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  1. Thank you Jon and Von and Bo. I’ll keep you posted as per my progress...hope is on the horizon. Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes!
  2. Of course we all feel for the less fortunate people who are truly suffering during this disaster. That does not mean most of us here are not feeling the pangs of Cruise Withdrawal. Since this thread is dedicated to how we feel about those wonderful sensations that happen when we walk up the gangway and our current need to escape. Let’s face it...we are a bunch of cruise crazed sybarites who are longing to get back to cruising as we knew it. Sure there are going to be roadblocks and some pains along the way to recovery...but we will get there. If you want to talk about cruise withdrawal then let me tell you about real cruise withdrawal. A heart attack, a stent, blood thinners, internal bleeding, colon cancer, 9”of colon removed, oncology follow up testing, genetic kidney failure, 2 years of dialysis and 6 times in the OR for fistula access and heart catheter. Now I’m waiting for a kidney transplant which is being held up due to Corona Virus Pandemic. All this in three years and no cruising allowed for two of those years. Ha ha ha ha!! Hell...when life hands you lemons you make lemonade and some of us make lemon merengue pie!! Cruise withdrawal...I’ll say I’ve got cruise withdrawal but I’m here to tell all of you...I’m already planning my return to cruising!! It will be the biggest most hellacious party ever attempted onboard a ship and all of you are invited!!! I’ll keep you posted! 😋 Thank you for allowing me to vent.
  3. Thanks so much. I am in Dialysis so I don’t get out too much. I loved Cab Calloway. I actually got to see him perform live at Symphony Hall...fantastic performer. All the best,
  4. Best of luck on your quest. The NOLA WW II Museum is on my bucket list. All the best, CGT
  5. I am very aware of the history of black Americans in WW I and WW II. I am an historian...love 20th Century history...especially ocean liner and military. I also know of the black musicians in Paris after WW I. Ken Burns “History of Jazz” on PBS was very good on illustrating that piece of history. The French were very proud and grateful for the role the Harlem Hell Fighters played in aiding the them in WW I. Unfortunately the failure of Reconstruction reverberated for 100 years. I know what you mean about cruising in the 70’s. The cruises out of N.Y. were fairly staid affairs until Home Lines and The Italian Line got going. Cruising from Boston was also a more raucous affair at that time. For some reason the people from Boston were heavier party types compared to New York. Carnival started in Florida and made their profits on booze sales which translated into party time.
  6. I started crossing and cruising in 1965. There were many people of color who I met or saw along the way. Not once did I ever see any instance of discrimination or refusal of service. There was always an attitude on those transatlantic crossings of acceptance and joi de vie. It was like a fancy house party and everyone was invited. We met people from Africa, India, and other far off places and the party roared on. I remember a young man on the SS France who was a sax player and was going for a tryout in Paris. We crossed both ways with him and there wasn’t a night that we didn’t get together and party or axxs off. Many times he would end the evening by performing an incredible set of jazz pieces with the house band....he had the entire room on their feet...wow...what great memories.
  7. “The good old days”. When we weren’t so good and not so old.😄
  8. You are correct. The First Class accommodation was color blind to any race issues at that time. If the passenger paid the fare they were entitled to all the benefits...regardless of race. You might reference John Maxtone Graham in one of his books. I think it might have been in “Crossing and Cruising”. He recounts the voyage of Josephine Baker onboard the NORMANDIE.
  9. Looking forward to your research. The Olympic Games of 1936 is a very interesting historical study. Hitler was so incensed by the black American victories that he stormed out of the colosseum before the medals were awarded. I would think that the black athletes were treated well while onboard Majestic. The way the Olympic committee treated the black athletes was a disgrace. I remember reading Jesse Owen’s account of the games and post games.
  10. Once upon a time when the SS France crossed the North Atlantic. They served a dessert called the Sicilian Cream. It was an oval custard...intense pistachio custard on a bed of dense chocolate brownie with a coating of vanilla English cream. This was definitely the greatest dessert I have ever had in my entire life!
  11. You would need to do your research at the South Port Sea Museum in New York City...probably your best bet.
  12. Congratulations...a masterpiece travelogue. I feel as though I made the entire voyage with you! Truly an opus magnum cruise review. Thank you so much Bill and Mary Ann for taking the time and making the effort. Many of us are worried if HAL will be able to weather this storm. After reading this extended travelogue I am certain that HAL will survive because of the close knit dedicated HAL repeat cruisers who form a unique club of world travelers who are welded into the very fabric of HAL.
  13. If there is no vaccine or meds to counter the CV19 then it will be highly unlikely that ships will be sailing in July.
  14. Wonderful review...wished I was there.😀
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