Look Back

Look back and try to remember your first cruise.  Ours was over 20 years ago, so it's a little tough.  Now, look back at your most recent cruise.. Were you just as excited as you were preparing for your first ?  Were you just as thrilled during the latest one ?  Were you disappointed to get off. I mean really upset like you were the first time ?

I'm guessing probably not. We find more faults now. We know not everything is perfect. We actually look at certain things in awe ( not good awe either ).  What newbies find amazing, we think back to how things were. Take the food for example.  If you've been on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, even NCL, can you say the food was spectacular?  We love Norwegian, but sometimes the food is blasé.  Better than Carnival, but not HAL or Princess.  Carnival ? meh. I don't go on vacation to find meatloaf and Mac & cheese on the menu.

Now that I've depressed you.....enjoy your next cruise

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My first cruise was back in the'80s.  Our family sailed on the Carnival Mardi Gras.  We had a ball and love cruising.  We are still cruising sometimes on Carnival still.  Thanks for bringing back happy memories.

My first cruise was back in 1996 on the RCI Viking Serenade and it was AWESOME,  the 4 nights were over before we knew it.   I booked a 2nd longer cruise about a month after I home, an addiction was born.  I cruised 1 or 2 times a year when I could depending on my career.   Now that I'm semi retired I have gone to longer cruises mixed with land time (no point going to Europe for just a 10 night cruise so I make it into a month long trip) Last year I could only get time for quick trips so I did 4 of them.

I hated getting off of every ship I had been on except the NCL Star,  bad food, bad service and bad ship lay out.  I even hated getting off of the Carnival Glory that had pretty good food and service other then at the guest relations desk.

I have found Celebrity to be more of what cruising used to be,  the class of the ship, food, service and the level of fellow passengers. I prefer a line that does not have a lot of children on the ship.

I will keep cruising because for me there is nothing like being on a ship,  the water relaxes me and puts me into a peaceful place that I do not find on land resorts.

2003. Norwegian Majesty out of Boston to Bermuda.

The ship was an old tub but it was our honeymoon and we loved every minute of it.  We had originally planned Montreal, Toronto, Quebec but the SARS outbreak curtailed that. My sister mentioned the cruise option and we booked it.  There were some issues with the ship that even novice cruisers like us could not help but notice... specifically, they had elongated the ship to add staterooms but did not enlarge any of the common area facilities such as pool deck space, the theatre or dining rooms.  Needless to say, every place was so crowded that it was barely tolerable. 

Despite all of that, we had a fabulous time and it initiated us into the cruising habit... which persists to this day!

We started on the Holiday. We met some really nice people at dinner. At the time, she was the largest of the Carnival fleet. That was back in 1992.  Our second was the Norway. That was old world glamour as far as cruising went.

Our last cruise was in October on the Splendor.   I'll take the Holiday or the Norway anyway.

Our first cruise was a 7 day on the Carnival Jubalee, the in 96 a four day on the Viking Serenade, Jusme I wonder if we were in at the same time. 49 cruises late I still get excited when I'm going and do not want to leave.

My first cruise was the SS Norway, departed Port of Miami Oct 2nd 1999.  I was about age 42 or so at the time, but had travelled the world extensively before this, yet was my first cruise.  I loved it!!! and I have done 7 more cruises since then.  Have done a couple of land vacations in between, but by far I enjoy cruises the most.  I am most definitely hooked on cruising.

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