List of things allowed before on cruise ships

This topic was posted a few months ago but I think it be fun to post again for anyone here that didn’t see the other thread. Five thing illegal on a cruise ship that were legal before. To make this one different I’m including five things you used to be able to do on airplanes.

Hitting golf balls into the ocean.

Smoking everywhere.

Skeet shooting.

Embarkation day streamers.

Messages in a bottle.

Airplane list:

Used to be able to take almost anything on a plane including guns. This led to so many hijackings to Cuba that airlines like National Air issued Havana air charts to all their pilots just in case. A former National Air 727 pilot told me this one.

Used to be able to smoke on planes. There was a smoking section and tickets agents would ask if you wanted smoking or non-smoking when purchasing a ticket.

Not only were non-passengers allowed past the security check points but they could also go onboard to help a passenger carry things.

You were given a free meal and you could ask the stewardess (what they were still called back in the day) if they had any extras and that you’d like another.

It was a lot easier to change seats if you wanted after everyone was onboard. Lots of planes left with many open seats. Nowadays airlines do their best to pack’em full and have as few open seats as possible.

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Hitting golf balls - I’m up for that. I was never any good but I used to enjoy golf. Never got below 100.

Smoking everywhere - Never smoked anything.

Skeet shooting - I’m up for that too. I used to own a gun but after it sat around for two years and my fiancée at the time hated it, I finally sold it. Never married her. I miss the gun very much, not her.

Embarkation day streamers - That be fun. It also generate work for clean up crews. Need to do things to stimulate the economy!

Messages in the bottle - With all the creepazoids out there I agree with the author of the article. It be the equivalent of wandering around the cruise terminal handing out your personal info. No telling who is going to contact you or even show up at your door.

I would love to be able to shoot skeet off the ship. I haven't shot skeet in years.

When we first started cruising they still threw confetti at the sail away.

I never did smoke, so that isn't good or bad for me.

Message in a bottle, I loved mailing one from Del Sol to my parents, but with today's crazies... nope.

Not sure I could hot a golf ball off the ship, on purpose. Now and again, there is a stray from the mini golf that escapes.Wink


I miss being able to take some things on the airplane, but never needed to carry a gun on board.

It was nice to meet my DH at the gate when he came home from a TDY that flew commercial.

Smoking, same as above.

Meals, while some weren't all that good it sure was nice and better than the meager snacks of today.

I liked being able to change seats, but I like the lower fares of today.

Great point about the lower airfares. I have to agree with you there. One airfare I distinctly remember is Seattle-Oakland. Late 80’s about $800 r/t. Now just over $100. So yes I’d rather have the lower fares than more open seats.

You forgot passengers having non-sailing visitors on board at embarkation.

I remember skeet shooting scenes on the Love Boat!

I think it would be great to be able to throw streamers or confetti during sailaway.

The only fun I've ever held or plan to hold,mis a nerf gun when playing with my grandsons, so skeet shooting isn't for me.

Hitting a golf ball off the ship would make my drive look much better - that is. I'm a lousy golfer

What about the free booze? Never flew anywhere without a scotch in one hand and a cigarette in the other ... Alas, given up both vices...

What will take the place of the former activities ? Let me ask the mighty Ouija Board.........

1). Scooter Jousting. Talk about your rocking (k)nights ! Speed at each other at a blazing 2 mph....knock your opponent from his / her battery powered steed and win bragging rights, and possibly a Ship-on-a-Stick.

2). Belly Flop Challenge. You may not be able to do a real dive into the deck pool, but belly flops are permissible. When the crew sets up a portable diving board, line up to do a flop. The crowd will judge the winner.

3) Full contact deck walking. Watch out for flying elbows and hip checks. Can you survive the gauntlet ?

4). Ultimate mini golf. Can you chip shot over a staff member ? Can you putt into the Pursers mouth ? Find out if your worthy of an Arnold Palmer drink.

more to come as I think of them

I may have to try that scooter jousting. Wink

I wrote that with you in mind


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