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Linerrich
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posted 08-30-2009 02:48 PM      Profile for Linerrich   Email Linerrich   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A request was made on another thread to see on-board photos from the EMERALD SEAS. I've put together an album of shots I took in December 1982, when she was in her new guise with Eastern Cruise Lines (the line had formerly been Eastern Steamship.)

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.

EMERALD SEAS Photos

Rich


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NAL
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posted 08-30-2009 06:04 PM      Profile for NAL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thank you Rich. I traveled on her once when she was briefly Atlantis for Chandris. Much of her Atlantis decor was still present in these photos.
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lasuvidaboy
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posted 08-30-2009 07:42 PM      Profile for lasuvidaboy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for posting these Rich!

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.


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steeplechase
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posted 08-30-2009 09:04 PM      Profile for steeplechase   Author's Homepage   Email steeplechase   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Okay I give up, When and where did she meet her demise?
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DAMBROSI
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posted 08-30-2009 09:11 PM      Profile for DAMBROSI   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Great photos Rich, it's been so long since our only cruise on her. The last I recall, she was the WORLD EXPLORER 1
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NAL
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posted 08-30-2009 09:33 PM      Profile for NAL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I believe she went to Indian scrappers in 2004 or 2005. Her career as Ocean Explorer I never really got off the ground.
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Grant
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posted 08-30-2009 10:31 PM      Profile for Grant   Email Grant   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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 went aboard Emerald Seas a few times in Nassau, and loved the old girl. Not as nice as Fair Sea which I was sailing aboard, and the stolen lunch no where as good, but still a very nice ship.
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lasuvidaboy
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posted 08-30-2009 10:53 PM      Profile for lasuvidaboy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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.


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Midshipcentury
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posted 08-31-2009 03:29 AM      Profile for Midshipcentury     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Great and nostalgic images, Rich! Thanks for taking time to post them. I visited her in Greece in 1998 prior to her last charter and again in 2001 when she tied up for the last time. She was half dismantled in India when I made my last visit during the monsoons of 2005. We were on board for a few harrowing minutes until discovering a pile of asbestos in the still intact dining room. We were immediately escorted off with no explanation. None was needed. TOPAZ seems to be vying with OE1 for the longest Alang scrapping record.

Peter


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NAL
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posted 08-31-2009 08:14 AM      Profile for NAL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Peter....OE 1 was very heavily built which caused her to burn extra amounts of fuel. Did this contribute to her extended scrapping time? Topaz also was heavily built for the icy St Laurence.
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Linerrich
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posted 08-31-2009 08:52 AM      Profile for Linerrich   Email Linerrich   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of my memories of EMERALD SEAS is that she always seemed to have a slight list, either to port or starboard. She didn't seem like a tender ship when you were aboard and under way, but I think she may have been a bit top-heavy. Here's a photo of her arriving at Nassau on 29 October 1974, making the turn at Hog's Island on a windy day:

Rich


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NAL
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posted 08-31-2009 10:39 AM      Profile for NAL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Rich....that's quite a dramatic photo! It must have been somewhat alarming for her pax. I don't remember a list when I was a/b Atlantis, but do remember she rolled heavily in a fairly smooth sea en route to Nassau from NYC and return. I don't remember if she had fins or not. Amerikanis did not, so it's possible Atlantis didn't either.
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SSTRAVELER
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posted 08-31-2009 12:10 PM      Profile for SSTRAVELER     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nice pictures.

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.


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Linerrich
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posted 08-31-2009 12:22 PM      Profile for Linerrich   Email Linerrich   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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.

Rich


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Brian_O
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posted 08-31-2009 04:55 PM      Profile for Brian_O     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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.


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.

Brian


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JP
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posted 09-02-2009 12:35 PM      Profile for JP     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
During a tour of the bridge on a cruise in 1981, the officer giving the tour said that the ship had listed one way or the other since the top deck of cabins had been added.


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Linerrich
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posted 09-02-2009 12:52 PM      Profile for Linerrich   Email Linerrich   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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.

Rich


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