Does anyone else remember when you boarded the ship - you were asked Sun or Shade and given a number for your "OWN" lounge chair. Thinking back, why did they ever change? Also, they would have a towel waiting for you on the chair. No getting up early to get a chair and no worry about someone taking it when you get up to get something to eat or drink. Of course the ships were much smaller then and that is probably the reason they stopped this practice.
That practice is left over from the Trans Atlantic Liner voyages when deck chairs were assigned, hence the sun or shade designation. Since the ship was either travelling from East to West or vice versa it was easy to predict the sunny or shady side for deck chair assignments
I'm the one who made mention to that in under the robes thread.....I was referring to at that time, the Oceanic. Which I'm sure nobody remembers....and by the way, it wasn't a small ship. It was big and it couldn't even dock in Burmuda because of it's size. Also was an all Italian cruise line. Was very nice...and they did pamper you.
I remember the Oceanic very well. We sailed her several times from New York in the winter. She would be considered small by today's standards, as she was only in the 30,000 ton range (38,000 tons, I believe) smaller than the Empress of the Seas.
They had a deck steward, who would set up your wooden chaise lounge, put a cushion on it and give you a towel. I remember it costing $5.00, but we never had to worry about finding a deck chair. I believe that the $5.00 was a gratuitiy for the deck steward.
We sailed the Oceanic on one of her 16-night Gala Carribean cruises in January of 1979, and they had 101 items on the breakfast menu in the dining room. My husband actually counted them one morning. Imagine that today!
They also did a lot of table side preparation at dinner time
Those were the glorious days of cruising, when we dressed up every night and felt like royalty for a few weeks.
I fondly remember Home Lines and also Sitmar Cruises.
I feel very nostalgic right now, thinking of the "good old days", when cruising was in it's infancy.
Its a shame that so many of the special things in life eventually dissappear due to economics, tastes etc. I remember (and still have) booklets that were left in your stateroom toward the end of your cruise that had a complete listing of every passenger on board and their home towns. I remember ashtrays in every room with the cruise line logo, as well as matches. Also, each stateroom had decks of playing cards provided.
Actually, back in the day, the line's name/logo were even on the blankets and bath towls. And yes, dining was an event. I don't think I ever had a meal presented to me that had a vegitable on it. The waiter hand served those out of serving trays that he carried from the kitchen. Boy, how things have changed!
just curious, how much did you pay for that type of cruise and how much it would be in today's dollars ?
In most everything in life, the good old days, were not always as good as people tend to remember and I wonder if the cruise lines brought back some of these practices, if given a choice would passengers pay exttra for them. I'm not that old but started cruising in the late 70's and remember when they posted everyone's name and the town and state they came from and it was exciting to see if anyone else from your state was onboard. Now it would probably be a violation of privacy rights and a home land security concern (which I suspect goes back to the early 80's when the terrorist captured that cruise ship in Europe and killed that poor man in a wheelechair partially because of his religion)
Jusy pulled out my copy of the ticket for Fairsea (Sitmar) on Feb.16,1977 sailing from LA to Mex.with outside room.The cost was $745 plus taxof $6 for a total of $751.Would have to say this is very comparable to current pricing and on that cruise a special appetizer was prepared at your table each nite along with a special dessert each and every nite.Also upon entering our room ther was a formal placement card with the following :Welcome back! we are pleased to have you sailing with us again.On behalf of the ship,sofficers and crew,we wish you bon appetit!We startedv cruising on Sitmar in 1973 sailing to Alaska on the Fairwind for a 10 day cruise out of San Fran.Also sailed on the fairskyYou may recall that Princess took over this lineToo bad!We started cruising in Miami in the late 50,s to nassau 3 and 4 days on the weekend and now have done some 30 plus arround the world.Did a 14 day cruise on the old Neiw Amsterdam just prior to retiring this ship.Music in the loft wile you dined and dressed every nite in formal or suit.This was cruising at its finest and will provide us with lasting memories.We are still in contact with our table mates from 1973.Personally I will take this over anything out there today however I do understand the change to a more casual atmosphere however not any less ezpensive today with all the extra charges and more are coming.Drinks were less than $2 and foreign beer was.50.Tipping was at your discretion for good service and was a very pleasant experience at the last nite of the cruise.The pool chairs is another soap box.
I was on the Doric (sister to the Oceanic) to Bermuda in 1978. I remember paying about $600 for the cruise. We were a group of 4 girls in our early 20's at the time. The ship was small compared to todays ships. I remember also tripping over the raised doorways between sections of the ship. Every night was formal and they served you everything separately. Those flaming baked alaska's that the waiters walked around with raised high over their heads were a sight. Wow does this bring back memories.....mostly of the Italian crew 8~)
And, does anybody remember the S.S. Brittanis? When I sailed her in I believe 1988, she was at the time the oldest passanger sailing ship, but oh so nice. Her outside appearance wasn't to grand, but inside the ship we were treated like the Kings and Queens who lived in this Royal Castle. It was an all Greek crew. Foods prepared tableside, and boy it was delicious! That was my first cruise ever taken. The experiance was fabulous. I still love cruising on todays Megga ships. The Brittanis now lays to rest on the bottom of the ocean.
The Britanis was built in 1932 and sailed for Chandris Line. I never sailed the Britanis but was on the Galileo, who later became the Meridian of Celebrity Cruises.
Prior to "Plate Service" in the dining room. which all ships seem to have now, they had "French Service". The waiter served from individual silver trays, as mentioned above, and if you wanted to have seconds he didn't have to bring you a complete dinner again.
The welcome onboard buffet was sparse though in those days. They often only had some finger sandwiches, nothing as elaborate as today. The first time we ever experienced a large assortment of food on embarkation day was on the former Volendam of Holland America in 1978. Holland America may have originated the big Lido deck breakfast and lunch, I think.
Adjusting for inflation, $745 in 1977 is over $2400 today, using the consumer price index. So was you cruise in 1977 as cheap as today? Not even close. Now you might get that service if you bought a luxery cruise today for $2400, but you can't really expect it for the $845 a balcony cabin will run you today on a 7-dayer. (which, BTW, is about $260 in 1977 $'s).