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Old August 2nd, 2007, 02:56 PM
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My first cruise was on the carnival's Mardi Gras in 1986. I had been watching love boat on TV and I wanted to experence a cruise ,it was a 4 day cruise, I couldn't afford 7 days. Cruising wasn't cheap back then.
From the moment I saw the ship. I knew I would love it. The 4 days went by so fast, I think I slept maybe 4 hours a night. I get the same feeling each time I cruise.
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Old Volendam, 1981 for 12 days. We loved it so much that as soon as we arrived home we booked another cruise (14 days) on the Volendam and haven't stopped.
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Earl, welcome to the Mardi Gras club. My first cruise was on the Mardi Gras in March, 1983.
Had a tiny cabin on Riveria deck with a plate sized porthole. Was a 7 dayer from Miami to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios.
We loved it and have been hooked ever since.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 01:28 PM
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Our first cruise was on HAL's Statendam--7 days to Sea of Cortez.
My sister had just been murdered and DH thought we needed this experience. He was right !!
We loved cruising, especially HAL.
Yeah~~like the rest of you~~~we're hooked too .
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Our first cruise on Holland was on the old New Amsterdam from Miami to South America 14 days and we dressed for dinner every nite in either formal or a suit.We had special table service with head waiter making something new every nite from appetizers to desserts.Over head they had violins playing during dinner to add to the ellegence.This was cruising at its finest and the captain made a farewell speech as this ship was being retired after an arround the world cruise.His comments were still remembered in which he referred this ship as "The grand old lady of the seas"You will not find this ever again on the mainline ships due to the size.Sitmar also offered this type service in the late 70's prior to being bought by Princess.Never to be forgotten with some 30 plus cruises in later years and into the hundred day catagory witr holland who still provides a first class experience.
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The Kungsholm in 1974. It was so elegant and we dressed for dinner every night. It was a 21 day cruise. We left New York went Bar Harbor, Montreal, Quebec, up the Saguenay River and then we doubled back to Bermuda for 3 days. I was young and had no idea how lucky I was to have this experience.
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back-to-back eastern/southern carib. on the cunard countess in 1996. It was a small ship, about 17,000 tonnes, but the service was wonderful and the folks i met were so very, very nice -- mostly brits. i still keep in touch with some of them. needless to say, i was hooked, and still am.
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Carnival for me, then onto Orient and found HAL because we wanted a large ship experience. Imagine that. Little did I know then, that large was going to be redefined.
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Sitmar Fairwind 10 day Carribean with an 18 month old. Every one said we were nuts, but it was awesome. We have only done 7 and 4 day since.
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My first was on the Veendam in 02. I never wanted to go on a cruise but my Mom wanted to go on one for her birthday. So I went reluctantly. Wow, was I wrong. I was always the one on the beach waving bye bye to those poor people who had to leave. Big dummy! Now I am totally hooked and will never do a land vacation again. My first cruise was so relaxing, my blood pressure went down to almost nothing. Loved it loved it, loved it.
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7-day Alaskan cruise on the Statendam. I was a reluctant, but fell in love with the whole concept, and HAL in particular. 6 more cruises since the first one.

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Old Rotterdam - a classic transatlantic cruiser.
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My first cruise was on the Volendam in 1983 - New York to Bermuda - It was a dream come true!
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The Queen Mary, 1962 - eastbound crossing.
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Alaksa cruisetour in 2004 was my first time on a ship. I was diagnosed with cancer on 2/2004 and thought I would be dead by the end of the year. Wanted to see Alaska, wanted to take a cruise so I took a 10 day land and 4 day ship cruisetour,,and I was hooked. Wish I had discovered cruising earlier in life,,but I am going to enjoy it whilst I can thats for sure. My only problem is I have had so much fun on HAL I canot seeing changing lines.
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