Cruise lines should credit Navy veterans for days sailed on ships

I was on a naval destroyer during the Vietnam war, home ported in Yokosuka Japan for 4 years (total cruise days 1460)  We sailed to ports in Australia, New Zealand, Pago Pago, Guam,Hawaii, sailed up the Siagon River in Viet Nam, sailed to Korea during the Pueblo Crisis.  Our mission was called the West Pac cruise.  Picture of my first cruise ship


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Nice thought, but what about the rest of us ex-Navy sailors? I was spoiled so bad. I joined the nuclear Navy and of the six year enlistment, spent almost 18 months in class, assigned to two pro-com ships in Newport News shipyard. Six years and only 32 days on the water at sea. Most of that performing sea trials.

My hats off to the 'real' Navy sailors.

As a follow-up. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69. I was the 115th person signed into the ships logbooks as a crew-member (out of 5,000+). I spent a full two years on the 'Ike' and only had three sea days during initial sea trials (and yes - we did have lobster served to us). Was part of the Pre-commissioning crew only. Transfered two piers up to the USS Mississippi CGN-40. Pre-commissioning and Commissioning crews. Again, less than 10 days total at sea before discharge.

I was very fortunate, but missed all the stories told to me by the 'old salts'.

Finally, I did take a 'Med Cruise' many years after the Navy on the Golden Odyssey of Royal Cruise Line. While it cost a lot more than the Navy sailors paid for their cruises, but I was treated and pampered so much nicer. Ah- salty memories!

I'll bet the ship was not as comfortable as the cruise ships.

LOL, if that were to happen then there should be something in place for military to have credit for air miles.

I was in the Navy six years and never set foot on a ship. All P-3's and even as a "ground pounder" I got quite a bit of air miles.

So if you get the ball rolling on your idea don't forget us aviation people.

That is interesting to me. Thanks for sharing that. I think I'm remembering correctly, the IKE was based here in the Bay Area at Alameda for awhile before the base shut down. The Enterprise and Coral Sea also when I was a kid. And before that the Hancock.

Thanks for sharing!!


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