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Dunera cruise 1964 — 4 Comments

  1. I did a similar trip starting from Tilbury to Vigo, Casablanca, Lisbon finishing in Cherbourg. Girls were separated from the boys at each end if the ship, Staff were in the middle to keep it that way – theoretically ;).

    Midnight raids were every night, charge into the girls dorms with wet pillows, tipping the bunk beds out and so on, until my close mate smacked a female teacher over the head, who had decided to sleep with the girls ‘to stop any funny business’. I don’t think i ran as fast in all my life – great times.

    I remember Vigo was extremely hot, as you walked out of the shade from the ship instant melting. With my two friends we decided to get Cokes from a bar, language barrier i used signs, o’dear the barman started peeling the lids of several bottles and i could see us three going to jail.

    Fortunately a local stepped in and sorted it out, asked for a glass if wine for his services – i thought we just had jumped from the fat into the fire, but it only cost an English penny, have to say best penny i ever spent.

    Casablanca was top for me, visiting an open market we were told to be very aware if pick pockets, so we decided to watch out for each other. We must have looked proper daft to the locals, because we were advancing like soldiers watching all corners as though avoiding snipers lol!

    Lisbon we visited a fish canning factory – never will forget the stench. The coach was niot big enough, so about 15 pupils had to go by Taxi. Kids being kids we goaded them to race each other – and they did, whizzing down parallel roads hands permanently on the horns, pedestrians scattering out if the way, what a thrill when your only 12.

    Happy Memories :).

    • Many thanks for this Alan – it’s always most excellent to hear from people with tales to tell! Sounds like you all had a bit of fun!!? Any more tales – always a welcome site on here!

      Bye for now


  2. I went on a school cruise on MS Dunera in April 1964. We visited Malaga, Tunis, Tangier, and Lisbon.

    A memorable experience that has lasted all these years.

    I am still amazed that at 13 years old, we were allowed to wander around Lisbon and Tangier in groups of 3 or 4 unaccompanied by an adult.

    • Hello Jonathan

      Many thanks for your comment here on the MS Dunera site – again comments like this keep the site (and the ship) alive!

      Can you imagine people being allowed to do what you described now??!!

      If you have any further comments we’d love to hear them.

      Many thanks

      Bye for now


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