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When was your first cruise and what ship was it on?

BruinSteve

Well-Known Member
#23
...and mine was in March 1989 on the Premier Big Red Boat Atlantic...
A Disney/Cruise package...

...or do we count the "Motor Boat Cruise" and the "Jungle Cruise" at Disneyland circa 1958???
 
#25
Our first cruise was on the Carnival Fantasy in April of 2005. Was a family gift....and wow...were we hooked. Did a 3 Day to Nassau. Enjoyed one of no more to be seen midnite Buffets. Headed on our 6th Carnival in about 29 days on the Freedom.
 

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
#26
My first cruise was aboard Carnival's Holiday in July 1985. Eastern Caribbean cruise to St.Maarten, St. Thomas, and Nassau. That hooked me!!!
 

juvsu

Active Member
#27
Carnival Imagination March of 1998. It was the western Caribbean for our 20th Anniversary. Silly me... I thought I'd take a cruise and then I could say I'd done that and move on to the next adventure. I never thought cruising would become such a big part of my life.

Susan
 

chudybudy

Active Member
#28
Mary Ann,
I was not going to reply to this thread till I saw your post. My first was also aboard Matson Line's grand old SS Lurline - San Francisco to Honolulu
Thanks for posting the picture.
Richard
 

Los Abuelos

Well-Known Member
#29
Our first cruise was the result of a last minute Christmas gift to my wife. We cruised Carnival Celebration from Galveston, TX to the Western Caribbean and we've cruised every year since!
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#30
Mary Ann,
I was not going to reply to this thread till I saw your post. My first was also aboard Matson Line's grand old SS Lurline - San Francisco to Honolulu
Thanks for posting the picture.
Richard
Richard,

How wonderful to see another Lurline kindred spirit! You might enjoy this video - brought back lots of memories to me...


YouTube - S.S. Lurline - Matson Liner sailing from Honolulu - from whiteships.com

There are several Lurline fans on Cruise @ddicts. Nice to know there's yet another one!

Mary Ann
 

JANPEP

Well-Known Member
Community Sponsor
#31
Our 1s cruise was in 1989 on the Carnival Celebrtion. My husband & I took our youngest daughter still at home & our grandaughter who is 4 years younger than our daughter. We were all hooked.
 

chudybudy

Active Member
#34
Mary Ann,
Thank so much for posting the video. I remember when it was wonderful to have a porthole! When waiters came to your dinning table with silver platters of hot steaming vegies and sides and just gave you as much as you wanted. Oh well...the good old days are gone for good. I just got off the Zuiderdam (review posted) not so good.:(
Richard
 

chudybudy

Active Member
#35
Mary Ann,
I jusy did a fast search and I posted a history of Matson in 8-27-2006. I was Halcruizer then. I think I have been around longer than that.
Richard:scratch:
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#36
Mary Ann,
Thank so much for posting the video. I remember when it was wonderful to have a porthole! When waiters came to your dinning table with silver platters of hot steaming vegies and sides and just gave you as much as you wanted. Oh well...the good old days are gone for good. I just got off the Zuiderdam (review posted) not so good.:(
Richard
Mary Ann,
I jusy did a fast search and I posted a history of Matson in 8-27-2006. I was Halcruizer then. I think I have been around longer than that.
Richard:scratch:
Richard - of course I recognize the name Halcruizer!!! I'll have to go read your Zuiderdam review. Sorry that it evidently wasn't the best of cruises.

Oh yes, I remember the good old days of fine service, silver platters - well, a few cruise lines still do that but it's sadly not the norm. Would you have a link to the history of Matson that you posted 8-27-2006. I would love to read it (I probably read it at the time because I gravitate to threads like that).

Have you read The White Ships - 1927-1978 by Duncan O'Brien? Also The White Ships .

Mary Ann
 

chudybudy

Active Member
#37
Mary Ann
I don't know how to post a link, so I went into the past by doing a search, it's here at C@, found it and did a copy-paste thing and here it is.
Richard:doubleup: It was some years ago Red asked for C@ers to post info on cruise lines. I think I did one or two others. I just love old age.:biggrin:

Halcruzer
Guest History of Matson Steamship Line
Matson's History

Matson Navigation Company's long association with Hawaii began in 1882, when Captain William Matson sailed his three-masted schooner Emma Claudina from San Francisco to Hilo, Hawaii, carrying 300 tons of food, plantation supplies and general merchandise. That voyage launched a company that has been involved in such diversified interests as oil exploration, hotels and tourism, military service during two world wars and even briefly, the airline business. Matson's primary interest throughout, however, has been carrying freight between the Pacific Coast and Hawaii.
In 1887, Captain Matson sold the Emma Claudina and acquired the brigantine Lurline, which more than doubled the former vessel's carrying capacity. As the Matson fleet expanded, new vessels introduced some dramatic maritime innovations. The bark Rhoderick Dhu was the first ship to have a cold storage plant and electric lights. The first Matson steamship, the Enterprise, was the first offshore ship in the Pacific to burn oil instead of coal.
Development of Tourism
Increased commerce brought a corresponding interest in Hawaii as a tourist attraction. The second Lurline, with accommodations for 51 passengers, joined the fleet in 1908. The 146-passenger ship S.S. Wilhelmina followed in 1910, rivaling the finest passenger ships serving the Atlantic routes. More steamships continued to join the fleet. When Captain Matson died in 1917 at 67, the Matson fleet comprised 14 of the largest, fastest and most modern ships in the Pacific passenger-freight service. When World War I broke out, most of the Matson fleet was requisitioned by the government as troopships and military cargo carriers. Other Matson vessels continued to serve Hawaii's needs throughout the war. After the war, Matson ships reverted to civilian duty and the steamers SSs Manulani and Manukai were added to the fleet - the largest freighters in the Pacific at that time.
The decade from the mid-20s to mid-30s marked a significant period of Matson expansion. In 1925, the Company established Matson Terminals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, to perform stevedoring and terminal services for its fleet. With increasing passenger traffic to Hawaii, Matson added the S.S. Malolo in 1927. The Malolo was the fastest ship in the Pacific, cruising at 22 knots. Its success led to the construction of the liners Mariposa, Monterey and Lurline between 1930 and 1932.

Wartime Service
Immediately after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the passenger liners Lurline, Matsonia, Mariposa and Monterey, and 33 Matson freighters were called to military service. The four passenger liners completed a wartime total of 119 voyages, covered 1 1/2 million miles and carried a total of 736,000 troops. The post-war period for Matson was somewhat difficult. The expense of restoration work proved to be very costly and necessitated the sale of the Mariposa and Monterey, still in wartime gray. In 1948, the Lurline returned to service after a $20 million reconversion. Two new Matson hotels were built on Waikiki in the 1950s, the SurfRider in 1951 and the Princess Kaiulani in 1955. In 1955, Matson undertook a $60 million shipbuilding program which produced the South Pacific liners Mariposa and Monterey, and the rebuilt wartime Monterey was renamed Matsonia and entered the Pacific Coast - Hawaii service.

Introducing Containerization in the Pacific
In 1956, a research department was established and its first major assignment was to develop the most modern, efficient and economical means of transporting cargo to and from Hawaii. The result was Matson's freight containerization program, which revolutionized Pacific cargo carrying. In 1958, Matson’s S.S. Hawaiian Merchant departed San Francisco Bay carrying 20 containers on deck, inaugurating containerization in the Pacific. When the Hawaiian Citizen entered service in April 1960, with a capacity for 436 24-foot containers, it was the first all-container carrier in the Pacific service. The fleet improvement program continued, with Matson freighters converted to combination container and bulk sugar or to container and automobile carriers.
With the focus on containerization growing, Matson divested itself of all non-shipping assets, including its Waikiki hotels, which were sold to the Sheraton Corporation in 1959.
A major ship construction program was undertaken in the late 1960s. When the S.S. Hawaiian Enterprise (later named Manukai) entered service in March 1970, it carried a record load of 1,165 containers and clipped more than a day from the regular 5 1/2 day run from the mainland to Hawaii. Also in 1970, in line with the decision to concentrate on its Pacific Coast-Hawaii freight service, Matson sold its passenger vessels and suspended its Far East service.
In 1969, Matson became a wholly owned subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., strengthening the business ties that formally date back to 1908, when A&B invested $200,000 to acquire a minority interest in Captain Matson’s company.

Building a Service Designed to Meet a Growing Hawaii Economy
With the focus sharpened, Matson concentrated its efforts on developing a fleet of the finest containerships in the Pacific Coast - Hawaii service and on modernizing and otherwise improving terminal operations. This effort resulted in the construction of the containerships Manulani, Manukai, Maui, Kauai, and the ro-ro vessels Lurline and Matsonia. In 1985, two unique container barges, the Haleakala and Mauna Loa, were introduced to Matson's Neighbor Island fleet. In 1991, the ro-ro Neighbor Island barge, Waialeale, was constructed and added to Matson's Neighbor Island Service and in 1992, the diesel-powered containership MV R. J. Pfeiffer was added to the fleet.
Equally important, Matson focused on developing an industry-leading Customer Support Center in the 1990s, providing customers with “one call does it all†customer service. That effort resulted in the creation of a Customer Support Center in Phoenix in 1995. The philosophy behind centralized customer service was extended to the Internet in subsequent years, allowing customers to have the same “ease of use†in doing business with Matson online as they had with dedicated customer service teams.
In February 1996, Matson and APL inaugurated a 10-year alliance agreement which allowed both carriers to cost effectively serve their respective markets; for Matson, this involved the domestic trade of Guam - Micronesia and for APL, international ports in the Far East. The most prominent aspect of the agreement for Matson involved the purchase of six APL container ships and certain APL-owned assets in Guam for $164 million. The agreement was revised in January 1998; for Matson, the primary benefit of the revised agreement involved the establishment of a direct service from the U.S. Mainland to Guam, reducing transit time from 13 to 10 days.
Two new diesel-powered containerships, MVs Manukai and Maunawili, were introduced to the fleet in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Diversification
In 1987, Matson formed Matson Intermodal System, Inc. as an intermodal marketing company (IMC) arranging North American rail and truck transportation for shippers and carriers. The company grew steadily through the ‘90s and gained industry recognition as one of the nation’s leading IMCs. In 2003, the company was renamed Matson Integrated Logistics in recognition of its continued growth and expanded service offerings.
In 1999, Matson and Stevedoring Services of America, Inc. (SSA) appointed SSA Terminals as the manager of terminal and stevedore operations at Matson Terminals, Inc.'s facilities on the West Coast. MTI continues to operate Matson's container stevedoring and terminal services in Honolulu.
In 2000, Matson Terminals, Inc. in Honolulu commenced with a $36 million terminal improvement project, which involved converting the facility to a wheeled facility and adding new computer technology, such as Digital Global Positioning Systems (DGPS), to improve overall operating efficiencies.

So there you have it....enjoy

Richard:wave
 
#38
It was in April 2004, on Carnival Spirit from Ensenada to Hawaii. I saw it advertised in a TravelZoo email and it was advertised as $999 pp for 12 night cruise plus RT airfare from NYC. The first 5 days were spent sailing from Ensenada so I was rested and relaxed by the time we arrived in Hawaii. It was such an adventure for us.. first cruise and first time in Hawaii. We had a wonderful time and loved the ship and crew. Of course, Hawaii was incredible. We rented a car on each island and drove all day and saw everything we could. It's hard to compare that first cruise to anything else because it was so perfect.
 

GloBug

Senior Flea Coller Tester
#39
Our first cruise was on the Monarch of the Seas in 2004, one of their 4 day cruises. We wanted to see if we would enjoy cruising. We drove down to LA, and on the way back, DH said, "Next time, let's cruise out of San Francisco." Yahoo!
 

TexasSue

Well-Known Member
#40
April 1997 on Seabreeze (may she rest in peace at the bottom of the sea) Dolphin Cruise Line. Then she was doing alternating itineraries and when we got off so wanted to get on the for next week but figured we'd get fired if we didn't show up for work the next week. Don't know if it's just fond memories or if the food was really that good but at 24 cruises still think it was the best. I remember coming home and my brother asked what I thought about the staircase in the atrium and I had no idea what he was talking about (until we sailed Carnival Sensation the next year) as Seabreeze didn't have one.

Just completed cruise no. 24 this month and have 3 more booked. Love it.

Susan