I was on M.S. Dunera, a Mediterranean Educational Cruise in 1967 with Leek High School for boys. [Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane and snoopy v the red baron were the pop hits of the cruise] I’m a little vague about what ports but I can particularly remember Venice, Piraievs (Athens), and Naples.
I have a photo of us disembarking in Naples to board coaches to visit Solfatara volcano and Pompeii. It must have been one of the last cruises before being taken out of service. I remember we were caught in a violent storm between Greece and Italy, force 11.
Almost everyone was ill – except a few including myself. I went on deck and saw waves higher than the bridge at each end of the ship, as we were in a trough at 90 degrees sailing up the face of each wave before breaching. I was 13 years old at the time and it was amazing, I have travelled extensively by sea since, but never been in a worse storm.
We had a hull plate rivet head that fell off the wall in our dormitory, it was completely corroded held on only with layers of paint.
I later went on MS Nevasa for a Scandinavian cruise including Soviet Russia. These were true educational trips and have been with me ever since. Happy Innocent Days.
Many thanks for this! HOW were you not ill!!??