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18 hours ago, Catnip said:

What year did you start cruising?  My first cruise was in 11/81 on one of the old Princess ships, maybe the Sky Princess?  Can't really remember.   But my 1st RCCL cruise was in either '82-83 on SoN.  I was hooked after that.

 

First cruise was on Rotterdam V in July, 1970.  An 11 day Caribbean itinerary from New York when our first port was Bermuda during a rainy day.  The ship had to anchor in the Great Sound and use the Bermuda provided tender to get to Hamilton.  Very little cover and my first shore excursion found me very wet!  (But, it was a "warm rain". 😄   My traveling companion and I quickly dried.)

 

18 hours ago, Catnip said:

I was never on the ones that had the outside staircase to the VCL.

 

My memory of the Viking Crown Lounge on Nordic Prince was there was an outside staircase in order to get to the Lounge.  If there was an elevator, I was unaware.  I remember the Lounge being very warm; uncomfortably enough that we only made one visit.  Great place for sightseeing, though!

 

I have good memories of the Nordic Prince.  A couple who were tablemates became friends and we did a shore trip with them and kept in touch with them for many, many years.  

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6 hours ago, rkacruiser said:

 

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My memory of the Viking Crown Lounge on Nordic Prince was there was an outside staircase in order to get to the Lounge.  If there was an elevator, I was unaware.  I remember the Lounge being very warm; uncomfortably enough that we only made one visit.  Great place for sightseeing, though!

I don't remember the outside stairs on NP.   Now I'm racking my brain thinking about it.  Maybe there was an outside staircase as well as inside stairs?  Or maybe I don't remember right. 
Was NP older/newer than SoN?

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18 hours ago, Catnip said:

I don't remember the outside stairs on NP.   Now I'm racking my brain thinking about it.  Maybe there was an outside staircase as well as inside stairs?  Or maybe I don't remember right. 
Was NP older/newer than SoN?

When I was working on the Nordic Prince, the only way up to the Viking Crown lounge was via the outside steps.  Spent many hours helping passengers into the lounge.   Always had a great time with that.

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1 hour ago, springfire said:

When I was working on the Nordic Prince, the only way up to the Viking Crown lounge was via the outside steps.  Spent many hours helping passengers into the lounge.   Always had a great time with that.

I have no memory of that outside staircase!  😂   I know I was up there, though! 
I met a waiter in the MDR on our Bermuda cruise in '85 and we kept in touch.  He was from Paris and I ended up flying over to see him on his vacation home in Sept and spent 10 days!  It was marvelous.  Ooh, la la!   😄    Then he came and visited with me for a few days on his way back to the ship.  Sad to say, we lost touch after that.  But that was the happiest cruise memory!

 

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21 hours ago, Catnip said:

Was NP older/newer than SoN?

 

If I correctly remember the sequence of those new builds for Royal Caribbean, it was Song of Norway first, then Nordic Prince, followed by Sun Viking.  Song of Norway and Nordic Prince got "stretched", but Sun Viking was not.  Her 14 day itinerary appealed to me for as long as it was available.  Just could not afford the $$ nor the time then.  

 

Song of America was an evolution of the design of the previous three ships.  And, I think, was quite successful.  President and Mrs. Carter had something to do with the ship.  Maybe, when she was named?  I am fairly sure that they were guests on one cruise.  

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2 hours ago, springfire said:

When I was working on the Nordic Prince, the only way up to the Viking Crown lounge was via the outside steps

 

My memory has not yet failed!  😄  At least in some areas.  

 

Do you recall anything about the temperature in the Viking Crown Lounge?  My traveling companion and I thought because the lounge was wrapped around the funnel there was insufficient insulation to keep the lounge from being too warm.  At least, during our Caribbean cruise. 

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28 minutes ago, rkacruiser said:

 

My memory has not yet failed!  😄  At least in some areas.  

 

Do you recall anything about the temperature in the Viking Crown Lounge?  My traveling companion and I thought because the lounge was wrapped around the funnel there was insufficient insulation to keep the lounge from being too warm.  At least, during our Caribbean cruise.   

The Viking Crown Lounge on the Nordic Prince was more like a half a circle back than.  Like you said, the lounge could get very warm sometimes,  particularly when things got busy.   The narrow stairs always made for an adventure for those going up and down with drinks.  The Nordic Prince seemed so big back in the day but even after she lengthened, she was so small compared to ships of today.

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1 hour ago, Catnip said:

I have no memory of that outside staircase!  😂   I know I was up there, though! 
I met a waiter in the MDR on our Bermuda cruise in '85 and we kept in touch.  He was from Paris and I ended up flying over to see him on his vacation home in Sept and spent 10 days!  It was marvelous.  Ooh, la la!   😄    Then he came and visited with me for a few days on his way back to the ship.  Sad to say, we lost touch after that.  But that was the happiest cruise memory!

 

What a beautiful memory!

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54 minutes ago, rkacruiser said:

 

If I correctly remember the sequence of those new builds for Royal Caribbean, it was Song of Norway first, then Nordic Prince, followed by Sun Viking.  Song of Norway and Nordic Prince got "stretched", but Sun Viking was not.  Her 14 day itinerary appealed to me for as long as it was available.  Just could not afford the $$ nor the time then.  

 

Song of America was an evolution of the design of the previous three ships.  And, I think, was quite successful.  President and Mrs. Carter had something to do with the ship.  Maybe, when she was named?  I am fairly sure that they were guests on one cruise.  

Your memory is quite good.   I believe the Carters did help launch the  Sovereign of the Seas.

I think that  Rosalyn Carter is also the ships godmother. I don't remember the Carters with Nordic Prince but that doesn't mean it didn't happen 🤔

 

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I don't remember the temp of the VCL.  Was that back when they used to have evening games & activities up there?
What ship was the first to have a "complete circle" for the VCL?

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13 minutes ago, Catnip said:

What ship was the first to have a "complete circle" for the VCL?

 

I believe it was Song of America.  I know someone will correct me if I am wrong.  I do know the Sovereign class ships also had the complete circle but I still believe the first was Song of America. 

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I loved SoA!    At first SoN was my favorite ship, but I think SoA was.  But SoN will always have a special place in my heart, as it was the 1st RCCL ship I sailed on, probably back in "82-83. 

And later on, I loved Splendour of the Seas.

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18 hours ago, Catnip said:

What ship was the first to have a "complete circle" for the VCL?

 

17 hours ago, springfire said:

I believe it was Song of America

 

I agree.  I am sure it was Song of America.  She was the bridge between the design of the first 3 RCCL ships and the Sovereign Class ships.  

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18 hours ago, springfire said:

Your memory is quite good.   I believe the Carters did help launch the  Sovereign of the Seas.

I think that  Rosalyn Carter is also the ships godmother. I don't remember the Carters with Nordic Prince but that doesn't mean it didn't happen 🤔

 

 

You are correct.  Mrs. Carter was the Godmother of Sovereign of the Seas.  I don't associate her with Nordic Prince at all.  

 

But, I am fairly certain that the former President and she sailed as guests on a Royal Caribbean cruise.  I remember it was Song of America.  But, I have been unable to confirm my memory.  

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