For me is cruising a perfect way, to forget my normal live at home.
I´m a business owner and have so many things to organize and to decide so many things for other people.
Then, being on a cruise its only me and my husband, everything is relaxing, everything would be done for you.
You have mostly a wonderful crew, they want you to have the vacation of your life. You get a breakfirst with omelets, specially made for your taste. You have time, can talk to nice people (or not). The only decisions you have to make are: what to wear, what to eat, what to do in port or on board. But there is no pressure.
And then the dinner is for us the highlight of the day. Served perfectly from great people, doing their best for you. And again, the only thing you have to do, is to decide what you like and to show the crew, that you appreciate their service for you and that you are pleased.
And when you go to bed, you know, the next morning you will be at another wonderful place and you have nothing to organize.
I hope, you understand, why cruising is a obsession for me and for everyone, who have done that. You are getting addicted.
A cruise is the most relaxing vacation I've ever taken. Your responsibilities end the moment you unpack your clothes. From that moment on, you are pampered, fed, entertained and generally spoiled rotten. A cruise is a marvelous hotel that moves around and deposits you at wonderful destinations. At the end of each day, you come "home", dress up and go to supper and a show. You sleep like babies and wake up to a new adventure each morning.
On our first cruise, my husband and I had photographs taken. They were all really good. But the funny thing was that in each new photograph, we looked younger and more relaxed. It was so noticeable that our friends at home could put the photos in order.
I especially like cruises because you can do what you enjoy. You don't have to stay with the group. My mother-in-law can play bingo, my sister-in-law can lie by the solarium pool, I can listen to the band, and my husband can work out or go to the casino. We meet at a pre-arranged spot for lunch and we're all so happy. We might spend the day together or we might go our separate ways, but we all have a blast and no one feels guilty for doing what pleases him or her. If I want to sit on the balcony and read one day, no one minds because I haven't ruined their day. Or if my husband decides to spend the afternoon watching a movie and taking a nap, I'm not mad at him. I think it's cute and I'm off to do something that I enjoy.
I suppose my most meaningful moment on a cruise was the first night on our first balcony. I stepped outside into the vast blackness of the sea and sky and I was just blown away. Every inch of the ship was lit up, yet the light vanished quickly into the blackness. The stars overhead were visible like none I had ever seen. I felt so small but so much a part of everything. The beauty of this part of the earth was just incredible, and far, far more enormous than I had ever imagined.
Great question, but I have so many to choose from!
-There's watching a Hawaiian sunset on my balcony.
-Having a cup of coffee on the faintail, in total solitude early in the morning (just me and the ocean).
-Watching my daughter beam as she ordered her first "full-course grown-up" meal by herself.
-Ordering room service then leaving the bathroom in disarray/towels on the floor and spending the day doing nothing but lounging at the pool (knowing when I return my cabin will be spotless).
-Relaxing for hours in a thallasotherapy pool.
-Learning how to do "The Dollar Dance" and not caring who saw me.
-Meeting people that have become my "best friends".
-Traveling to exotic destinations, being immersed in cultural diversity and embracing new experiences.
I have many more, but I think you get the idea!
I guess I am like the rest that I could list many things but here are just a few.
...Nothing can beat when you take someone with you that has never cruised before the looks on their faces as they are so amazed at the awesome grandeur of a large ship as she glides through the water, the looks on my kids faces as they encounter new cultures and beautiful exotic destinations.
......If I'm spending alot of money I want to be served on a silver platter on vacation and that is exacting what cruising is."wining and dining!"
.......I'm with Nancy, LOVE the early mornings on the balcony when its still a little foggy and the sun is just beginning to rise as I sit on my balcony with my husband and sip hot coffee and tea.
.......Love the rocking of the waves as I fall asleep at night.
Carnival Freedom June 2009
Crown Princess March 2009
Carnival Glory January 2008
Naviagator of the Seas Mar 07
Sovereign of Seas Oct 06
Carnival Glory March 2005
Nordic Empress 1996
…. Watching a very active lightning storm on Celebrity's Zenith when sitting in the Jacuzzi on the aft fantail late at night. There was kind of a special feeling about it all.
…. Spending the entire night in the Jacuzzi.
…. Watching my son and his Grand Mother dancing one last time during Captain’s night.
…. Catching perfect 10 foot surf at Zippers in Cabo while on a cruise.
…. My first visit to Istanbul
…. My first cruise on the “Spirit of London” somewhere in the early 1970’s
…. Too many to list
My best memory on a cruise is watching the views from the ship. I remember looking at the ocean and seeing its deep sapphire blue color. I remember watching the sun setting below the horizon. I remember at night when there was a full moon and seeing it's shimering reflexion on the sea. And all the stars and their brilliance above. I really enjoyed those simple things on my cruise.
I keep reading these and trying to think if any of my favorite memories are fit to print. They are not. Part of one is: the wind coming through the wide open balcony door at night during rough seas. That was unbelievable. Crazy wind and the boat tossing.
Another one was when my #2 son dragged #3 son (they are both 150 lbs +) off of a bunk using knotted Camp Carnival lanyards. Ditto when one kid tried to jump from one bunk to the next while remaining lateral so he wouldn't bump his head. Didn't work. Stealing bunk ladders also fun.
GOOD TIMES! I have about 20 great memories just sitting here and I am LMAO.
Baked Alaska and watching "Day of the Jackal" four times in an empty theatre on QE2 when I was 11. Looking outside and seeing the Carla C- my name.
The best part about cruising for me is the freedom. And the thrill. And the dolphin and flying fish escorts.