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Old 08-28-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: South Louisiana
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Big Red Boat, Circa 1991 with Photos

I came across a thread the other night about the Big Red Boat and there was a request for pics. The thread was from earlier this year and I can't find it now. I think it was started b/c of the rumors about the Treasure Island resort.

I dug out my old cruise album, I was 11 years old when I went on it. The cruise went to 2 ports - Salt Cay and Nassau. Salt Cay was a tiny little island where I remember snorkeling and thinking it was amazing that you could walk from one side to the other (it may have been 1/4 of a mile wide or something like that). When we were pulling away in the tender, they told us that the opening sequence to Gilligan's Island was filmed there and that at some point, it was Flipper's home.

I've got photos of the island and a few of the inside of the boat (not many). Looking back, its crazy how tiny these ships were! I remember having a blast with the kids' clubs and meeting the Disney characters (I have autographs!) I believe we did do a day or so at Disney World as well.

The Atlantic and Oceanic (I think?) We were on the Atlantic.

I remember the dining very well ... it was the assigned dining where we had a specific table every night, the same Maitre d' and the same waiters. We loved them by the end of the cruise, we have a pic of the maitre d' hugging us bye the last night.

This would have been a 4 person room:

And this was Salt Cay ... we were in a bay area of the island. There were hammocks and palm trees everywhere, I remember the sand was really coarse ... they told us it was basically made of fish poop LOL (the fish ate the coral and the sand is what came out of the fish) There was a photographer on the island with us b/c I have a couple of professional pics from that day. We went snorkeling on the other side of the island.

This is where they said the opening credits to Gilligan's Island were filmed ... it does look a lot like it, but when researched, it was apparently all filmed in Hawaii, so I don't know why they told us that

And leaving the island by tender:

Just wanted to share in case anyone was interested!
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