How did you get interested in cruising?

What first sparked your interest in cruising vacations?  Did you know after your first that it would become a lifelong habit that you would not want to kick?


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In our case, my parents cruised a number of times with a group of good friends so I had a good impression of it since around high school. My sister and BiL got bitten by the bug first. Finally, we decided to do a cruise honeymoon which departed from Boston. That was it. We were planning our next voyage not long after we returned. Then every year at least once since 2004(ish).

Cruising is something that I had always dreamed about. I finally got to do it on my honeymoon and new that I would be back. Unfortunately, it took me another 18 years for everything to come together to be able to do it. I now go at least once per year.

For Monique and I it was our 30th anniversary that prompted the cruise. Monique had cruised before with her Mom and sisters and I had only been on the ocean in large navy vessels.

Our first cruise was a long trip to Hawaii and back to L.A. It was also the first real holiday we had ever taken in 30 years, so it was kind of important.

Our target was ever odd year, and we did that 2009, 2011, 2013, but the economy and time frames collapsed here for 2015 and 2017.. so we are booked for the cruise in January of 2018.. and we will see what happens after.

I read a common theme of romance and special occasion in our respective stories, BDRebel and Johngold.


We were involved at the time with a group that enjoyed Country/western dancing. Our instructors floated an idea of taking a seven day cruise, which they would provide instruction during the cruise. We signed up and fell in love with cruising. The dance group is a distant memory, but our cruising is still going strong!

Two loves of my life -- the sea and my wife -- even better togetherLove

As a kid, I watched the Love Boat. Cruising seemed like such a glamorous thing, and I never dreamed that one day I would be cruising on a regular basis.

My kids wanted to take a family cruise and were going to make it our Christmas gift. I didn't want to go at all since I know that I get seasick on anything that moves on the water, but I agreed to go once to please the kids and DH. By that time, our two oldest girls had given up on Mom and started their families. In May, 2013 DH, youngest DD, and I went on a five day out of Port Canaveral on the Ecstasy. I was hooked from the moment I stepped on the ship and looked up in the atrium. Bonine takes care of my seasickness and I am the worst cruise addict of our entire extended family.

The family cruise finally happened in 2015, and we are planning another for 2017.

My sister worked on a couple of different cruise ships back in the late 70s and early 80s, but as a young family we couldn't afford to cruise with her, even at the cheap family rate. For years I tried to convince my new husband to cruise but he thought we'd be bored since we aren't party animals, yet he loves boating. Finally I convinced him to try a short cruise and then complete our spring vacation in Florida where we always go. He agreed, and loved it! We've only cruised 4 times so far due to the distance to the cruise port and our preference for vacationing in the warm climates in the late winter or early spring.

First while in my late teens my parents discovered cruises and enjoyed a number of them. Then a few years later when I was much younger and in a different life a friend had interested my wife and I in a cruise together but that fell through when the travel agency went under and there was a lot of negative fallout. After that cruising was not on my radar untill I remarried 10 years ago. My wife had cruised a few times and wanted to go on a cruise for our honeymoon. So we booked a 10 night and I was hooked. From the start of that cruise till the present day I am always thinking of our next cruise.

I was finishing my first year of grad school, and a friend from undergrad that lived in Jersey who has been a long time cruiser with his parents on just about every line messaged me and asked if I wanted to join him and his parents... I had to pay the 1,000 and get a passport, but I didn't know any better so I said hell yeah!

The next year I was surprisingly invited back! I loved it the first time, so I said yeah!

After that I finished my degree, and needed to get a job, which I did, relocated to MD, and had about an 8 year hiatus until I was invited by my BF's parents... and the obsession was re-sparked.


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