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    Your treasured 5 minutes whilst cruising!

    There are many posts and thread on favourite ships, ports, destinations, restaurants etc. but what is your treasured 5 minutes from your cruising lives?

    Could it be the romanticism of the dancing fountains of Bellagio, the wow of seeing the atrium of a particular ship, the Venetian sailaway, stepping on to Antarctican soil saying to yourself - I made it, spotting the elusive Leopard on safari, winning in the casino?

    #2
    First seeing my case outside my stateroom!

    Joking aside: first seeing the lights on Manhattan in the distance, from the deck of the QM2 as she travels down the Hudson, as the sun starts to rise - then seeing the statue of Liberty.
    Last edited by Malcolm, Essex; 4th April 2012, 10:53 PM.
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      #3
      Sailing into Cochin and all the expectations of a visit to India being already surpassed in that moment.

      Sorry, HK, Sydney, Singapore, and all other other big ones, didn't do it for us. Not even NY surpassed our expectations for a sail in, though it came a close second, as did Venice.

      Maybe it's because we have seen so many of these places on TV, we are so familiar with them that we take them for granted.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Malcolm Oliver, Essex View Post
        First seeing my case outside my stateroom!
        Relieved by the knowledge that the wife had made it safely!!!!!

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          #5
          Arriving at Southampton for our first ever cruise on Queen Mary 2 - we had only booked the day before - it felt like a dream - were we really going on that ship? - yes we were - it was a dream come true and the first of many cruises.
          Last edited by Happy, Wolverhampton; 5th April 2012, 12:38 AM. Reason: TYPING ERROR
          Oriana
          Oceana
          Ventura
          Queen Mary 2
          Queen Victoria
          Queen Elizabeth

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            #6
            It has to be my first glimpse of our ship waiting for us in the port of Miami, after 6 months of excitement, anticipation, planning, I was actually there and I was over awed by the sheer size of it ( small compared to todays ships but I thought it was enormous at the time )
            Jo

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              #7
              Sailing into Venice on the Queen Vic. We had been before but never on a cruise and it helped to know a little of what we were looking at but made the whole experience so magically different. The sailing away was special too.
              It seems to me that rudeness is the refuge of the incompetent

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                #8
                Difficult one this. Could be one of three.

                Sailing out of southampton on Indy for first time.
                On a hurtigruten crossing arctic circle, and ice cold water on head ceremony.
                Or proposing to wife at north cape in Norwegian, thanks to someone teaching me on the boat.

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                  #9
                  Early morning mid way between Madeira and Barbados walking on top deck blue sky no planes no ships just 360d horizon total peace total magic......Taffy
                  ​Taffy

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                    #10
                    Sailing into Rio. or ....sailing up through the ice fields to see the enormous Glacier's in their peculiar bluish colour or......The Mitford Sound in NZ, there are so many precious five minutes,...... the smell of spices in India CG
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                      #11
                      Think I'm easily awed as there are too many 'five minutes' to pick just one.

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                        #12
                        On our last cruise September 2011 on the Mariner of the Seas, on the little golf course in the wind with the ship moving, I asked my Husband (our 32nd wedding anniversary today) how would you describe this cruise, great fun he said. This came from a man who does not say much who spent 25 years in the army, got shot in N, Ireland, a miracle he is alive, who takes everything in his stride! these words were magical to me! we are off on the Mariner on the 9th October, our 10th cruise. Margaret

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                          #13
                          Two especially precious memories .....

                          Boarding our very first cruise on Ruby Princess, seeing this colossal ship with its as-yet unknown wonders. What, me? Me? I'm really going on that??? I actually shed a few tears!!

                          The other one: sitting on Ruby's balcony at midnight under a bright full moon. The ship seemed to know its own way along the path of silvery light on the water, and beside us a lone seabird wheeled and swung ..... magic!!!!!!!!!!!

                          Cheers,
                          Lynn

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by tomvet, limerick, roi View Post
                            There are many posts and thread on favourite ships, ports, destinations, restaurants etc. but what is your treasured 5 minutes from your cruising lives?

                            Could it be the romanticism of the dancing fountains of Bellagio, the wow of seeing the atrium of a particular ship, the Venetian sailaway, stepping on to Antarctican soil saying to yourself - I made it, spotting the elusive Leopard on safari, winning in the casino?
                            Treasured moments actually on board would have to be celebrating Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean on either P&O or Cunard, preferably with forum friends...

                            Treasured destinations? Well the sailaway from New York has to be the best, especially on a fine day...



                            I would always rank the sailaway from New York superior to the entry: for one thing it's not dark and another is the great sailaway party atmosphere.

                            None of my comments or photographs are subject to copyright. I am always happy to share.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Mrs M View Post
                              Think I'm easily awed as there are too many 'five minutes' to pick just one.
                              I feel much the same way Mrs M. However, when we were on the Celebrity Eclipse naming ceremony trip, I will always remember making my way to the theatre and hearing the bagpipes. We stopped to investigate and saw the pipers a floor below us in the atrium.
                              I couldn't speak as I found it very moving.

                              Sailing out of Venice was pretty emotional for me too.
                              Jill

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