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texaspepper August 27th, 2010 06:45 PM

What Are Your Top 5 Memories Of Your First Cruise?
 
What Are Your Top 5 Memories Of Your First Cruise? Many of us have sailed more than once, but the first cruise was filled with anticipation, wonder and perhaps many other thoughts. Since that first cruise there have been several on CCL, RCL NCL. . .but the first one still stands out.

My first cruise was on board P&O SS Canberra sailing 16 days from Los Angeles, CA to Auckland, New Zealand. So my top 5 are:

#5 Arriving at the pier in San Pedro, CA and see the ship from the car
#4 Standing on the deck throwing long streamers over the side of the ship
#3 Hearing the ships horn blasting as the ship pulled back from the pier
#2 Cruising under the Gold Gate Bridge in San Francisco for 1st port of call
#1 Six days at sea in the South Pacific after leaving Hawaii and enjoying the incredible dinning each night on this proud British Ship that is no longer in service. Her last cruise was September 10--30, 1997. She was scrapped a few year later. I have the mini life raft of P&O Canberra hanging on my office wall. Circa Oct 1969.

SS Canberra Photo
Our RCL Cruise Photos

Manuel August 27th, 2010 09:33 PM

the first cruise is memorable for sure.

My memories would be.

1. How beautiful the ship was.
2. The service and quality of food in the dining room.
3. Wonderful entertainment aboard the ship.
4. Four beautiful Caribbean destinations
5. Quality time and relaxation aboard the ship.

This was on the beautiful Celebrity Century.

TM

blueliner August 28th, 2010 09:47 AM

1. Seeing the Majesty OTS for the first time from the taxi as we drove over the bridge to Dodge Island in Miami.

2. The dining room waiters who changed their outfits each night that coincided with the dining room menu for that evening.

3. Meeting an elderly gentleman in the theater on our 1st night who told us he had 83 cruise completed! He was retired from the travel industry and he told us he lives in Miami and spends his retirement money cruising! Someday, that will be ME!

4. The first night we spent at sea......it was our honeymoon and that's all I'm going to say!

5. Sitting with the loyalty ambassador and booking another cruise for our 1st anniversery, we booked a balcony cabin for the 1st time!

texaspepper August 28th, 2010 10:35 AM

Good memories
 
Some good memories Scott. We also met a passenger on our RCL Voyager of the Seas T/A Barcelona to Galveston that was close to 70 cruises . . .he was retired and lived on board different cruise ships. . .and maintained a small living space in his home city out side Houston. He said, "live small. . .cruise large." Guess it reduced his living expenses.

I see you are joining the RCL Voyager of the Seas Med cruise. We have sailed on VOTS 3 times and really enjoy the ship, service and crew. They are great.

You can view our VOTS photos.

Cruisegal8 August 28th, 2010 11:28 AM

My first cruise was on Carnival Inspiration 11-96
I remember it like it was yesterday..my top 5 are:
*The anticipation/excitement of the night before. We (the women in our group of 6)painted our nails gold and could not stop talking about the new adventures we were about to experience!!
*Seeing the ship for the first time..I think I almost cried!!!
*The dining room experince..it was better than we could have hoped for.
*Ports of call(St. Thomas, St. Maarten,Dominica, Barbados and Martinique). I still remember every beach we went to and every jungle we went through that trip.
*My #1 is for sure the feeling I had when we got home..the feeling that I was hooked on this kind of adventure and it was a part of me now. The feeling that you just have to get on the deck of a cruise ship again..and again..and again..

texaspepper August 28th, 2010 02:26 PM

Good memories
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Cruisegal8 (Post 1313284)
My first cruise was on Carnival Inspiration 11-96
I remember it like it was yesterday..my top 5 are:
*The anticipation/excitement of the night before. We (the women in our group of 6)painted our nails gold and could not stop talking about the new adventures we were about to experience!!
*Seeing the ship for the first time..I think I almost cried!!!
*The dining room experince..it was better than we could have hoped for.
*Ports of call(St. Thomas, St. Maarten,Dominica, Barbados and Martinique). I still remember every beach we went to and every jungle we went through that trip.
*My #1 is for sure the feeling I had when we got home..the feeling that I was hooked on this kind of adventure and it was a part of me now. The feeling that you just have to get on the deck of a cruise ship again..and again..and again..

Have you been able to cruise again? As much as you loved the first one I am sure you have gotten out on a cruise ship again.

texaspepper August 28th, 2010 02:35 PM

What a great memory
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Manuel (Post 1313144)
the first cruise is memorable for sure.

My memories would be.

1. How beautiful the ship was.
2. The service and quality of food in the dining room.
3. Wonderful entertainment aboard the ship.
4. Four beautiful Caribbean destinations
5. Quality time and relaxation aboard the ship.

This was on the beautiful Celebrity Century.

TM

Manuel. . .you have cruised on some splendid ship since your first cruise. Oasis and booked on the Allure. We met a lady on our first RCL Rhapsody of the Seas that cruise months at a time. Said her husband past a year or two back and she sold the huge ranch and stored the little left over bits and she lived on cruise ships. . .don't know if she still is but she just kept booking back to back and loved it.

Kamloops Cruiser August 28th, 2010 02:40 PM

#5 Poor Food ( tomatoes on everything)
#4 Tunisia ( Dirty)
#3 Ephesus
#2 Athens ( 2 day port day)
#1 Malta or Rome

This was taken in May/June 1977 . Very long tome ago.

Cruisegal8 August 28th, 2010 05:04 PM

Sure have..8 cruises total. Royal Caribbean is my favorite. I could go on a cruise every month but husband doesn't like the water too much. He has only been on 4 of the 8 with me..planning one for Nov 2011 (with husband) and can't wait!!

texaspepper August 30th, 2010 08:40 PM

This has to be a Love Boat Experience
 
I have to say this is the most romantic of all the replies to the thread I started on Memories.of first cruise. It is from another board I am on, but wanted to share it with Cruise Mates. This is a true LOVE Boat Experience. Read it and decide for yourself. Let us know what you think!



(QUOTE)

WOW! Whata 1st cruise!
Widowed the year before, in 1990 I booked the Dawn Princess, San Juan-Los Angeles. Decided to "check out" every sweet young thing on the 2 week sailing thru the Canal.
2nd night out, met this lovely young creature. We played trivia, walked the top deck in the Caribbean moonlight and talked.
3rd night out, same thing.
4th day, had our 1st date in Curacao. Treated her to pizza lunch on board. (big spender) 5th day saw her all day and evening 6th " " " " "
7th " " " " "
8th - 14th day same thing.
Never got around to "checking out" any of the others.
We've been married now for 18 years!

Fenclare August 31st, 2010 02:43 AM

We have had just 2 cruises with great memories from both (on small ships) but here goes...
October 1990
Embarking at Port Canaveral - 'Oceanic' looked enormous!
Meeting Mickey Mouse on deck!
Feeling dwarfed by an NCL ship at Nassau (can't remember which one)
The Midnight Buffet food displays - we took pictures (rather than eating!)


September 2002
Sailing away from Palma (Mallorca) at night.
Following the same ships from Port to Port
Great Food and entertainment.
Sarah Brightman singing 'Time to say Goodbye' over the ships loudspeakers as we left Naples.
Inching our way into Mahon (Menorca)


We have never booked a solo cruise before (always part of a package) so this year on Brilliance OTS is a 'proper cruise' on a big ship!
From what little experience we have had. Food Quality was better on a US ship than My Travel's 'Sunbird'
Now we are retired we hope to cruise more regularly - only drawback is living in Spain rather limits our options.

1990 Disney Criuise Line's Star Ship Oceanic
2002 My Travel's Sunbird (formerly 'Song of America'- now Thompson Destiny?

frogfuzz September 1st, 2010 02:12 PM

nice one Texas

Empress of the Seas 9/2005

1. Being terrifed of new experience of cruising and especially a reluctant husband going along

2. stepping on the cruise ship in awe

3. feeling of pulling out of port

4. worried about tablemates, but enjoying them all

5. the biggest of all THE FIRST NIGHT THE PROPELLOR FELL OFF THE SHIP. and the ship was docked for a day, then limped and vibrated along missing all our scheduled ports

I rue the day I took my first cruise, because I am so addicted now.

cammy116 September 7th, 2010 08:36 AM

Memories
 
1. Waking up on morning of cruise and seeing the ship had arrived in port.
2. Walking onto the ship and "WOW" moment.
3. Midnight Buffet Amazement (and photos, photos, photos)
4. Waking up to a beautiful morning after first night on the ship.
5. The feeling in my gut that it was wrong of them to make us leave the ship when we arrived back in port: "Why??? Why now???? Why today????"


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