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Our first cruises on a big ship were Carnival cruises. I think it's safe to say that they have probably introduced more people to cruising than any other cruise line.
After 7 Nights - Time to Say Good-Bye
When we started cruising almost 30 years ago, the only dining option was assigned dining. Each night you went to your assigned table in the main dining room and were served by your waiter, assistant waiter, head waiter, and maître d'.
It goes without saying that at the end of the cruise, you had gotten to know your wait staff and table mates. Hopefully, you'd had a good time with your table mates and received good service.
The last night was a farewell dinner and as was customary, this would be the time to extend gratuities to the wait staff who had served you throughout the cruise.
On Carnival ships, they had another tradition on the last night of the cruise. They would give each guest a souvenir picture of the ship. They would gladly sign the picture for you so that you could remember the great service - especially when you filled out your comment card.
We're not certain when this tradition was discontinued, but certainly do miss this gesture of friendship that used to go hand-in-hand with the final dinner.
What memories do you have of past traditions?