Well I was not excited about the first cruise, (August 2003) because I really didn’t want to go, but went because my sister was retiring and she wanted to go and she would not go without me. (Inside Passage to Alaska) Let me tell you…. First we had to have a balcony….. Why because we are both a little large and if the ship was going down we BOTH could not fit through a porthole. (This was my thinking)
Second, if we were going down we could jump from the balcony and not get caught in the stairwells like on the Titanic.
? And third I wanted to be sure I could ALWAYS see land. Well the first night out, I get up early in the am, and I can not see land. So I woke up my sister and stared out to see for a very long time.
We made it back and I was not going on another cruise.
Until the high school class reunion was in Oct 2005 to Mexico. Again she came with me along with a high school friend, and we had to have a mini-suite with a balcony because now we had 3 that could not fit through those little port holes,
and climbing out of a window was too much trouble. . Again I got up in the middle of the night to check the land……it was there, a little later it wasn’t, and then it was.
So I went up to the pool deck and saw land on both sides of the ship. Hummmm we were floating off Catalina Island in a circle and I could see the lights of Catalina and the shore of the mainland.
So now in May I am back on another cruise of the Baltic’s and like you do more research than most, could give tours myself when we get off the ship. ? My mother always said the planning is the most fun of the trip! Have a wonderful time….. Enjoy the wonderful pictures you are finding, take lots of extra money the spa’s are wonderful especially the days at sea.
Oh by the way, my next summer we will to Alaska, then off to the Antarctic in the winter. So once you get the cruise-bug I guess it doesn’t go away!
Originally posted by Nita:
I am a first time cruiser am I crazy or am I not the only person in the world, who think about my upcoming cruise so much till I canot contain myself. I am always looking at pitures at work of different people who have been on cruises and I am always on this board. I have 5 months left and all I can think about is getting to the point of leaving, if I didn't think it was crazy I would start packing right now just to help me get through the next 5 months. What do other people do to past their time away?? We booked last September was real excited then and could not contain my self;l then the holidays came and it kind o f wore down a little, got a laptop for christmas and have been looking into different things about the cruise. Now I am on the site so much and looking at pictures everyday by the time I cruise I will know everything their is to know and the ship backwards and forwards I look at the website and study it soo much. Plese help me to think of something to do to pass these last 5 months away and am I crazy or do other cruisers go thru this. This is my first cruise am I way over to excited. HELP HELP ME!!!!
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