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Old 09-06-2009, 05:17 PM
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My first cruise was on the QM from the UK to NYC in the 50's - we had flown from the US over on a PanAm Stratocruiser,my second cruise was on the Homeric from NYC to Bermuda in the early 60's.
My dad had extensive foreign business interests. Both my parents cruised extensively as did my grandparents. My greatgreatgrandmother was a Captain's wife and she accompanied my greatgreatgrandfather at sea for many years on the clippers in the days of the china tea trade. Family records indicate nautical involvement since the 1850's!!


I love islands and the sea - unfortunately I got quite impossibly seasick on a small Destroyer Escort (USS Coates,#685)in the North Atlantic as a ROTC Midshipman sending me into the USAF for a career!( I beat the draft- I enlisted for OTS!)

I have cruised extensively over the years on many ships, many of which are now cruising among the stars. Of Ports, Bermuda is a long time favorite and I visit there every third or fourth year! The longest time between cruises since the 2nd cruise occurred while I was in the USAF and it was 13 months!

My S.O. was a Scottish Lassie from Dundee, Scotland related to Samuel Cunard and from a family of shipwrights and explorers. Her greatgrandfather was with Capt. Scott aboard the Discovery in the 1901 expedition to the South Pole. She passed away from lung cancer this past April! We met on a cruise, she was a USAF Widow - she immigrated to the US on the QM in 1948 - we started off with the USAF and the QM in common!! Our last cruise was last October to Bermuda aboard the NCL Dawn.It was a perfect cruise!!!!

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Old 09-07-2009, 03:17 AM
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BillyBuzzy,
First, I am truly sorry to hear about your S.O.
My heart goes out to you. What very interesting families on both sides. You have lived a very colorful life. I appreciate you sharing. Don't ever stop going to Bermuda. I will toast one for you both at the Swizzle Inn.
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:41 PM
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Absolutely fascinating, billybuzzy. I, too, am so very sorry that your S.O. lost her battle. I know she fought bravely. I also know, she loved cruising. The godmother of the Royal Princess has lived on board for many years. Her hubby passed quite some time ago. On our Christmas/New Year's cruise, she had them set up two drinks in one of the lounges, at the sofa. We knew they were for her. She toasts her husband every year for holidays and special occasions that way. She doesn't drink the drinks, just orders them and has them placed in her favorite spot. I think that's why she lives on board, it brings back the great memories. It's where she is truly at home. I, too, hope we get to cruise with you, soon!
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:02 PM
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janfred and penny - One thing she specifically requested at the end was that I keep to our cruise plans ..... I am fulfilling that promise!! ,

We shall all , in due time , be shipmates!!! And.. Thank you for your kind thoughts!!!

Bon Voyages!!!

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Old 09-09-2009, 05:34 PM
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I would really love to meet you and Penney and a few others as well...what great fun !! Maybe some day
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