We stumbled into cruising without knowing much about it. Booked our first cruise on Crown Princess and 5 weeks later headed off to Ft Lauderdale. Due to some delays we arrived very late and we were staying at a Holiday Inn (now has another name). We arrived in the dark and stumbled up to our room. We could have been in Cleveland for all we knew. We had no idea where we were .
At about 530 am I awoke to some noise outside and after a few minutes I got up and peeked my head out through the curtains. It turned out that our room faced the intercoastal and my view, just a few hundred yards away was our ship. All lit up, deck lights ablaze, with a rising sun just beginning to shed dawns light onto her all white hull. Could there be a more glorious sight? The hook was set and cruise #14 happens in two months.
The hook sank before I ever got on the ship.
Took my first cruise with my then 15 year old old after a particularly trying time in our lives. It was special from beginning to end and so peaceful. The five day cruise seamed to have lasted much longer.
My DH became hooked when cruise on our honeymoon in 2002.
Now I am booked on my 5th for May ist.
On Glory - 05-06-06
Sensation,Jubilee ,Maj.of the Seas,Conquest, Victory.
My first experience was when our senior class went on a cruise for the class trip -- -and love boat it was. How awesome to see NOTHING but blue water around you! Each cruise gets better and better!
there are so many special moments that it's hard to choose just one! the awsum sight of seeing the ship for the first time, the sail away- as you leave your worries behind, hubby says it's the all around pampering that makes him feel special plus a balcony to relax on! For me it's the entire process... from scheming and planning our next cruise to the booking and boarding...the opportunity to leaves life's stresses behind and feel special and pampered for a brief time. Knowing a cruise is somewhere in the future brightens my day and reminds me that there is a light on at the end of the tunnel!
Watching the Love Boat as a kid, I used to think about someday going on a cruise.
Twenty something (?) years later.....I took my first cruise in 2002
and it was everything I dreamed of and so much more.
My favorite part is watching the wake behind the ship.....especially at sail-away leaving port & watching the land slowly disappear.
11 more days until I fly to Miami .....for another adventure.
It began for the wife and I in 1999, on a cruise that was practically gave to us. This was on the Enchanted Isle, out of New Orleans. Once onboard , we knew that this was going to be all of our vacations to come . No more theme parks for us !
It only took the crew a couples days to spoil us. With 5-star service with the staff, all the food,Dining room service, show's, entertainment, and the tropical atmosphere onboard the ship, we where totally hooked ! Now, this is the only vacation we take.
Hopefully, oneday, we will be able to go on 2-cruises a year.
Well, our vacations usual consisted of Theme Parks and campgrounds. My husband decided on my 30th birthday to fly me out to Couples Ocho Rios. While traveling from the Montego Bay airport to Ocho Rios we passed by the Cruise Dock in Ocho Rios and I was amazed how big the ships were and in passing comment said we should look into that. Well, the following year I booked a 7 day on the inspiration. We live 45 minutes away from New Orleans so traveling from there is great for us. Anyway, what made me decided that all my vactions from then on was going to be cruises is the fact that when I woke up the next morning and looked out my window, all I saw was beautiful water and just the miles of nothing around. When we went up to the top of the boat we saw how beautiful the sun looked on the water in the early morning. There was nothing around us but water. In that moment I felt like I was in my own little private world. I for one brief instant wasn't worring about the kids, the pets, the house, the job, the bills. Everything, I was worried about leaving for a week when I boarded that ship just didn't bother me at that second and I felt released for all the stressful things I have to deal with day to day. That was worth a million in gold. In a few days I will be bringing my new sister-in-law and can't wait for her to get that first breath of fresh air and forget about everything back home for just a few days.
Inspiration May 26, 2002
Holiday March 1, 2003 & August 21, 2003 & April 24, 2004
Sensation March 3, 2005
As watchers of the Love Boat growing up, cruising always seemed like a dream vacation. That was until last April. Our dream finally came true. After going through a life is too short period, we booked our very first Carnival Cruise. We ventured out on a 5 night Western Caribbean on the Sensation. The four of us (yes, we took our 9&10 year olds with us - they love to travel as much as we do) boarded our ship in Tampa.
After a wonderful couple of days at sea, the beautiful sunsets, the delicious food and wonderful entertainment (both for the adults as well as for the kids) we were enjoying a Cozumel Party of the the Lido Deck of the ship. We were enjoying the music, cool beverage and watching our fellow shipmates when we decided that cruising is not only a wonderfully relaxing vacation, it was a awesome experience for the entire family. At that particular moment our children were off enjoying a Cozumel Late Night Party for the kids (they didn't get in until after 3am - what a blast.).
Not only did we have a wonderful experience and vacation on the ship, we were lucky enough to visit two beautiful ports of call along the way.
We had talked about taking the children to Hawaii for an upcoming vacation. Guess what, Hawaii is on the back burner. We set sail again in 55 days on our 2nd Carnival ship.
And if Carnival would get on the ball and release their 2006 pricing, we would book our 3rd cruise.
My husband wanted to cruise long before I did. I did not want to get out there on the big blue ocean! Looking at it or flying over it - were ok...but not floating on it! I finally relented in 1997...but only for a four day cruise. It was on the Fantasy. I don't think there was one particular moment that made us cruisers (#11 is coming up)...it was the overall experience. I loved the creative decor. How the ceiling and floors fit in with the room theme. My husband loved all the food. We enjoyed the shows. The ports were a bit disappointing for us and we were greatly frustrated when we disembarked because we hadn't had time to do everything we had wanted to do. So the next year we chose a 7 day cruise to different ports. As they say...the rest is history.
I think that it was the friendships we built with people, two single guys get thrown at a table with 6 single good looking women in our age range. It was great from there, we all laughed, ate and told jokes. At night we would head down with people we met throught the day to the piano bar where we would sing at the top of our lungs, alot of us couldn't sing but we loved it anyways, seeing the same people over and over. It was also great to be walking across the boat and someone say " hey last night was fun you going to be there tonight?"
I am headed off again this year with my brother who has been in Iraq for over a year. I hope to get his mind off of the stress he is dealing with and show him how much fun a cruise is. I am also talking to the girlfriend about going on a cruise next year or the year after.
Personal opionion but until you cruise, you can't imagine the fun you can have on a ship in the middle of the ocean until you do it.
As we screamed last year on the last night, " Carnival we love you" it now has become a cheer at the local bar in town, how you ask, I don't know we brought it home with us and it stuck. Victory here we come.
We took our first cruise in December 2004 after many years of me being afraid of boats. With still fear about the whole idea, we arrived to board the Fantasy. At check in we were informed that we had been upgraded to a Penthouse Suite with a BALCONY. The first time I went on the balcony, I stood in the doorway and just looked out at the view. (very nervous, I might add) By the end of the cruise, I loved the whole idea of cruising and especially loved the balcony. I was up against the rails taking pictures of the spectacular views around me. All my fears disappeared. My DH and I decided cruising is the way to vacation. Now if we can only agree on where to go next!!!!
Like everyone else, every moment is a good one, but I love that moment of getting on the ship and putting my stuff in my cabin and going out on my balcony and relishing the moment that for the next 7 days I will be stress free and having the time of my life that I will never forget. I love to be at sea, and just watching the ship glide through the ocean, watching the wake while sitting outside at the back of the ship eating breakfast the first morning, feeling the breeze and fresh air is indescribable! If I had my wish I would stay on the ship forever!
I was working for a company that had awarded a seven day cruise on the Sitmar Fairwind some thirty years ago. I was relatively new with the company and not in the competition for the cruise. However, about three or four weeks before the cruise was scheduled, one of the owners of the company came to me and asked if my wife and I would like to take their place on the cruise. They had some personal problems that would prevent them from going. I had no idea what a cruise was all about, but whenI talked to my wife we agreed to give it a try. He told me that due to the firece competition to win the cruises, if anyone asked us why we were there just say we paid for it! That bothered us a bit, because we knew those guys had worked really hard to earn their place. Fortunately, no one asked and those who had "earned" the trip trated us like royalty! We were hooked! We have not been able to afford as many cruises as we would like over the years, but have recently retired and will be taking our ninth in September on the Glory. Probably our last ( money gets tight in your retirement years..hahaha) but we will enjoy this one and the memories of all the other...not a single bad expernce on any of them!
My special moment was when I was on my first Caribbean cruise (NCL Sea) and the first day at sea, it was GORGEOUS weather and I was sunning on the sun deck and the caribbean steel band was playing by the pool. PURE HEAVEN!!!!! I knew then that I was hooked forever!!!
I was hooked on cruising on our first cruise (many years ago) on the sail away. Standing on deck adn the ship left port and hearing the theme song from the Love Boat playing (seriously!) and watching people waving at us as we sailed out. It was one of the most exhilerating feelings ever!
When my little sister and I flew to San Juan and Saw the Destiny in the bay. The people at the hotel were so nice and said since we did not have to drive for 7 days they would fix our rum drinks with extra rum. By the time we got to the ship my sister was on cloud nine. Just seeing the sparkle in her eyes Let me know that mine must be just as bright our First cruise and our frist trip togeather. No children with us no phones Tv's or stress. 7 wonderful days at sea . Well number 4 is booked and I would book number 5 as soon as we have the price list. To cruise is to follow your dreams and dream of my next cruise.
Pride of America
It was last January and my girlfriends mother was planning a special birthday for my girlfriend who was turning 21. after meeting and going over all the possibilities, florida, california, new york, etc. she all of a sudden said how about a cruise. I just shook my head yes. So my best friend and his girlfriend and me and my girlfriend went on our first cruise. It was the best time of my life with some of the people I love the most. We had so much fun and so many memories. We are going on our third cruise together in June! I can't wait!
We've only been on one cruise (last November), but are totally hooked. We loved every minute of it and diligently saving for another one for May 2006.
I have a lot of wonderful memories, but one in particular stands out. It was our last night and we were sitting on our balcony, not wanting to go to bed and have this wonderful vacation end. It was about 2 am on a beautiful, warm, clear night with the last of a full moon shining on the water, and the ship quietly taking us back to Miami. Off in the distance were five cruise ships, lights sparkingly brightly under the full moon. We were a convoy of cruise ships heading back, ending the week. It was both a beautiful and sad time.
My first cruise was my Honeymoon August 1997 on the Destiny. I thought this is the life seating on the deck one night with stawberries and martinis. We met another couple on their honeymoon and had a blast.
Our next cruise is April 23rd with our son. This time it might be stawberries and juice!
I was hooked before I booked. I dreamed of going to sea for a living from an early age, but circumstances kept me landlocked. I was 15 before I saw Chesapeake Bay, 16 before I saw the Atlantic.
But the hook got set when I took a train-boat--Prinz Willem, I think--from Dover to Ostend while I was in college. There was something about watching the White Cliffs disappear into the wake that was all I ever dreamed it would be. A few weeks later, during that same trip, I took a few overnighters between various Mediterranean ports. But the cruising itch went unscratched for 30 years after those appetizers. And the more my wife and I scratch that itch...
I may dwell on the land, but I live at sea!
Sensation 2/03 I disembarked, but never really left the ship.
Enchantment 9/03 Just had to go back.
Inspiration 3/04 Just have to go back again, and again, and again...
Sensation 04/05 The vessel made me do it!
Summit 03/06 It's Margaret's fault!