When you go on a cruise there always seems to be one or two moments where you think to yourself "this is it, this is what its all about". So what is yours? I have two. The first is when I am on my balcony maybe the second night when the chaos and excitement has died down a little and I look out over the water at night and watch the gentle waves go by and the surf makes that awesome noise when the ship makes its wake. It is so peaceful and begs for reflection.
The second is the first moment I realize the ship has left the dock and we are officially underway. Its a great feeling!
Interested in others opinions...
2008-Valor and Glory
2009-Spirit and Splendor
2010-Freedom of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas
2012-Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas
My favorite time is late at night after the clubs close I go up on the very top of the ship with a glass of wine and look out over God's wonder. I am so looking forward to sharing this with my son on 9/30...
The first time I sat in the lawn chair at 1AM on the open sea, soooo peaceful. The other time is the first time the wife and I walked into the Elation and just looked up in the atrium!! That was our first Carnival cruiseship and we've never sailed with anyone but Carnival.
Got to be when I'm standing on the stage, mike in hand, and there are 1500 of my fellow passengers in the audience. At the moment when the music starts, and I'm wondering to myself. "HMMMM,,,will I remember the lyrics?"
I love doing the "Legends Show", and/or the passengers talent show. Guess I'm just a big HAM at heart.
definately would be being on the balcony late at night watching the waves glide by or watching the sun set with a drink and good friends.
Carnival Mardi Gras 81
Carnival Tropicale 87
Carnival Jubilee 88
Carnival Holiday 89
Sovereign of the Seas 91
Carnival Celebration 92
Big Red Boat 93
Explorer of the Seas 03
Carnival Victory 04
Carnival Legend 05
Jewel of the Seas 06
Carnival Triumph 06
Carnival Miracle 07
Carnival Victory 07
Carnival Miracle 08
Carnival Miracle 09
Carnival Liberty 10
I truly enjoy a Saturday afternoon sail away from the Miami harbor. Our first cruise was out of Miami and the cars honking and waving from the causeway road made our trip feel special. Tampa is nearly as good because of the people gathered at the clubs and outside restaurants at the dock, but nothing beats the enthusiasm of the Miami sail away on a Saturday.
After that, the moment when I put away our life jackets after the muster drill, all responsibilities, deadlines, timeclocks and everything goes into the closet with them and I can relax now and just enjoy being on vacation. Once I forgot to repack them at the end of the cruise and I was able to keep the vacation buzz going for a couple of weeks before they found their way home on their own.
1- As you are nearing the port on the day of the cruise, and the very, very first glimpse of the ship docked!!! You never get used to the butterfies in your stomach!!
2-Mine was this past January on The Emerald Princess, The last playoff game before the Superbowl...it was near zero in Green Bay, and here were were sitting on the pool deck in lounge chairs watching the game on the huge outdoor movie screen..everyone was yelling and hollering and having a wonderful time!! For me, that is when I said, this is it
Radiance of the Seas 2002
Diamond Princess 2006
Emerald Princess 2008
Our best was on the Enchanted Isle where we renewed our wedding vowels for our 30th. In the piano bar and the captian did the service and the piano player player some really neat sounds. The second best is when you see the open sea and you know you are on way for a great week of travel and no watchs. My wife and I usually close the lounges after we dance the night away.
Carnival Paradise Oct. 2009 Carnival Valor Sept. 2008 Norweigen Star Oct 2007
Monarach of the Sea Jan 2005
Enchanted Isle Sept 1997
I get a special feeling when I first see the ship. That feeling is the elevated to a higher level when I step foot onto the ship. Then I reach the peak of excitement when the ship pulls away and the cruise has truly started.
As a side note, on one cruise we actually pulled away during the muster drill. That was quite disappointing
NEXT: Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas 3/11/2012 Western Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas 12/4/2009 Bahamas
Carnival Valor 3/9/2008 Eastern Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas 6/24/2006 Western Mediterranean
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas 5/29/2006
Carnival Conquest 6/20/2004 Western Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas 12/20/2002 Bahamas
the best moment for me is every first moment on board the carnival lay back on a bed near the swimming pool and see the blue sky and here the music feeling hot hot hot and thinking then what a wonderfull life we have and be back on board of a carnival ship and don't forget the frozen cocktail that's my moment.
carnival sensation 11/93
carnival destiny 03/06
carnival freedom 07/07
carnival miracle 02/09
rci serenade of the seas 01/10