SINCE 1972

I was a young Second Lieutenant stationed in Alaska and my wife wanted to do something special when I came home on leave, so she visited a local travel agent and booked us for a Caribbean Cruise!  It started a tradition that has continued ever since.

Our very first cruise was aboard RCCL Song of Norway in 1972.  She carried 600 passengers and we thought the cruise was wonderful! In St. Thomas we sailed on the Kon-Tiki, the famous party boat! Dining in those days was all in the dining room, every meal.  We still remember our wonderful waiter, David from England, and our table companions.
Then in 1974 we flew over to Hawaii, and cruised back. The Matson Mariposa was the pride of the fleet.  We had a wonderful cruise on her.
In 1976 we boarded Chandris Lines Amerikanis for a Southern Caribbean Cruise.  The itinerary was very new then. The Amerikanis was very Greek, and it was hard to get a steak and apple pie, but we loved the dolmades and baklava!
In 1977 we returned to the Song of Norway.  We liked her so well we cruised with our next door neighbors this time. In the Dominican Republic we saw a folkloric show.  Renée danced the merengue with Luis, the fire-eater!
Butchart Gardens
We took HAL's Veendam to Alaska in 1978.  This is a breath-taking cruise.  Margerie Glacier is probably one of the most-photographed things in the world. After disembarking in Vancouver we had time to visit Butchart Gardens in Victoria.
River Rafting
In 1982 we went back to RCCL, this time on Sun Viking to the Western Caribbean.  In Jamaica we floated down the river in these handmade bamboo rafts!  Quite an experience.
Meet the Captain
In 1984, for our daughter Andréa's first cruise, we chose to go steamboatin' aboard the Mississippi Queen. Andréa loved getting hugged by the Captain! They had a wonderful children's program.  Andréa learned to play the giant steam calliope.
Then in 1986 we traveled with Andréa and her great aunts to Alaska again, this time on HAL's Rotterdam. At Mendenhall Glacier, l to r are Aunt Ruth, Andréa, Renée, and Mike, with our great cabbie Bob in front. The Totem Heritage center in Ketchikan is awesome. Andréa wanted to be on the totem!

After this, as real life began to intrude on us, including having a daughter in college, we had a break from cruising until 1995!
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