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It's beginning to look like there will be limited cruising opportunities until the Autumn, and withdrawal symptoms have already kicked in. After all you can only watch so many box sets and have so many walks around the park. So I've been into the loft and dug out my boxes of old 8mm video tapes and started the mammoth task of digitising them.


We got our first video camera in 1989 and ever since then we've recorded our cruise experiences from 8mm to 4K. During this time period without cruises we love to have a glass of wine and revive our past cruise memories. I realised that my videos were too long and had random music, so I've re-edited them to focus on the ship and destinations and make them more watchable – hopefully!


I've posted a few videos on YouTube and I've also included two of our first cruises - one in 1989 on Sovereign of the Seas to the Caribbean, and another in 1990 on Cunard Princess to the Black Sea, as well as our most recent cruises on Queen Victoria to Spain and Portugal, and Queen Mary 2 to Norway 2019.


Our Sovereign of the Seas cabin was inside with bunk beds. The cabin was almost the size of the walk-in wardrobe on later cruises. Sovereign of the Seas in 1989 was the largest cruise ship in the world! Everyone dressed up and even danced under the stars in tuxedos and long dresses in the Caribbean!! How things have changed.


At that time there were very few ships sailing from the UK and prices were expensive. So we were thrilled to see offers from Royal Caribbean which included free flights and pre-cruise hotels as well as post-cruise day-rooms and transfers, all at a cost which was much less than UK departure cruises. They were trying to break into the UK market. So it enabled us to have a Caribbean cruise combined with our first experience of Florida and its theme parks and beaches. What fantastic memories.

All the ships in the Sovereign of the Seas video are now gone, - Norway, Nordic Prince, Carib 1, Dawn Princess, Noordam, Holiday and especially sadly, Sovereign of the Seas last year.

So I hope you enjoy or at least like some of them until we can get back on board again to make new memories.


Sovereign of the Seas 1989 -





Cunard Princess 1990 -





Queen Victoria 2019 -





Queen Mary 2 2019 -




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Thanks for sharing your videos with us.  The Queen Victoria video would not play; it says its unavailable.  The other videos played fine;  it was nice looking at cruise ships no matter how old they are.  Cheers

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Hi AF-1 


Thanks for watching. It's not as good as the real thing, but it's all we can do at present until better times are here again.


Sorry the Queen Victoria didn't play. Not sure why because it works here in the UK.


Here is the link, try this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbKb6bS3XBU&t=9s



Or if that doesn't work here is the link to the You Tube site -




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First Boarded Sovereign in 1988 Cruise #016. Ours was a tiny Port Hole Deck 2 Cabin that cost $3800 for 2 of us on a 7niter. This more then what I paid on my last B2B 10 & 11n Balcony/Aft Serenade Cabin 16 months ago. Though Discounts now help. Of Course didn't have a choice besides cost, Sovereign didn't have Balcony's then. Bed was made from 2 Couchs that were L shaded during day, made into bed at nite. Lot of work for Cabin Attendant who'd clean my Cabin 8-10 times a day, every time I stepped out. But back then they had only 8 Cabins each. Enjoyed looking down on all the tiny NCL, Carnival and Princess "Love Boat" sized ships. Best was hitting Golf Balls and Skeet Shooting off Open Deck. As said Sovereign, Largest Cruise Ship and Worlds first Mega-Cruise Ship 

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We paid £1800 for 2 for an inside cabin with bunk beds which equates to about $2800 at the 1989 conversion rate. But that included long haul flights on British Airways, airport and port transfers and a one night pre-cruise stay at the Blue Lagoon Hilton in Miami, as well as a day-room at the Omni, Miami before our return flight home. So you can imagine how excited we were to bag such a bargain.  Those were the days!

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