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    #16
    It started with a "school cruise" on the Dunera in '65 to the Fjords for 14 days. We were even allowed to stay up until 01;00 to witness the midnight sun near Hammerfest.

    A few years later, it was 2 weeks on the Uganda to Madeira and the Azores.

    Then nothing for years, until 2007 when our two children decided to do their own thing and I had QE2 on my bucket list, so went off to our local TA, who advised that a 17 day trip to Venice and back would be a nice introduction. She then asked me what category I would like. I had no idea, so she said that knowing me, a P1 would be about right.

    I went off home to tell me wife the good news and was expecting hugs and kisses. Wrong! Apparently I should have asked her first as she had "nothing to wear". When she calmed down, we agreed that she should buy something to wear. She did. We went. Had a great time, but whilst we were on board, another couple said to us if we were spending such a lump of money on PG, why not go a bit further and book QG next time.

    Our first time:





    We booked QG for 2008 on QE2 again. Our worst mistake.

    Now, 22 sailings in QG later, and tens of thousands poorer, we have another two in the pipeline.

    We sailed two weeks on Ventura, but decided P & O wasn't a patch on Cunard.

    Stewart

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      #17
      I was forced into it!😀
      It was the family holiday as my Dad thought it was the best holiday going.Despite being very seasick in my early years I was hooked and thankfully grew out of the seasickness in my teenage years.My OH likes them but is not as obsessed as me and my 3 children loved them as kids but only my son is really as keen as me.
      Even as a child,I loved being in a different port every day and I lived the kids club too.As I got a bit older I appreciated the opportunity to be more adventurous with food choices.
      Just writing about it and hearing other people's stories makes me desperate to go on one!

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        #18
        ours was a last minute one, went into TA and she said there was a cruise going tomorrow, Thomson Celebration Red Sea area, ran home, packed and got to cardiff airport for 07.00 next morning to get to Sharm-el-Sheik, when we left there was thick snow on the ground and when we were coming into land people were putting summer gear on! Totally fell in love, didnt even get off the boat that week, was gutted when they bought disembarkation letters round, When we got home I just relived every minute of the cruise, two days later in the village they were offering a real cheapie, QE balcony 12 nights iberia £599, didnt even know where Iberia was but I was in there like a rat up a drainpipe... I am totally in love with cruising and have REALLY missed it this year x x Heather x x

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          #19
          Originally posted by ev'n'clive, HENGOED View Post
          ours was a last minute one, went into TA and she said there was a cruise going tomorrow, Thomson Celebration Red Sea area, ran home, packed and got to cardiff airport for 07.00 next morning to get to Sharm-el-Sheik, when we left there was thick snow on the ground and when we were coming into land people were putting summer gear on! Totally fell in love, didnt even get off the boat that week, was gutted when they bought disembarkation letters round, When we got home I just relived every minute of the cruise, two days later in the village they were offering a real cheapie, QE balcony 12 nights iberia £599, didnt even know where Iberia was but I was in there like a rat up a drainpipe... I am totally in love with cruising and have REALLY missed it this year x x Heather x x
          We did the Iberian Peninsula last year on Jewel OTS. Started in Amsterdam, finished in Barcelona. Loved it.

          Barb

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            #20
            The idea came after we had been on holiday for 16 days in Egypt which bye the way one of the best holidays we have ever had. We spent 8 days sailing up and down the Nile and each day we went on a tour which we thought was brilliant. The other thing we enjoyed was meeting and socialising with other people on the boat of an evening. A few weeks after we returned home we started to chat about a cruise ship holiday due to enjoying the boat so much in Egypt. We booked a cruise on the Cunard Countess for 14 days in the Caribbean and absolutely loved it and the rest is history.

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              #21
              For us it was quite by accident. I had picked up some holiday brochures and was browsing through the Airtours one for an October hotel break in the sun. Inside was an insert about Airtours cruises called Suncruises...so I started reading. It had never crossed my mind to try a cruise, we had spent much of the the 90’s on trips to the US and doing long driving/touring holidays and had loved them all.

              So we booked a week in the Med on the Sunbird, their flagship, although she already seen service with other cruiselines. An early flight to Palma and straight to the ship and on board late morning, so easy. We left Palma about 10pm and it was lovely sailing out of that extensive bay and all the lights twinkling ashore, memorable. Perfect weather, flat seas for a few days until we left Tunis and sailed off to Minorca, less said about that the better! 🌊💨🌊

              We booked the very elegant Sunbird again for the following year, again flying to Palma and a different route round the Med, perfect weather again. We were now hooked. The next year we wanted to start trying the bigger cruiselines and sailed on the Norwegian Sky on a Caribbean cruise out of Miami.

              So cruising started out as accidental but turned into serendipity. 🙂

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                #22
                Saw an advert for 6 nights on Oriana to Livorno and flight back to Bournemouth on Concorde.
                That was in 1999 and have now been on over 70 including 2 around New Zealand on Crystal Symphony.
                That initial trip organised by Bath Travel has a lot to answer for!

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                  #23
                  Our friends were doing a cruise to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 2002 and asked us to join them as she knew I’d always wanted to go on a cruise. So we left our youngest daughter who was 15 with her big sister and her partner, boarded Airtours Carousel ship in Palma for 14 amazing nights cruising the Med. We fell in love with cruising but didn’t cruise again till 2006 as I was working full time and attending uni to upgrade my Nursing qualification to a degree. We have cruised once or twice every year since. This is the first year since I was a wee girl that I haven’t had a holiday never mind a cruise.
                  don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                    #24
                    It has come up before Thomson, Airtours and First choice did more to popularise cruising in the UK that any other cruise line.

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                      #25
                      I started cruising when my uncle RON bought a cruise for himself and his son to witness the 1991 total eclipse of the sun on the carnival Jubilee. the only problem was his wife said no. so my uncle asked his sister ( my mother) if she could go, Again the spouse ( my Dad) said NO.
                      so Ron asked my mother if she could think of somebody who could go, she suggested me luckily my spouse said YES.)
                      So off I went LA and boarded the ship and had a fabulous free cruise and witnessed a superb total eclipse, one that was nearly at the maximum length of totality that is theoretically possible.6 min 3 secs ( max 7 mins 30secs.

                      next cruise was 1998 Again my uncle Ron had bought cruises for him his two sisters and their spouses, unfortunately my dad died in Dec 1997. shortly after the funeral I got a phone call from Ron saying he had cruise tickets with my name on. I had the same fore names as my father, So I duly went on my second cruise and again it was to see a total solar eclipse. This time in the Caribbean totality was a mere 2 mins 40 secs.

                      So in 1999 my wife said "you've been on wo cruises and the rest of us haven't" And so our cruising holidays began, now totalling 32 (19 x MSC ;1 x P and O; 2 x Airtours; 2 x NCl;; 5 x RCI ; 2 x carnival. 1 x grey funnel

                      1991 TOTALITY





                      1998 DIAMOND RING

                      Last edited by Pete, Caerphilly; 12th November 2020, 08:42 PM.
                      Pete




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                      If I can't be SKIING then CRUISING is the next best thing

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                        #26
                        Great eclipse photos!

                        We were perfectly positioned for the 2006 eclipse off the coast of Turkey. Sailed with Costa. Happy memories.

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                          #27
                          I read the book 'he said, she said' loosely based around eclipses. Every woman I spoke to who had read it, loved it, every man disliked it. I thought it was a gripping thriller, but each to their own of course.

                          Barb

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by Pete, Caerphilly View Post
                            I started cruising when my uncle RON bought a cruise for himself and his son to witness the 1991 total eclipse of the sun on the carnival Jubilee. the only problem was his wife said no. so my uncle asked his sister ( my mother) if she could go, Again the spouse ( my Dad) said NO.
                            so Ron asked my mother if she could think of somebody who could go, she suggested me luckily my spouse said YES.)
                            So off I went LA and boarded the ship and had a fabulous free cruise and witnessed a superb total eclipse, one that was nearly at the maximum length of totality that is theoretically possible.6 min 3 secs ( max 7 mins 30secs.

                            next cruise was 1998 Again my uncle Ron had bought cruises for him his two sisters and their spouses, unfortunately my dad died in Dec 1997. shortly after the funeral I got a phone call from Ron saying he had cruise tickets with my name on. I had the same fore names as my father, So I duly went on my second cruise and again it was to see a total solar eclipse. This time in the Caribbean totality was a mere 2 mins 40 secs.

                            So in 1999 my wife said "you've been on wo cruises and the rest of us haven't" And so our cruising holidays began, now totalling 32 (19 x MSC ;1 x P and O; 2 x Airtours; 2 x NCl;; 5 x RCI ; 2 x carnival. 1 x grey funnel

                            1991 TOTALITY





                            1998 DIAMOND RING

                            Great story Pete, loved reading that

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                              #29
                              Our first cruise began in San Diego following a land tour Park’s&Canyons.Our Son was an Officer on RCC Serenade of the Seas
                              our tour finished in Anaheim the day before she was due to sail to Vancouver we had been asked before to join him on a ship but
                              this was the first time we had been so close so with great excitement we boarded this beautiful ship with our Son and it turned out
                              to be the first of many the last one September 2019.Our Son now lives and works in Canada.

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                                #30
                                I liked the idea of a cruise but had never researched it until 1995. Royal Caribbean in the Southern Caribbean San Juan round trip and activities for our two youngsters - so we could have some 'us' time. 7 nights in case we didn't take to it, we did and cruises 22,3,4 unfortunately cancelled this year.

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