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Old 02-13-2006, 04:30 PM   #31
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So, was there actually only one ship that Disney used, or did they use several of Premier's ships? Does anyone know exactly which ships were used by Disney?
During the years that Premier was the Official Cruise Line of Walt Disney World, there were usually two ships, and sometimes three ships, in the Big Red Boat brochure, from the following list of four ships:

Premier StarShip Royale (built 1958),
Premier StarShip Oceanic (built 1965)
Premier StarShip Atlantic (built 1981)
Premier StarShip Majestic (built 1972)

Actually, Disney didn't "use" any of Premier's ships. Premier operated the cruise line. Premier simply had a marketing and licensing agreement with Disney.

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I have looked for those premiere ships and found that most of them were taken to Alang, India to the ship breakers to be dismantled.
None of the four ships from Premier's Disney period went to the ship breakers in Alang, India.

Here's the actual status of the four ships:
  • Premier StarShip Royale — sank in 2000 off the Virginia coast; at that time, she was named the SeaBreeze; no passengers onboard; crew taken off by helicopter
  • Premier StarShip Oceanic — now operated by the Spanish operator Pullmantur as the Oceanic
  • Premier StarShip Atlantic — now operated by MSC as the Melody
  • Premier StarShip Majestic — operated in recent years as the Flamenco (I don't have more details)

The Big Red Boat II (S.S. Eugenio C) went to the ship breakers in Alang, India, but that ship didn't even join the Premier fleet until 2000, long after Premier's Disney period — in fact, after the launch of the "real" Disney Cruise Line.
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Old 02-13-2006, 04:34 PM   #32
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pictures, pictures, we want pictures!

Here you go:

Big Red Boat:





Big Red Boat II:



Big Red Boat III (right after Premier acquired it, while it was still named the Island Breeze and painted blue



A family gets ready to board The Big Red Boat after a four day stay at DIsney World, June, 1988:



The Promenade deck on the Big Red Boat III:



Skeet shooting off the rear deck of the Big Red Boat, July 2000:

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Old 02-13-2006, 05:20 PM   #33
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Here's my big red boat story - I was in the 8th grade when my parents took my brother and I on the "Disney cruise." When we got back to Port Canaveral, all the passengers had to go to one of the lounges while customs cleared the boat. The process took a couple hours, so to pass the time they had bingo game - and the winner got a free return cruise. Well, let's just say we were cruising again a couple month later!
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:40 PM   #34
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thanks, for the memories, that is what I remembered have one of the same post cards. Thanks for the history also
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:51 PM   #35
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We went on our honeymoon on the Big Red Boat in October 1989. We enjoyed it, but nothing like the "wow" of the Disney boats. Couldn't imagine a long cruise on it. We remember the days spent in WDW before the cruise much better. The package we bought included the Hotel Royal Plaza - that was as close as we could get to really being on property.

I recall our server at Palo in '01 remarked that she was supposed to work on the Big Red Boat, but then Premier folded, and she ended up on the Wonder.
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:09 PM   #36
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I was a crew member on The Majestic in 1989/1990
I worked In the Casino bar with a guy called U.B.
I came from the Canberra and worked in the Bars.
The charactors that use to be onboard were Chip and Dale, Captain Hook, Smee I think Goofy and Pluto were there as well infact they had the original pirate night!!!
I think I will have to dig out some of my old pictures.
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:36 PM   #37
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My husband and I were on the Majestic for our honeymoon in 1989. Wow, we didn't remember how small the ship actually is next to the ships toady. We will be on the Magic this November for our 17th anniversary and DD's 14th birthday. Thanks for the info. We got out the old photos and remembered way back when. Boy time does fly!!!!!
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:51 PM   #38
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I was on one of the ships OC or Mag 1987 for our 20th anniversary. Boy that was many moons ago. Yes the ships are bigger & better. This April were are using DCL for grandson 8th birthday.
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:50 PM   #39
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OK... this thread is really interesting to me!! My cruising days go back to when I was in high school I took a cruise on Home Line's Oceanic. It had to have been 1983? It was a 10 day Carribbean cruise, but one of the posts mentioned that it was doing transatlantic cruises at that time? I find this history so fascinating and thank all of you for providing info... where do you find a lot of this? I would love to know if this is the same ship I was on lonng ago! I would also love to find out what's happened to the other ship I sailed on long ago. It was archaic then so I'm sure it's got to be scrap metal by now! Thanks!
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I think I will have to dig out some of my old pictures.
PLEASE DO! If you have a scanner I would love to see some of those! We have very fond memories of the BRB - Oceanic. But we sailed after it was Looney Tunes.
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My cruising days go back to when I was in high school I took a cruise on Home Line's Oceanic.
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I would love to know if this is the same ship I was on lonng ago!
Yes, she sailed for Home Lines before sailing for Premier Cruises. And you can still cruise on her today. According to the link I posted earlier, she even has her original name back:

Oceanic - Home Lines (1965-1986)
StarShip Oceanic - Premier Cruises (1986-2000)
Big Red Boat 1 - Premier Cruises (1986-2000)
Oceanic - Pullmantur (2001- )
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Old 02-20-2006, 01:19 AM   #42
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My cousin was on one of the Big Red boats for her honeymoon and it caught on fire and they had to be loaded into the life boats. Anybody remember that?

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My husband and I spent our honeymoon on the Big Red Boat in the 1996. We were on a 4 night cruise followed by 4 nights at Dixie Landing (we added on a night to the sea/land package.) There was a singer/musician in the bar area on the Big Red Boat named Tommy Treadway, who I remember listening to, and I remember playing the slots at the casino. At that time, the characters on board were the Looney Tune characters. I remember Bugs and Daffy.

We are going on our first Disney cruise this October, which will be our first cruise since 1996(we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary. I am certain from the photos I have seen that I am going to be blown away by the diffences in the cruise lines.
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Old 03-29-2006, 08:41 AM   #44
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Thanks for all the great memories! I've been searching for other's experiences with the Big Red Boat but the search engine couldn't seem to handle it till I tweaked it a little and searched on "red boat" instead.

My DH and I cruised on the Big Red Boat Oceanic for our honeymoon in 1992 with the Disney characters. It was our first cruise and we did a 4/3 land and sea at the Grand Floridian. We have such fond memories of that time. Even though it pales in comparison to our recent DCL cruises, it still holds such a special place in our hearts.

I am searching around for some photos to post...

Thanks for reminiscing with me...
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I have a Big Red Boat picture, too, from the last Disney Sailing to Freeport, December 2003.
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