Following on from the welcome thread CruiseJunki , who has been on a cruise?
When my dad was appointed naval attaché in Buenos Aires back in 1974, he managed to wangle it for us to cruise from Genoa to BA on the Eugenio C of the Costa Line. The two week cruise took us to Bacelona, Gibraltar, Madeira, Rio, Montevideo and finally BA. I'll never forget the band playing in Genoa as we slipped away, not to mention the boom of the ship's horn that sent a shiver down my spine and a moment I will never forget. On arriving in the River Plate we all found it a little disconcerting to see mud being brought up by the ships propellers and finally when we came alongside, the sight of my father in full uniform greeting the Argentine navy officials as they came aboard to welcome us.
Two years later, when my dad's mission had ended, I asked my parents if my sister and me could sail back to England as they were flying back with my brother on British Caledonian. They agreed and we boarded the Brasilia Star in November 1976 in slightly less opulence than we had enjoyed two years earlier.
This was definitely more exciting than a cruise ship and we spent a month enjoying the company of the crew, the drunken captain, a Polish princess, an English teacher who took a fancy to me (I was 18, she was 30 odd), calling at Montevideo, Santos, Madeira, Rotterdam and finally Southampton.
The Bay of Biscay was challenging as heavy swell was coming from the west, which required us to eat our meals lying on the floor. I remember one occasion when the captain was saved from being thrown overboard by the electrical officer on the bridge, after a huge wave hit us broadside. They also made a makeshift swimming pool on the deck, served mountains of British food and bar was open practically 24/7.
An unforgettable trip in every respect.