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Old June 21st, 2011, 11:37 AM
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Default What effect did your first cruise have on you ?

My first cruise was on a Cunard ship .I was in my 20's and had the opinion that all cruises would be majestic .

One of my daughters will be cruising in less than 3 weeks on an Oceana ship .I wonder if she will have the same opinion as I did after her first cruise ?
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Old June 21st, 2011, 11:38 AM
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It gave us the immediate feeling that this was going to be our preferred way to take a vacation.
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Old June 21st, 2011, 11:44 AM
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When we first started cruising, the impression was ok, but not one that was that memorable enough to persuade us to keep that means of vactioning as the only way for certain. But in all fairness, there were not great websites like this or others back then to better prepare you for the experience.

Now to fast forward.... we like to alternate cruise and AI vacations so as to keep variety in vacationing or business travel. Many times we find a port we have enjoyed on a cruise and then return for a 5 - 7 day land based vacation there to get a true feeling of the area.
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Old June 21st, 2011, 02:53 PM
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On my first cruise I found what complete peace was. Sitting on my balcony late at night watching the waves and looking at the stars it was the most peaceful feeling I had ever experienced.

Or maybe it was because I was buzzed !

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My first cruise was on Celebrity Mercury and we went with a large balcony Sky Suite. We were hooked but VERY spoiled. Within one week of returning I had my second cruise booked. It was a Western Mediterranean cruise on the now defunct Renaissance cruise line. The cabin was about 1/2 the size of the previous cabin and the balcony was about 1/20th the size. Even so we still loved it. That was thirtysomething cruises ago and I'm still booking them.

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On my first cruise I found what complete peace was. Sitting on my balcony late at night watching the waves and looking at the stars it was the most peaceful feeling I had ever experienced.

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Boy I feel exactly the same way. I am in heaven when I sit in my balcony with a glass of wine and looking at the moon and the stars and listening to the waves.

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When my wife & I were children we used to watch the old liners sailing out of Southampton, now I didn't know she did this & she didn't know that I did ...many years later we discovered this & resolved to go on a cruise like those ''Posh people." Our first cruise was a fly cruise to the Caribbean, but our first cruise out of Southampton was a memorable sail away, past all the places we had watched LINERS sail past all those years ago, we have never tired of cruising out of our home port. Our friends & relatives come down to wave from vantage points, some from the New Forest side some from the Hamble side.
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Henry,
First cruise back in the late 80's on a Big Red boat, formerly Premier cruise line. Just after that first one, which was only a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas, made me want more....the rest is history.
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my very first cruise was with 16 of my future-in-laws out of NYC to Bermuda on the Oceanic in the mid 70's and I was not impressed

my first cruise on my own was on the Carnival Festivale in the early 80's and had the greatest time in my life up to that point

my very first full charter smooth jazz cruise was on HAL Westerdam 7 years ago and I fell in love with the ability to combine my two passions, cruising and smooth jazz..with the exception of my River cruise to the south of France and my Maine Windjammer cruise, all my cruises since have been on smooth jazz full charters
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Rob and I took our first cruise on Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas. After spending a week on this cruise, we became "cruise addicts". Needless to say we have taken about fourteen cruises since then. Cruising is definite our favorite mode for a vacation!
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it just made me want more...

the downside is you need to pay for it somehow.
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All cruise brochures should carry a government health warning :-

"Cruising is addictive and can severely damage the contents of your wallet"


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Amen to that Spartan Kent!
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All cruise brochures should carry a government health warning :-

"Cruising is addictive and can severely damage the contents of your wallet"


Here here.

After the first one I knew I was hooked.
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One of my good friends here in Orlando cruises *a lot*. He's always talking about them. So when my TA friend asked if anyone wanted to go with him on a 7n for an insane low price (Think around 50/night) I just right off said Me! I had to get the time off from work approved, but that happened. I've been around big ships before, but USN stuff as I've traveled around and visited historical sites. So I knew what a big boat looked like. And at the time I was already in the hotel business, so I knew the concept. Costa Atlantica. Spirit Class. Heh, other than a brief plumbing backup on the deck we boarded on, I had a great first impression. And the plumbing issue didn't bother me. I've been around stuff like that before.

There was some bickering with the rest of the group from the travel agency about dining time, but my friend convinced me to stay with our early time and I know I am glad I did. I got to enjoy more later stuff on the ship because food was already out of the way. We were in an inside cabin, which I was meh okay with, but would be hard pressed to do again, but once I finally woke up each day I would goto the Lido and find some fruit for breakfast.

My only thing was after 2 days at sea, I was ready for some land.


I'm getting better about that in my mind. I think I could do more sea days now.

But I was hooked from the moment I felt the ship moving in the water. I've worked on *very* small floating platforms in the past, so the movement was natural to me. It just felt right.
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