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Some of the rooms changed through the '80s with different décor, and later under the banner of Admiral Cruises, but most of the ship stayed the same until she left US waters. I can only assume she did not change much up until her very end.
At the time, EMERALD SEAS seemed quite light and modern on board, compared to the other classic ships in service. She had been the most modified over the years, being completely rebuilt in 1970 as ATLANTIS. It all seems dated to our eyes now, but she was competing with the likes of the new RCCL and NCL ships and did quite well for a one-ship operation.
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She was an amazing conversion and compared to most major rebuilds-this one improved the ship's original appearance. It's interesting to compare the exterior design of this ship from the time she was 1st built, her APL refit and her extensive Chandris rebuilding.
quote:Originally posted by Grant:Back in the "old days" of cruising, all you had to do was change cruise cards with passengers from other ships in order to board and check things out.
I did that w/friends in San Diego during a stopover on the tss Dawn Princess back in 1990 or 91. I used cards that belonged to my traveling companions and escorted a few friends onboard for lunch. Those were the 'good old days' of cruising.
I remember seeing her come round that lighthouse more than once in Nassau and she always seemed to do a roll as did others coming around that point. I suspect it had something to do with the channel and the point and maybe the seas or wind.
But that said I do seem to recall that she had a top weight issue after the Greeks rebuilt her as well. I seem to recall she had a slight list all the years on the Bahamas run. She also was a beast with fuel oil. But all of that made her perfect for the Bahamas run in the 1970s and 1980s.
quote:Originally posted by SSTRAVELER:But that said I do seem to recall that she had a top weight issue after the Greeks rebuilt her as well. I seem to recall she had a slight list all the years on the Bahamas run. She also was a beast with fuel oil. But all of that made her perfect for the Bahamas run in the 1970s and 1980s.
Yes, being built as a military transport in the 1940s, she was a very thirsty fuel guzzler. It's been said that the vessel never made a profit for any of her owners until she was put on the 3-and-4-night cruises out of Miami, gently cruising across the Gulf Stream and spending much of her time sitting in Nassau and Freeport.
I was told back in the '80s during a number of times on board that the reason for her list was that her engines were in split engine rooms, and were staggered. But the list varied between port and starboard, so that never made much sense to me.
quote:Originally posted by SSTRAVELER:Nice pictures. I suspect it had something to do with the channel and the point and maybe the seas or wind.
I suspect it had something to do with the channel and the point and maybe the seas or wind.
It was more likely due to the fact that she was turning sharply. All ships heel away from the direction of the turn when they turn. The amount of the heel depends on the speed of the ship and the sharpness of the turn.
quote:Originally posted by NAL: I don't remember if she had fins or not. Amerikanis did not, so it's possible Atlantis didn't either.
I could not remember, but according to the EMERALD SEAS brochures, she did have fin stabilizers.
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