To introduce myself

I thought that I would introduce myself as I have now joined the site. still finding my way around but I am sure I will in time.

I have been on the sea for all of my adult life. I joined the RN as soon as I could (HMS Ganges - no longer there) in 1974 and left after travelling a lot of the world, getting sunk, fighting fires, meeting a few famous people etc in 1998. 

I got married in 1979 after meeting my wife in Gibraltar whilst serving there for a year when the boarder was closed, so we had to find our own entertainment (we could have a drink 24 hours a day if we wanted to), so it does have a soft spot for us both.

We live on an Island on the south coast of the uk, so we see the sea everyday and love it.

We started cruising a few years ago and both enjoy the formal evenings and so far have been on RCI, Celebrity and  P&O, but looking at other cruise lines for 2020. The places we visited to us is more important than the cruise lines, however saying that, we are not sure about the really small ships as we are now used to the bigger ones with more things to do.

I have been playing guitar since my school days and since leaving the RN have been in a local band, gigging in pubs and clubs and some weddings etc and love it. I only have four guitars, keyboard, mandolin, and all the amplification that goes with it, microphones, stands etc, but the equipment has paid for itself - not that I have made any money but one day when I sell it all, I may do...

The current band I play in is Deep Fried Bananas - thus my name and if you want a laugh, we are on facebook.


Hope you find something interesting.


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Welcome to Cruiseline!!

Welcome...what a colorful history.....lot of veterans in here don't mind me did you get sunk? I used to play tag in the jungle myself...didn't learn to appreciate "going to sea" until many years later, and cruising is vastly different than what you did.

I was in the Falklands 'conflict' on HMS Antelope when we got hit by a couple of bombs and a aeroplane went through the mast. There is a picture of us blowing up at night as one of the magazine blew up (we had just got off at that time and been picked up by a landing craft). Came home on the QE2 with what I stood up in.


My compliments sir...waaaay back in the day I used to think I would've done better joining the USN instead of choosing what I did...on second thought...….btw, you like what someone has to say, you click on the lil "thumbs up" icon at the bottom of their post.

Welcome aboard!!

Welcome aboard Mal. I am sure you will like it here. We are a friendly bunch that feeds each others cruise habits and try in a pleasant manner to help anyone that needs it.


Welcome to the forum. Thanks for the detailed introduction and for your service. You'll find a lot of kindred spirits lurking around these threads.

Welcome aboard!

Welcome, glad to have you with us.

Welcome aboard! My daughter lived in London for 5 years.


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