Most vivid memories (positive ones)

I was dwelling on nice memories from my cruises, the wonderful people I've met, staff members that went out of their way to make the trip great, sites seen, and places visited. 

 

What are some specific, vivid, and positive memories that you have from past cruises?  (Try to keep them upbeat.  Stories about the cruise were the ship was torpedo'd and the sharks ate everyone but you should be shared in another thread.)

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For me, the time spent with my son on our numerous cruises is priceless.  At this point in both of our lives (mid 30s and mid 60s), it's probably the last thing either one of us ever dreamed we'd be doing together but the laughter and experiences we shared still bring a smile to my face.

The meals with strangers that made us exchange "the look", the excursions to strange places and seeing new things, sitting on the deck and watching the world go by - dreaming our individual dreams and sharing them with each other, tossing our bad memories and grief into the sea and replacing with good thoughts and energy...We are way too busy and distracted in our normal day to day lives to experience the peacefulness of the sea ,,,

I'd joked with him when cruising that long after I'm gone, he would remember our cruise days and know that somewhere I was cruising through the ocean in heaven... When he had the ER scare yesterday, I couldn't help but think that we never know what tomorrow brings ...

Being on a cruise and grabbing that brief respite from traffic, annoying people, frustrating jobs and hectic lives is a true luxury we share!

The moment I stepped onboard Carnival Ecstasy and looked up in the atrium.  I was hooked.

One memory is of the time I won big on a slot machine in the casino on a Carnival ship.  While the machine was emptying out all of its coins, my name was chosen among all those who filled out the survey at the end of the cruise at an event in the main theater.  Since I was in the casino, I couldn't accept my $50 in the theater.  We are not usually so lucky. 

I have found the ships to me amazing and the places we have been beautiful, but my favorite memories always include family and friends. My wife and I cruise fairly often with just us and have a wonderful time, but we really like it when the kids and a bunch of other family members come with us.

DVCruise - not pasting your whole response above, but that is probably one of the best responses I have yet to read on this website. Touching, heartfelt, honest. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

 

Glenn

Thanks for sharing that with us Debbie.  I was touched by that.  It was beautiful.

The first thought and image was of our first cruise as we walked around on the Carnival Holiday.  My DH and I held hands and strolled the open decks while the sounds of the ocean made all seem right with the world.  Another is the cruise with my parents.  My Dad lit up and wanted to show us the things on the ship there were similar to the ships he sailed in WWII. he started sharing his life from that time which he never had before.  I have a photo of him from that cruise that shows him so happy.and healthy.

Glad you enjoyed my post ... material things come and go but memories last forever ....

Well said Debbie. The times you've cruised with your son are very special and  you will both cherish those memories forever. 

 

My favourite, most memorable time was when we were walking off the ship after our first cruise and my husband put his arm around me and asked, with a huge smile " well Babe, when are we cruising again?" It had taken me over 15 yrs of coaxing to get him to finally agree to a short 4 day cruise, and he loved it!

My last cruise was one that I will remember for the magic and unforgettable one. 

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