Time to Review........Your Very First Cruise

think back to your first cruise. Before the inter web was available. Now, write a review for others to read.    This is gonna be hard.

1992 / Carnival Holiday :    Oh man this ship is huge. The food is delicious. Found out on day three you can have seconds ( and thirds, and fourths ). We were seated with this lovely couple from Cleveland. It was their first cruise too. The cabin is a little......cozy.......but who cares ? We're never there. Ricks Cafe seems to be the one place everyone hangs out. The midnight grand buffet is amazing. These chefs really are artists.

We were sure our luggage would not show up at our cabin, but somehow it did.  The Caribbean water is so blue....not like the NY Atlantic.   Who the hell buys art from a cruise ship ?  I think there was someone in our cabin last night. I went to the bathroom at about 3 am. When I came back, the bed was made !  ( ha ha ). That seems to be a running joke around here. I don't get it though.  There is another one about the photographers, but I can't remember it.  I won $50 in the casino. Too bad I lost $200.

Although we loved the cruise, I don't know if we'll ever take another. 2000 people in one place is a bit much for us.

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June 24, 1996 Viking Serenade 4 night Baja Mexico Cruise. After listening to my parents for the last 30 years talking about how great cruising is I had to give it a try. This was my first vacation since starting a new career 6 years earlier.

Parking in San Pedro was no problem and getting on the ship went quick less then an hour. Wow, the service, we were escorted to our cabin and when we got to it found out we were upgraded to an outside cabin with a big window. The cabin was small but big enough for two of us and clothing for a week. Before we could unpack the cabin steward stopped by to introduce himself and see if we needed anything.

Lunch was great in the buffet and drinks from the bar were good and strong.

After lunch we walked around the ship, it is huge with lots of bars and public rooms, the view from the Viking Crown lounge were great and 360 degree's

After the life boat drill standing on the sun for 1/2 hour we went to dress for dinner. When we got to the dining room we were escorted to our table, nice table mates who were all experienced cruisers. Dinner was fantastic and I can order as much as I want and not extra charge (mom told me about this, Cake, Pie and Ice cream)

Had a blast with the shows, bars and entertainment.

It was all my parents said it would be and more. Great food, fun and relaxation. I can't wait to book a longer longer cruise and go again.

2003 Norwegian Majesty Boston to Bermuda. It was our honeymoon so the fact that it was a old ship with outdated, undersized facilities did not matter. It did spur us to the realization that details of the ship are extremely important to know before booking a trip. We originally planned to go to Canada on our honeymoon but an untimely SARS outbreak caused us to rethink that plan so at the last minute we booked this because it departed from our hometown. As a result of this experience, we started down the road to cruise addiction - happily.

Carnival Mardi Gras 1980s - the ship looked so big to us. The kids were as excited as were we. After our speedy check-in, there was a professional photographer right before we boarded. He snapped our photo right under a floral arch that had the name of our ship on it. We have to buy that photo I told my husband. When would we ever get such a unique photo of us to show our family back home.

We were getting a bit nervous. Did we bring the right clothes? Soon we were in our inside cabin. It seemed so small with the four of us in there. Our steward came by to introduce himself. He explained that he would put down the kids' bunk beds while we were at dinner. We went to the buffet and there was so much food to choose from. The trays made carrying the food easier. We finally found a table. After eating, we toured the ship. I had to keep checking the deck plan.

Finally we returned to our cabin and all our luggage was there. We didn't have time to unpack much before we all had to don our life jackets for the safety drill. Dinner was wonderful. Another couple was supposed to eat with us but they never showed. Our server was so attentive to the kids. The show that night was fun but we were too tired from the early plane ride down to Florida to really enjoy it.

After our first day, we only saw our son at mealtimes or on shore. He found some friends that he hung out with. Our daughter, three years older also found a couple of girls but she only spent pool time with them. We all laughed that our pool at home was bigger than the ship's pool.

Our ports in the Caribbean were great. The water was so warm and the prettiest shade of Aqua. We hired taxis to take us to the beaches. The kids loved snorkeling with their snorkling masks, and fins that we brought from home. For our daughter, I t took awhile to get used to the fact that there were fish in the water. She wasn't too happy about that. Nassau was uncrowded and St. Thomas was our favorite.

Although the kids wanted to go to the midnight buffet, they were too tired to stay awake. Our steward told us to go one night as he would keep an eye on the kids. It was the Chocolate Extravaganza and I took so many photos. I hoped my pictures came out. I can't wait to have them processed. We bought several ship photos from the photographer who seemed to be always around us. Thank goodness we bought those photos because many years later we got credit for that cruise and several other cruises that we took in the 80s because the professional photo which had the name of the ship printed in the corner. Even the captain posed with our family. Boy were we impressed with that. Wonder who was driving the ship?

At the end of our cruise, the kids wanted to know when they could cruise again. We only had to pay $99 for each of them so we said next year for sure.

1995 Carnival Jubalee, 7 day Mexican Rivera cruise. Could not believe how beautiful the ship was. First night at dinner could not decide between two entrees. Waiter said you can have them both.

From then on two entrees every night ( thank goodness I've outgrown that). Where I can not remember our waiters name our asst waiter was Robert. Absolutely fantastic. Took care of us at dinner and for breakfast in the Lido. Robert set the bar nod very view have measured up to his service. ( don't get me wrong I very rarely get bad service).

The three ports were ok, I could not get over the ship! 49 cruises later I feel the same way when I board. The bug bit me hard.


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