Remember your very first cruise?

All that bout cruise ship blunders got me to thinking...most blunders are probably caused by first time cruisers...out of innocent ignorance....remember your first one?? how you felt??  a bit dazed and confuzzled?  I sure do...all of the above...in spades...where?? who?? how?? when??  then I kept coming back for more!!!

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Thanks for triggering a wonderful memory!  Our first cruise was in October 1998 on the Carnival Holiday.   I won the cruise using the "discount" card at our local grocery store co-sponsored by a local oldies radio station (50's & 60's music). We flew out with 12 other winners (and their plus one), some folks who bought tickets, and the radio personalities for a total of 30 people, none of which we knew.  We were in awe of the size and scope of the ship. We had the time of our lives and booked our next cruise for April 1999, as soon as we arrived home. By the way; the prize was done right with a bottle of "champagne" in the cabin, t-shirts, an oldies party, air fare included, chocolate covered strawberries, and lots of little things. We've ordered the "champagne" for each sailing since then.Wink

Now THAT was epic, considering how it turned out...the most expensive free cruise in history!!!!!!! good stuff!!!!

My husband says that frequently!  Love

It was 1988 on the Carnival Tropicale. A small quaint ship, 36,000 tons. The men over 6' had to duck under the doorway. You could shoot skeet off the back of the ship(I have pictures), also hit golf balls. The cruise director was the entertainment. He rode a unicyle while juggling to the music of his boombox, with a low ceiling. My how times have changed. If you caught a fish in port, you could bring it back, have the chef cook it and eat in the dining room. We we're hooked after that. 30 years later been on 54 cruises of which 52 are Carnival. Two of three children grew up to work for Carnival.

Carnival Holiday October 2001. 25th anniversary. Had no idea what to expect. It was Southern Caribbean from San Juan. we had never been anywhere really. Just local around California. Loved San Juan and was overwhelmed by it's beauty. When we saw the ship, we were in awe. And wondered how we would survive on something like that for a week. We had 5 or 6 stops stops. It rained in 3 of them. I Loved it anyways. I live in the desert so not a big rain person. lol. Then didn't cruise again until 2005. Since then we have taken 20 cruises with 2 more booked. Cannot imagine what I was ever thinking by not cruising. Still like smaller ships too, 

First cruise was June 24 1996 on RCCL Viking Serenade 4 night Baja cruise out of Los Angeles.  I liked it so much 2nd cruise was December 15, 1996 on RCCI Song Of America.  An addiction was born and 25 cruises later I'm still addicted to cruising.

I love it, when in response to a "your first cruise" question a War ll vet chimes in and notes his first cruise was in 1943 on the USS Saratoga at Quadalcanal or something like that.     Our first cruise was in 1990 right after Princess bought out Sitmar, and we were on Sitmar's ship, by then the "Fair Princess", Italian crew, Italian ship, Italian everything. An old Italian was our room steward and had been a room steward since the beginning of time, he waited on my wife hand and foot throughout the entire one week voyage. Talk about days of yore. She still raves about that.  

Our first one was scheduled for about 6 months in advance or so...about 2-3 weeks b4 we were supposed to leave, she went for her annual mammo...and they found a tiny something...so small when it was biopsied they said they got it all,and since it was so early a diagnoses, the plan was to do a lumpectomy and hammer it with chemo and radiation....her oncologist told her it was ok to cruise and theyd do it when we got back...needless to say, her head was in a pretty ugly place, but she insisted...adamant, we were going...fine...we went, I can't explain where her head was on that cruise...I don't think she even remembers most of it...she went thru the journey (and I don't mean the cruise)...and everything is fine...I surprised her a year later...same ship, SAME BALCONY ROOM, she freaked......we never quit cruising...its now years and years later, cancer free...and we do the thing at least 2, and usually 3 times a year since then, sometimes we don't even care where the ship is going, or if we've done it b4 ...we met some incredible people on THAT journey, and we're picky about who we pal around with on board...we don't go with other people, but socializing isn't hard....there's survivors of something or other all over...

Wonderful story Yankee, thanks for sharing.

I really believe that my love of ocean sailing and hence cruising comes from when I was very young. My folks were from Kansas and Nebraska but had moved to Alaska in the 1930s. In fact, Dad came first, he was a pilot and got hired by a local company at Cordova, they were engaged but didn't get married until she came to join him a year later. It was the heart of the great depression at that time. 

 

They only way to go south to visit next of kin in those days, from the Territory, was via steamship using the port of Seattle. Alaska Steamship. It took about a week from Cordova to get to Seattle since the ship also carried cargo and had to stop at many Southeast ports, like Ketchikan, on the way. I can't recall much detail regarding my first trips with my Mom and Dad since I was very young. But whenever I first board a cruise ship the smells of the galley and dining room along with the salt air, varnished teak, etc all distinctly remind me of that era in my life. The one voyage I remember well was in 1949, which was the last one as air transports were taking over  the long hall passenger business. At that time we sailed on Alaska Steamship's SS Aleutian going south and the SS Alaska when we returned at the end of summer. 

 

I believe I was on possibly four, for sure at least three, trips south prior to 1949. My brother was born in 1944 in York, Nebraska since Dad had sent Mom and I down there due the Japanese who had occupied Attu and Kiska in the Aleutians and Dad along with most Alaskans was worried that they would move further east and possible isolate Alaska. Dad flew for a war contractor so he couldn't leave. 

 

Hope these turn out. #1 the Alaska Steamship SS Yukon which I was on when younger and #2 Mom's tickets to Alaska that Dad sent her and the one they sent Dad to get him up here. Dad didn't have hardly any money and used it for the train to Seattle. He figured he wasn't going to eat on the way to Cordova. But much to his surprise discovered the tickets covered three squares each day.

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