Simon this is a top photo. Excellent stuff & thanks for showing us what daft antics we used to get up to.. as for smoking the pipe aloft on tankers...well, I never got around to that!
P&O´s "Aurora" sailed from here this evening . What a show.... Even the security guys checking the err, older passengers ,carried handcuffs & had safety jackets & gloves on ... fer crikeys sake it´s 25C here...
At stations, all the crew are "hidden " behind enclosed mooring decks and they seem to be invisible ; probably how the company want it to be.....
I listened to the announcement over the ships tannoy system welcoming the inmates back "HOME" after their busy day shopping in Las Palmas ...and then heard the reminder that the next port was to be Tenerife in the morning. ( Slow steaming overnight to arrive after breakfast ).
This is cruising made easy and I guess thats what the masses want. Think I am turning into a real old cynic !!(Smoke)
I have not had any reason to board one of the modern cruise liners even looking at them 'turns me off' however there are a few 'old timers' still cruiseing (ships that is!) so I will get a berth on one of those!!
We have expensive holiday resorts here in Queensland that would rival any of the modern cruise liners for shops entertainment & vista & no queuing!!
I will just nostalgically remember the pre-digital days as I also have become cynical in my later years!
Always liked these photos when I first saw them, great to see them come up again, they really capture the easy going way of life back in those days on the Liners, knew plenty of guys who did one or several trips on Deck on the 0 boats and always heard good things about them. Posing? why not, lol.