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Old June 29th, 2001, 12:09 PM
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Does everyone become addicted to cruising after booking thier first cruise? I have!!!!!!!!! All I can do is cruise the cruise boards to find out all I can about what to do, where to go, what to see? My husband says I may need therapy. I have subscribe to all the cruise travel magazines. I watch all the shows I can find on cruising.
Will this stop? or am I doomed to a life of "out of cruise control" I don't leave until Oct 13 on the Golden Princess. I have studied the ship plans till I think I could find my way in the dark. I have read all the reviews I could get my hands on, good and bad.
I have already planned my days at sea. Picked my shore excursions. Looked up all the info I can on the Islands we are going to. I feel I could write a review without even going.
What am I going to do? I have a countdown clock as a screensaver so I will know down to the second when I get on the ship.

Is everyone like this? Do I need help?
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Old June 29th, 2001, 12:12 PM
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Geez, you certainly sound as if you need to get some help....sure glad I'm not like that !!!!
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Old June 29th, 2001, 12:57 PM
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Cathy - you're not alone. I'm right there with you!
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Old June 29th, 2001, 12:59 PM
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Denial, Denial, Denial, CA!

We are all in the same boat (pun intended). You will adjust Cathy.

Mgram....on the run!
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Old June 29th, 2001, 01:00 PM
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It is all the planning and anticipation that make it fun... instead of a week's vacation you get months of cruising vicariously. What ship are you sailing on? and have you tried "Meet me on board?" It might be fun to email people who are going on the same sailing you are going on.

But in answer to your question... Yes! most people get addicted. The majority of people who cruise once take another cruise. The hardest thing for the industry is getting people to take that first cruise, to get past all the mis-perceptions like "I'll feel claustrophobic" and "I'll be bored" and "all there is to do is eat."
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Old June 29th, 2001, 01:02 PM
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Welcome to the club, Cathy. And to the site. Welcome a-board!

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Old June 29th, 2001, 01:09 PM
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Hi,

I have an aversion to wearing a coat and tie, and for years
I didn't even consider cruising. Finally, in 1993, Peggy dragged
me, kicking and screaming, onto a cruise ship. We will be on our
15th in Dec. Addicted, yes!!

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Old June 29th, 2001, 01:54 PM
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Mcathy:
You could have written that about me. I, too, do everything you are doing. But wait!!!!! When you get your docs...if you are like me, you will read them over and over until there is almost no print left on them......lol. Enjoy the anticipation....it is half the fun.
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Old June 29th, 2001, 03:13 PM
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Ummmm yea!
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Old June 29th, 2001, 03:41 PM
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I am in the same boat Cathy. My husband works on the computer to make money and I work on the computer to spend it on cruises.
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Old June 29th, 2001, 04:05 PM
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And I thought I was the only one who studied deck plans! I was absolutely hooked on cruising during our first cruise (in 1998)-to me it is the ultimate and true vacation. We have cruised once a year every year since and will be joining the Amsterdam on the 17th. Sounds like you are perfectly normal to me!
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Old June 29th, 2001, 04:09 PM
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And I thought I was the only one who studied deck plans! I was absolutely hooked on cruising during our first cruise (in 1998)-to me it is the ultimate and true vacation. We have cruised once a year every year since and will be joining the Amsterdam on the 17th. Sounds like you are perfectly normal to me!
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Old June 29th, 2001, 04:45 PM
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Sure sounds to me like we're all normal "cruise addicts", just nothing else quite compares to taking cruise vacations and yes, it just took that first one to get me addicted :-)

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Old June 29th, 2001, 06:22 PM
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I too read everything I can get my hands on, reviews, messages, guide books. I love everything about the planning including planning out my outfits and SHOPPING for them!!!!!!!!!! You sound perfectly fine to me and your husband is missing the fun!
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Old June 29th, 2001, 06:24 PM
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My dad is the only one I have ever seen NOT become addicted to cruising. I think he is an alien from another planet. Clearly, I didn't pick up on these genes!
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Old June 29th, 2001, 09:22 PM
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My Name is Olga and I am Addicted to Cruising. Repeat after me. My name is Cathy and I am Addicted to Cruising.....
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Old June 29th, 2001, 11:27 PM
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Hi. My name is Bob, and I'm a cruisaholic.
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Old June 30th, 2001, 11:16 AM
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I'm with Paul. It's all the planning, getting shore excursions, finding out as much about the cruise line and ship as possible and then trying to go on THESE bb's to see who's going too.

Example: We're going on Millenium 8/11/01. I posted on CM's and have been emailing people going on the same cruise and now believe it or not another family and ours are going to meet up at our house. That's Cool.

Happy Cruising!
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Old June 30th, 2001, 05:31 PM
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Found the board - glad to see familiar names. I THINK I asked you this one other time ...... but unfortunately with other cruises inbetween, and work being somewhere between crisis, chaos and confusion, I forgot your answer. We're going on the Legend of the Seas to Scandinavia and St. Petersburg on Aug. 23. The ports we'll be visiting are Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallin-Estonia, and Copenhagen. We've sailed with this captain 3 times previously and he's allowed us to come up to the bridge when we're departing beautiful ports (ie down the Grand Canal in Venice). Which port would you recommend we ask to be on the bridge for? I vaguely remember you saying Stockholm (which would be great as the Captain is Swedish), but I don't remember for sure.

Thanks for the info on this board and Cruise2. Much friendlier ........

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