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    joined Jun 2010
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    cruiser #1690
    Greetings!

    Hi! I'm the old SkyMaster! The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I are regular cruisers, who have been cruising since the '70's. We've done something over 120 cruises total,,,mostly in the Caribbean, and with most of the mainstream lines of today, and also with many lines, and ships that are long gone. Needless to say, we seldom leave the ship anymore, but NEVER tire of cruising. The ship is the destination for us. A BIG thank you goes out to CruiseFish for the service you provide. "SKY"
    relaxing with Ernie
    Quebec, QC, Canada
    joined Apr 2010
    post 17/625
    cruiser #3
    Re: Greetings!

    Hello SkyMaster, Could you tell us what has most changed in cruising from when you started in the 70'? Ships have gotten better (or have they?). How about the passengers? The general atmosphere? Thanks,

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    canton, United States
    joined Aug 2010
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    cruiser #3505
    Re: Greetings!

    On August 17, 2010 at 08:27 AM, titus wrote:

    Hello SkyMaster,

    Could you tell us what has most changed in cruising from when you started in the 70'? Ships have gotten better (or have they?). How about the passengers? The general atmosphere?

    Thanks,

    Hello :-) new here also. Heard about this site on cruise critic and thought I would check it out. Been on 4 different cruise lines Norwegian (once), RCCL (many times) Holland america (once) carnival (many times ) and a line 30 years ago for my senior trip that I can't remember name of! What has improved? Heck I remember filling out PAPER forms with little pencils for shore excursions! What a nightmare. You hoped they still had openings and that you would get a ticket and also your traveling companions. Oh and they would not disembark people unless EVERYONE settled their onboard accounts. What has gotten worse? I remember all drinks(non-alcoholic) including coke, was free at dinner. I am also sick of EVERYTHING BEING EXTRA..like ice cream and coffees and dinner venues etc. I just think it has gotten out of control. It used to be so nice. EVERYTHING but alcohol and shore ex and tips were included. Oh well I will still cruise
    joined Sep 2010
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    cruiser #3804
    Re: Greetings!

    new to this site too... over 20 cruises so far ... first was on Home Lines 1980. I still remember we had a "deck boy" assigned to us who would put out our deck chairs in the area we pre-arranged the first day, whenever he saw us come on deck to sit. No getting up early to save deck chairs or getting up late to find towels and books on all the "saved" chairs...
    melbourne, Australia
    joined Oct 2010
    post 5/6
    cruiser #4117
    Re: Greetings!

    I first cruised in June/July 1965 on the Shaw Saville ship Southern Cross from London to New Zealand via Panama Canal- the first thing that comes to mind is that we had no en-suite or private bathroom- and even though it was considered quite a 'posh' ship, dining room photos show how nice it was with beautiful menus and tables and me wearing very formal cocktail dress- our room had only bunks (for my parents, my brother and myself) and a communal bathroom I had the time of my life!!!