors came over the loud speaker?

Times have sure changed......
The streamers are now illegal in most countries, and a terrible pollutant in the sea. Probably not something we should be proud of doing in the past. Since most cruisers do not board ships in their home port and have no relatives or friends ashore to throw the streamers to, the point of doing this is lost. Port security rarely allows non-passengers close enough to the ship to catch streamers anyway. Throwing streamers down to the stevedores who just lost or damaged your suitcases doesn't quite make any sense.

Although most cruise lines have officially stopped bridge visits and tours, VIPs are still invited regularly. We just do not advertise it.

Handing loaded shotguns to passengers on a rolling deck just after they have consumed a few cocktails was never a good idea - and thankfully stopped.

Having friends and family onboard before sailaway is still a regular practice on many cruise lines. My ship was in Sydney 3 days ago and we had over 500 visitors onboard to see their friends off. Today though, local security in most ports requires advance registration for this sort of thing.

But yes, times certainly have changed:

Now you can stand on deck and telephone / text / Skype your family and friends around the world - with photos and video - as your ship visits or departs a distant port.
You can watch live television on a large screen in your cabin - in just about anyplace on earth.
You can watch your local junior college football team play live, with video streaming.
My ship loans you an iPod to use for the entire voyage - to take photos, videos, use as a telephone, read books, or use as a computer. Or you can video telephone anyone else on the ship from it - at no charge.
Feel like having French, Japanese, Italian, German, or Spanish food at dinner tonight? No problem.
Would you like to sample freshly brewed beer from a micro-brewery? We have one onboard.
Have you always wanted to learn how to make a soufflé? We teach you.
Have you ever wanted to visit a planetarium? We have a virtual one onboard.
Would you like to learn a new language, or a new computer program? No problem. You can start today. No charge.
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Yes indeed. LOTS of memories.
One of our favorite things to do, when in port, was to visit the other ships who happened to be there at the same time. They'd let you board, and wander around until time for them to sail. I often did that, instead of visiting the island. (Now I just stay aboard my own ship, more often than not.) Found a lot of ships that I later booked, simply because I enjoyed what I saw while visiting them in port.)

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Those are all some great memories of a past part of cruising....I do remember the skeet shooting off the back of the ship....Times have changed, but still a great vacation.
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Bruce, I was not suggesting these activities come back, just remenissing about days gone by. Things change for a reason, with circumstances, knowledge and time.

My very first cruise on the Celebration, in 1990, we were invited to sailaway on the bridge..not sure how we were selected but very interesting. Streamers were thrown,and I think not long after they stopped it, so I never got a chance to throw any...

Not sure if you can still walk off one ship and try to book another, leaving shortly...I was in line once, when a couple was doing just that.
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Yes indeed. LOTS of memories.
One of our favorite things to do, when in port, was to visit the other ships who happened to be there at the same time. They'd let you board, and wander around until time for them to sail. I often did that, instead of visiting the island. (Now I just stay aboard my own ship, more often than not.) Found a lot of ships that I later booked, simply because I enjoyed what I saw while visiting them in port.)

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Many people still do that today.
Before their cruise they visit a website like cruisett and get a list of all ships that will be with them in port. Then they (or their travel agent) contact the respective cruise lines and request permission to visit the vessel.
These requests are almost always approved.
You normally get a nice guided tour and can stay for lunch.
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Rob and I didn't start cruising until 1999 when our younger daughter was finishing college. I would have loved to to have "gotten in the cruising game a lot earlier" but paying college tuitions for two girls, was one of our main priorities. I have read about the romance of being on a ship, in the "good old days" when you could have family and friends go aboard and say "bon voyage". Unfortunately, the world has changed but I am so glad that security has increased tremendously aboard ships.
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