Discovered cruising on a 60th-birthday-gift cruise, and can't imagine why we never did it before! Loved the whole experience. I have seen so many people on here say "It is what you make of it", and that's so true - our first cruise was a fantastically smooth 7-night on Freedom of the Seas - multiple "FOS veterans" said that they could not believe how perfect the weather was; our second cruise was a 4-night Bahamas on Enchantment of the Seas that was diverted twice by Hurricane Joaquin (and rocked pretty good on the way back to Port Canaveral!) - but we had a blast on both!
Even though we were diverted by Hurricane Joaquin (from Nassau to Freeport, and then unable to tender to Coco Cay), we had a blast. Captain Tony, Cruise Director Mark and staff kept everyone up-to-date (had a new Cruise Compass reflecting our "At Sea" Day printed in record time), and plenty of activities to keep us occupied. The sailing was fairly smooth until the last night (when, obviously, we couldn't change course since we had to return to Port Canaveral), but even that was not overly rough. Absolutely no complaints - can't control the weather, can only make the best of it! (so good, we booked our next cruise while onboard!!)
This was a 60th birthday gift and what a wonderful experience - we looked at each other at least once a day and said "How have we not ever done this before?" Seeing multiple locations while your "hotel room" travels with you, great food, great staff, great entertainment, all awesome. We traveled with another couple and had no problems finding plenty to do together and separately. I think the only negative (and it's small and I really had to think about it!) was the lack of cell service - we were prepared to be out-of-contact with "home" while we were sailing, but local (on-board) communications would have been really helpful for coordination, and we have gotten really used to looking things up at the drop of a hat...so, looking forward to sailing on the new "smart" ships!!
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