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Old April 8th, 2006, 11:33 PM
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Way back when, either last year or last decade, how did you go about planning your first cruise?

Was it the ship?

Or a destination, you had dreamed of for years?

Did you do lots of research?

Were you a novice, with no research, and the ta told you what ship or itinerary would be the best for you..did the matchup work out well?

Was it love at first sight, that left you wanting more, more, more?

Hopefully this site helped you be a knowledgable cruise, but for many like myself, back in 89, the Love Boat was my inspiration

My 1st cruise was on Carnival, the more afordable love boat at the time... ..tons of research was done, and I wanted to go to St Maarten, the ship had stabilizer problems, and that was the one island we missed;( my daughter, looking at the brochure, said she did not want to sail on the [old ships] Festivale, Carnivale etc..she said, "she hated how they looked.."
We ended up on the Celebration, and did not really have our dream cruise..For example we ended up at a booth, for the 3 of us at dinner...that we did at home...

Our 2nd cruise on the Majesty of the Seas, sent us into dream cruise overload, and we were hooked..look what we would have missed, if we didn't give it another shot!

And it really was the Love Boat reruns, that I watched every night, that made us want to try this new kind of vacation! Who knew all the cabins were not as big, that our problems were not fixed in an hour, and our ship mates were not Carol Channing, Ceasar Romereo, or Charo!!! But look what that show started!
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Old April 9th, 2006, 12:07 AM
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Ex was friend at the time. We had not spent more than 24 hours together and she had won a cruise. We thought, if we could spend a week together without fussing, then we would be ok to marry. She wanted to share it with me so I paid the taxes and the flights to Miami and back. We went on the Ecstasy. That first morning, while in the hotel, we had the tv on for noise. There was a movie on... the Titanic!! We thought bad omen. When we got on the ship, a rainbow was in the sky and we went under it. I said that was good luck and it was. Been crusing since.
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My two freinds invited me to come along on the cruise they had picked out. I had not done any research to find it but researched the islands we would be seeing. At that point, I was excited to take a cruise and it didn't matter where we went. Anywhere tropical was fine with me.

We took the Fascination out of San Juan. I lovd it!

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We are Star Trek fans. There was a Carnival cruise with lots of stars from the show. So we went. A BIG convnetion at sea. WOW
Besides being with all of the actors, we were hooked on the cruising aspect too. That was in 1994.
We try to book 2 cruises a year.
This year there are other events that get in the way so only one for 06/07... The Cruise of the Century for new years.
Thats my story. Live long and prosper
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Old April 9th, 2006, 10:09 AM
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Our first cruise was May 1980. For a few years after moving to Florida in 1977 and seeing the great sales on cruises back then, we planned on a cruise. it didn't amtter where it was going and for how long, as long as we could save the $$$ to get it. Then it was 14 years between first and second, growing kids, bills...... and we have been doing it ever since. number 24 coming up in lessthan 4 weeks.
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Old April 9th, 2006, 10:27 AM
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I was a major Love Boat fan but my dad always talked to me about his trip back to Sweden with his parents when he was a teenager and how wonderful it was.

I started checking and found that the NCL Southward had 6 single cabins for a regular fare. I sailed on the Southward in 1982 and loved cruising. Leaving the port of Miami we sailed past the Norway so in 1983 I was onboard the Norway. I did the Western Caribbean then the Eastern and immediately moved on to big stuff.

In 1984 I took the Norway from England to Miami, and in 1986 the Royal Princess through the Panama Canal! Due to the Love Boat, I wanted to sail one of those ships so I took the Island Princess Hawaii to Vancouver.

Right from the start, I was always interested in seeing the world and felt cruising was the way to do it and I'm getting there, little by little!
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Old April 9th, 2006, 11:29 AM
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No research there! Our first cruise was on Sitmar's Fair Wind. Keith worked and I was in college. We thought a New Year's Cruise would be a good break, and we had never been to the Caribbean. That was 1985, and the rest is history.

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My first cruise was last June. My hubby had just come home from Iraq, and they were already planning to go again. I left the house in tears, because I was sick of them calling him, and taking him away from me. We have a little travel agency here in town, and in the window was a large Carnival poster, so I went in to see. I asked the lady if she could get me on one of those boats. (I called it a boat!) She said of course, "but what month would you like to go," and I said "this one." I did the unthinkable. I booked on a ship that I knew nothing about, in one weeks time. I booked on a Thursday, she had our tickets sent by FedEx, and we left the next Friday. I came home and hubby wanted to know where the groceries were. I had forgotten to buy them. I told him I had found a place to go to get away from the phone, and people with orders in their hand. He took me out to eat, and then to be sure I bought groceries this time, and then I got on the computer. I was not good with computers, so I typed in Cruise. This site came up. I had never posted anything anywhere, so I started reading. I read every post, going back years. At 6:00 the next morning, I was still sitting there. I finally got up the nerve to post a question, and then went to get a few hours sleep.
I came back on several hours later, and people had really responded. I realized that you people are real. I had a notebook full of notes, and became very knowledgeable on cruising. If someone said take something in your suitcase, I put it down, if someone said don't do this, we didn't, if someone said to do that, we did. People at our table thought I had been cruising for years.

This July will be our fourth cruise since that first one, but nothing will ever beat the Ecstasy. She was better than Calgon. She did indeed take me away.

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After Mrs K and I were married I promised her a cruise for our 10th wedding anniversary.. because she said she wanted to do one.

I had NO interest, and managed to come up with excuses until our 14th anniversary(1994). I found out a short cruise out of LA, because I knew I didn't want to be stuck on a ship for long, and it was a quick flight to LA.

Turned out this sailing was on the RCI Nordic Prince (which had just been sold and would be leaving the fleet.... so she wasn't in stellar condition). We also got a cabin with two L shaped single beds built into the substructure, and not moveable (my bed was 5'10" inches between walls, and I'm 6'3"). No tvs and no telephones in the cabins.

We fell in love with cruising on this "ship". When we got home we decided that we had to cruise again and started looking for next year's ship, and I had just got Internet service, and started researching, and found a live online cruise chat.
After hanging around there 2 years, and a couple of more cruises Anne Campbell put me to work hosting the chat... and then started CM and invited me to "write" for her. Think our next cruise will be around #43-44... Thanks Anne for making me an "addict". The only recovery program I'm interested in is however many steps it is to cross the gangway
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Old April 9th, 2006, 12:56 PM
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Our first cruise was taken for one purpose and that was to see a total eclipse. We found the cruise in an astronomy magazine and it said the ship would move up to 450 miles to find clear sky. That was the only reason we took the cruise.

Actually it was my wife and her friends through astronomy that wanted to go and I had absolutely no interest in cruising. They had to do a lot of arm twisting to get me on that cruise.

I can be a stubborn person and I was determined to have a bad time because I really did not want to go. The second I saw the ship I was hooked on cruising. It was an old ship, the SS Independence but to me I fell in love with the ship the second I saw her.

I had a great time and new I would cruise again. I did cruise the Independence again and still prefer her over the new ships.
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I owe it all to my in laws. They took the whole family on the Sovereign of the Seas in 1997 to celebrate their 50th anniversary.....that was all it took!
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Old April 9th, 2006, 03:53 PM
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my frist cruise was with my in-laws lets say it was't the greats but i get
hooked did a alot research and then i ask my mom if she wanted to go withme she said yes plan it together we had the best time we are now
planning our next cruise and we are hooked
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Old April 9th, 2006, 08:35 PM
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My DH worked in management for a large insurance company. They were giving a cruise to agents who sold a certain amount and someone cancelled. We were "invited" to go two weeks before the cruise!

We'd never cruised and it never occurred to me to look up "cruising" on the Internet. (This was a long time ago!)

We had no idea what we should pack or anything else about cruising. (I sure could have used this site then!)

We packed all the wrong things, but had a wonderful time (even though we were "stuck" with the company people )!

When we got home I couldn't wait to book our next cruise!

We've been cruising ever since,
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One day while leaving my job I overheard 2 girls talking about a cruise. I thought that sounded like fun and said so. They invited me to listen to the travel agent talk that weekend at one of their homes. I accepted. Before I left Ihad paid my deposit. I had no idea there were differences in ships. We were booked on the Festivale for the next February 25th., It was then April. I did no research at all because in 1982 I had no internet. I did have a Carnival brochure which I read over and over and it was dog eared and wrinkled long before that cruise. In the meantime I went shopping and was packing items as the time passed and I had been dieting. About a month before the cruise I was trying on some of the clothes. Most were huge!! I had to buy some new clothes and repack. I remember going to Miami the day before and we stayed at the Best Western at the airport. The next morning we were so excited we were on the first transport to the Port of Miami. I remember my first sight of the "huge" Festivale at the port. I was weeping. Embarkation was a nightmare but we did not mind. We were given a raft of forms to fill out and did so right there in the terminal. Finally after standing in lines labeled with letters, we all three had different lines as our last names were different. One by one as we were let through the door to the gangway we waited till all 3 of us were together. finally we walked on to the gangway and entered "our" ship. We happily posed for the photos. Many changes have taken place in the embarkation process and today it is much easier. I was "hooked on cruising" from then on.

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Well, my family and I wanted to try cruising so we looked at 3-4 night cruises first and then narrowed it down to which dates would be convenient for us. Heard only good reviews about RCCL so we decided to try out the Sovereign of the Seas, before the renovations. Driving over the causeway to the port, we were all staring in amazement at the size of the ship!! The first time seeing a cruise ship up close is absolutely breathtaking! We really didn't know what to do once we got on the ship but my parents are casino junkies so most of our time was spent there. This time though, I'm ready to explore everything the cruise ship has to offer. Last time we sort of just walked around aimlessly but i've done my research and I'm ready. I don't leave for another week and my checked bag is already packed, my carryon is also packed, all i have to add is my toothbrush, brush, and shampoo/conditioner!!! lol

I'm so excited!!

Oh, btw, we're going on Sovereign of the Seas again, 4/17, part of a family reunion cruise with 40 people!
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Not too exciting...I worked for an Travel Agency as the receptionist and we got comped cruises on Carnival for being the largest CCL selling agency in the region. Half of us went on weekend, the other half on the next. I had no choice, but I am glad I went. That was in Feb 1996 - I cruised again twice that year and got hooked, along with my parents and my best friend. The rest is history....

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My first cruise was in 1998. Our next door neighbors presented us with tickets in December 1997 and said "Merry Christmas". They were taking us on a cruise with them in February. It was the Sun Princess to the Western Caribbean. I was afraid I'd be seasick but wasn't and haven't been since. I was hooked then and wanted to figure out how to work on the ship.

Our neighbors moved back to Uruguay and we finally could afford to take a cruise of our own in 2001--Golden Princess to the Eastern Caribbean-our favorite cruise to date. Every year since then we have been cruising-Grand Princess, Zuiderdam, Caribbean Princess, Star Princess, and in November we will try the Carnival Legend to get to the Southern Caribbean.

Trevor sailed on the Flavia in the 1970's with his ex-wife, but nothing more up until 1998. But, he'd been aboard aircraft carriers in the Navy so began his love of the sea then.

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I was 28 and single. It was coming up to Thanksgiving. I had a couple of invitations to join co-workers and their families for Thanksgiving dinner. I HATE thanksgiving dinner.

I belonged to a last minute travel club. They had a cruise leaving for the week of thanksgiving. I booked it. Air tickets were fedexed and I left three days later on Britannis embarking in Montego Bay. I was put at a table of eight singles; all except me were from Canada. Had a wonderful time! Thanksgiving day we were in Colon, Panama and it was French Night....no turkey!!!!
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My first cruise was in 1991 on the Fantasy. It was a 3 day Bahamas cruise. I thought cruising sounded great because a coworker had just got back from her honeymoon on the Fantasy and raved about it. So, I went and I had a really bad time. For many different reasons, including the fact that it was August in the Bahamas (hot and humid) and too short and I had to so a single share with a incompatable roommate, I did not like the cruise. But I did like being out on the ocean.

So, in 1998, my Dad did an Alaska cruise/tour on the Statendam as a retirement gift from his bosses. He LOVED it (except for flying.) So, I really wanted to go to Alaska on a cruise. So, this time (1999) I went to a cruise only TA who listened to me and my previous experience. She made a recommendation of the Sea Princess on her maiden Alaska voyage. And that is where my love of cruising started!

14 cruises later (13 of them since 1999) with 2 more on the books and an open booking, I'm always looking for deals and itineraries that interest me.
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First cruise was Festivale, 1984, then ten years later NCL Windward (sweet ship). The next year Windward again out of P.R. with the in-laws. Since then one or two cruises a year. December was Jewel of the Seas and Sept. will be #19 the new Crown Princess. Money spent: never mind, the memories we have make it all worthwhile. I was one lady who loved my in-laws and they came on every cruise. We miss them and will always remember fil always saying "book em Dano". Never asked where or which ship!

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My first cruise was actually 10 days at sea - Los Angeles to the Tahiti.

But I was working on the ship, so I didn't even think about the cruising aspect of it so much. Looking back, 10 days at sea is about the longest I have ever heard of anyone being at sea, but it was my first cruise so I just thought that was normal.
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