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Take Your Virgin Cruise Memories With You

Written by: Kuki

Cruise #1 -Dec. 1994- Nordic Prince- Royal Caribbean announced the ship had been sold just prior to our sailing date.

When we were married I had promised Mrs. Kuki a cruise to celebrate our 10 th wedding anniversary. I had managed to avoid that commitment until our 14th anniversary. I finally caved in, and booked this ship for a 5 day sailing, because I knew I wouldn’t like cruising, and being stuck on a ship for any longer I also knew would give me a dramatic case of Island Fever.

At that point in her career the ship was frankly a bit of a dump. RCI had let the updating of her public rooms go because of the pending sale. Our cabin was an inside cabin at the very bow, and the ship’s anchor was stored next to my bed; which was a single bed, built into the hull,  and about 5 ft. in length… which was just friggin perfect for my 6’3” frame. The second bed for Mrs. Kuki was also built into the hull, at a 90 degree angle from my bed.

There was no romance, no sleep, no real maintenance of the ship to speak of, other than to keep her engines running, and we both fell in love with cruising. We booked our next almost immediately after getting home for the next year (gee, just how many times do we hear that from first time cruisers!!! It’s so true it should be part of the first timer cruiser’s guidebook), then booked our first back to back cruises for the following year, after getting back from that one. As most every story goes…. The rest is history!

Now I am going to quote myself from just the paragraph above…“There was no romance, no sleep, no real maintenance of the ship to speak of, other than to keep her engines running, and we both fell in love with cruising”.  How interesting! How interesting that perspective has changed over the years, and as we’ve experienced more cruises. How interesting that I now, on occasion, criticize the cruise lines and I write reviews rating the service levels, and discussing the ship’s décor, and the entertainment, and the menus, etc.

One could say that after fifty + cruises I’ve justifiably come to know more, and expect more; that I’ve been witness to lots of changes in the industry that may skew my view to the more cynical side.

But, you know… no matter how many cruises we’ve all experienced, and no matter what changes we’ve seen in the industry that we may or may not care for, I’m thinking it’s very important to remember your first cruise; where you had very few expectations, and everything that happened left you staring in glassy eyed amazement, and you were so thrilled that you were lucky enough to be there.

I’m thinking it’s very important to find that person within me (and you) and make sure to take them along on your next cruise, as I will on mine. Because if I start leaving that person at home too much I may indeed find the day has come to quit hunting for gangways to cross. But I know for now that I’m not there yet.

-A View From The Kuki Side of Cruising-
 

 

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