My first cruise was on the SS Empress of France in 1957. It wasn't really a cruise as we emigrated To Canada from Liverpool England. I have no idea of the cost as I was only 10 years old. I was in an cabin with my mother and 6 year old brother. I remember the cabin was at water level and it had a very small port hole. The porthole cover was closed for the majority of the cruise due to extremely high seas as we crossed the Atlantic. It actually took two extra days to reach Quebec City due to the rough seas. The ship was nicknamed the "drunken empress" for good reason it rocked and rolled almost as soon as we left port until we reached the Saint Lawrence River. I remember that there were no lines for anything .... everyone was sick. I was young enough to really enjoy myself and had no fears ...lol.