Originally posted by Raoul Fiebig:
But then IMHO this was not a main reason for Premier's demise. The charter of "The Big Red Boat II" was a technical nightmare and mismanagement (anybody remember the "Seven-Star Service" joke?) was a major factor, as well.
Raoul, I agree completely. I remember the frequent breakdowns of BRB II during summer 2000 -- plus the time she snagged a telecommunications cable off the coast of Rhode Island. And all those incarnations to combat the competition -- first Warner Brothers, then a focus on the classic ships, then back to family-oriented cruises (from one BRB to three), and then the "Seven Star Service" debacle.
Soon after Premier met its demise in late 2000, I wrote an article for the online SeaLetter Cruise Magazine (now owned by CruiseReviews.com) that detailed its history, ships, and crew. Of all the articles I have ever written, this generated the greatest number of e-mail responses -- and all were positive. Five years later, I am still getting e-mails. It's nice to hear that so many had such wonderful memories.
We sailed on the Big Red Boat as well stopping at Nassau and Freeport. We also spent one day on a small cay. Do you remember doing this as well and if so do you remember the name of it?
Originally posted by Sandy:
17, I sailed on 2 Big Red Boat cruises with my family when my kids were young. They used to have Disney characters onboard, but Disney terminated their contract with that cruise line when they started anticipating building their own Disney ships. It was then that the Big Red Boats started having Looney Tunes characters onboard instead of the departed Disney.
We had a great time on both cruises. Great kids' programs, the best on a cruise ship at that time.
My first cruise was on the Starship Majestic, a 4 day cruise from Tampa to Cozumel. The ship seemed so large at the time, and the Loony Toon Characters were loads of fun. We all got our photos taken with the captain on captain's night, try that on the larger ships. That cruise opened up the wonderful world of cruising to us and I'll always have great memories of her. I am thrilled she is still in use in Spain and not broken up.
Which of the Big Red boats was docked in Freeport since 2000? I believe one of the locals told me that there were 2 of them, but during one of the hurricanes one floated out towards sea, but they were able to get her back to port. I have a picture but not sure how to upload it of her sitting in dock in Freeport in 2003 and 2004.
I know this is my first post here but I was doing a google search for BRB and found this thread. My wife and I's first cruise ever was August 2000 on the Big Red Boat 1 from Pt. Canaveral to Nassau, Blue Lagoon and then we were supposed to have a sea day but had to port in Freeport instead. We had a lovely time and it got us hooked on cruising. I was sad to find out that Premire went out of business no less than a month later. To this day I cherish the memory of laying in a hamock in the shade at Blue Lagoon, swaying in the breeze listening to the ocean with my wife. That is one of my happy places. Anyway, thanks for the memories!