for us, I think it was a friend who was a TA. We were at a party and we started talking about vacations, and the costs. She pointed out that Carnival was not expensive, even with the air fare ( this was 1992 ). So, a week later, we were booked onto the Holiday. Our second cruise was on the Norway. We have never looked back.
What convinced you to take your first cruise ?
My wife new I was very Pro Resort land vacay and our best friends from NewFoundland were going on a cruise that year. She got all the details and I was very apprehensive but booked anyways and said I would give it a shot. From the first hour on the ship I was hooked and new this was how I would vacay from here on out. :)
I was in the Navy floating on a "tin can" (destroyer) for 4 years, and I told my wife never again on a ship. Soooo on our 35th anniversary she convinced me to go on a cruise. Went on the Carnival Conquest and I have been hooked ever since. A cruise ship is different than a warship I learned.
I always wanted to try it. My wonderful husband was dead set against it and said "no, no, NO and stop asking!" Then in 1998 I won a cruise through our local grocery store. I said I was going and I would be happy to take my Mother if he wanted to stay home. He said he would go and the rest is history. He had a wonderful time and he was finally in a job that insisted on him taking a vacation (he rarely did while on active duty), so it became an easy sell.
I had a Lady friend back in the early 80`s , she was a travel agent , she got me hooked on cruising
I went to a travel agent to help me plan my honeymoon. She suggested a "cruise vacation on the new Carnival ship Sensation -- one of the biggest in the fleet".
How could I refuse?
(Although it took nearly 20 years to get back on board due to finances and life, we were hooked from that moment on.
We had been doing Hawaii for two decades, sometimes twice a winter. We were getting Hawaiied out and were sitting around wondering what we were going to do for the winter of 1989-90. We wondered about these here "cruise ships" you hear so much about, plus the TV had the "Love Boat" on all the time. So, we asked our TA who knew nothing about cruising. She gave me a couple of schedules, one was Princess. I called them, got a lot of detail, gave it to the TA and told her to book us. It was one week on the Mexican Riviera. Liked it so much the next winter we did two weeks, San Juan to Acapulco on the original Royal Princess. Never booked less than two weeks since.
Price. Back in the 80s, it was the cheapest way to take the family on vacation. We paid $100 for each child airfare included. My husband & I paid $199 pp airfare included.We were on the Mardi Gras, the first Carnival cruise ship and it was an experience.
It was the best way to see several locations in Alaska in a short amount of time. We booked a cruise for our 30th anniversary in 2016. We went on our second cruise also to Alaska in 2017 and we are now booked for 2018 to a different destination. We are hooked. Once a year for now until we retire, then who knows .....
My sister and some friends decided to go on a cruise on the Mardi Gras, then the Delphi, and had such a great time, my sister applied for work on a ship. She was hired by Strand Cruiselines out of Toronto, and worked for several years on the Vera Cruz as a cruise assistant and First Purser. I always wanted to cruise, but finances wouldn't allow it for several years. We finally went on one 4 day cruise, but the family wasn't sold on it like I was. Fast forward several years, and I finally convinced hubby #2 to cruise and we loved it. He was convinced we wouldn't enjoy it since we don't drink alcohol or gamble, but soon found out he was wrong. Now we love to combine a land vacation along with a cruise to get the most fun out of our yearly vacation.
Growing up my parents went on "the Love Boat" the original Pacific Princess in the 70's and they got hooked. They would do one a year until dad retired and then they did a few a year. After seeing the photos and hearing them talk about cruising I gave it a try in 1996 on the Viking Serenade from L.A. to Baja and an addiction was born. Since then I have done 1 to 4 a year when I can find friends with time off and $ to go.