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A very open question, but most of us fell in love with cruising on our first experience.  For me it was an Airtours Ship the Sunbird my Aunty took me for my 18th Birthday and I’ve never looked back since.  I’m sure I will not be the only one that is interested in my forum friends first time!

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Our first cruise was actually our delayed honeymoon on the Carnival Sensation, Sept of 1997. We married in Las Vegas in Jan of the same year and then had our wedding reception in March. We decided the next step should be a cruise. It worked out well as we just completed our 30th cruise this past Jan.


 


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My first cruise was a school trip on the Uganda to the Med including Santorini which I loved. About 16 of us were in a dormitory in the bowels of the ship & one night we had a fancy dress competition & were paraded in front of the upstairs passengers. It was a different world from where we were & I promised myself that one day I would be in a proper cabin with food on crockery not a plastic tray. I finally managed it for our silver wedding anniversary on QEII. We finally got back to Santorini on Thomson's Emerald for our 35th anniversary.

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The first summer after I started work my sister and I booked a cruise on a Yugoslavian ship it was a fly cruise and included a weeks stay in Cavtat just outside Dubrovnik. The ship was small and we cruised each night and were in a different port each day. We loved it and booked our next cruise on the P&O Canberra when we returned.

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Our first cruise was in the 1990's on a Thomson ship (Island Breeze, I think) around the Canary Islands for a week, with a week in a timeshare resort on Tenerife to follow as back up, in case we didn't like cruising. We felt at the time that it was a form of holiday we would return to later in life and it wasn't until we cruised the Norwegian fjiords on board P&O's Arcadia that we really felt it was something we would like to enjoy on a regular basis.

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We didn't cruise until 2008. My husband was diagnosed with a rare blood condition and advised not to fly. We went to the Fjords on Oceana and had a fantastic time. We have cruised every year since then, twice if possible and went back to the Fjords in 2013. Again it was wonderful. Each year we wonder if we will make it because of ill health and travel insurance but fingers crossed we go again this week.

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It was in the mid 90's that I did my first cruise. Talked into it by friends and my wife. Did not look forward to it but by the end of 14 days was hooked. This was on a little ship operated by Thomson called Sapphire. That same year did 2 further cruises with Airtours on Carousel and Sundream. Then started doing 3 to 4 cruises a year, mainly with Airtours until 2003 when we went on our cruise with Celebrity. Started writing reviews about them. When I retired I turned to travel journalism specialising in cruises and cruise ships. Started writing professionally and the rest is history. Cruising I think spoils you for most other types of holiday as it offers so much. Am into week 4 of our usual 5 week holiday by the sea and have to admit to being bored can't wait to get back to 'work' this time the cruise shows in Birmingham and Manchester followed by 16 days on Azura.

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Hi  My first cruise was a nine day cruise to the Fjords sailing from Southampton on P&O's Canberra in the mid 1970's.  The inside cabin had no en-suite facilities and shared these with 3 other cabins.  Although this arrangement wouldn't be popular today nobody batted an eyelid.  However, the service was very attentive, upon embarkation a steward took your hand luggage and escorted you to your cabin (they weren't called staterooms and I still refer to my accommodation as a cabin).   The primary reason for choosing this cruise was cost.  In those days cruising was expensive (it was still over £100 per night per person that's around £2400 in today prices for a nine day cruise for an inside cabin sharing facilities)  and this voyage was the shortest duration available.

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Hi  My first cruise was a nine day cruise to the Fjords sailing from Southampton on P&O's Canberra in the mid 1970's.  The inside cabin had no en-suite facilities and shared these with 3 other cabins.  Although this arrangement wouldn't be popular today nobody batted an eyelid.  However, the service was very attentive, upon embarkation a steward took your hand luggage and escorted you to your cabin (they weren't called staterooms and I still refer to my accommodation as a cabin).   The primary reason for choosing this cruise was cost.  In those days cruising was expensive (it was still over £100 per night per person that's around £2400 in today prices for a nine day cruise for an inside cabin sharing facilities)  and this voyage was the shortest duration available.

Our first cruise on the Canberra was 1977 and I remember it well.We cruised for 14 nights to the Azores and Canary Islands. We had a court cabin which was quite large and had a long window near the door that looked onto the 'court' a lounge type area with large windows, so you received natural light into the cabin. Before dinner the people with cabins in the 'court' congregated there for drinks and a chat.We were lucky as we had a shower room. The bed linens were changed daily and were starched cotton, tightly tucked in with a blanket. I am glad they don't have the horsehair mattresses any more. 

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Our first cruise was in 2001 August on Celebrity Infinity doing the 7 day Inland Alaska Passage out of Vancouver return. 

Our daughters were now Adults so leaving them was not an issue smile.png

I had gotten fed up listening to all the young marrieds  without children talking about cruising  who worked for me so Celebrity offered a special for Canadians as this was the first year into Alaska for the Infinity.

Needless to say , I booked  our next cruise  for the Mexican Riviera the same year in November, 7 day with Sea Princess, had to keep my Caribbean wife happy as she needs sun. 

I learned two lessons, never fly to a cruise port the same day( ( tight schedules)  and never take 7 day cruises (just as you relax, time to pack) , always at least 10 days . Course if I lived in Southampton or a  year round cruise port , mini cruises are great.

Retired now, longest cruise Around Australia 28 days and just completed 12 days with Queen Mary 2

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Our last son had just finished school and we both had a weeks holiday, we had always gone to Ireland by ferry and car to visit my husbands relatives every year , but decided to check the teletext [remember that?] on offer was a 7 day fly cruise on Thomson's Emerald only £99 , a great decision and completely new to me[although not my OH as he had been in the Merchant Navy ] seeing all these wonderful ports from then on I was hooked!! I did all the Thomson and Airtour's ships sailing to the Baltic, Med and Caribbean the holy Landk Petra and the red seas on one of Voyages of Discovery's first cruises.

We did lots of cruises on companies now long gone some wonderful old ships with teak decks and Orangeries but we sailed to some some wonderful places, I was lucky I used to go with my friends from work when my OH couldn't go we planned the Suez Canal, Panama Canal we had now moved onto the new companies RCI ,NCL Cunard and Celebrity taking us further afield.

Then came the 2 world cruises on PO Aurora [we had found our favourite ship] 2 wonderful world cruises like minded people and a company who looked after us , gosh it seems like a lifetime of cruising has just flashed by but what memories I have.CG

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A very open question, but most of us fell in love with cruising on our first experience.  For me it was an Airtours Ship the Sunbird my Aunty took me for my 18th Birthday and I’ve never looked back since.  I’m sure I will not be the only one that is interested in my forum friends first time!

 

 

Cunard Countess in 1990, well before the digital age...

 

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It was a 2 week Caribbean fly-and-stay cruise with the first week on Cunard Countess and the second week in a 'Couples' hotel in St. Lucia.  

 

Our first taste of 'All Inclusive'. 

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My wife was determined to celebrate our wedding anniversary aboard a cruise ship.  I was not convinced we would enjoy being "trapped" in a floating hotel.  To complicate matters further, there were very few cruises that coincided with the dates my wife's employer would allow her to take holiday leave.  She prefers warm climates, so I booked an Alaskan voyage on M/V Mercury (Celebrity Cruises)!.  Although Alaska was chilly in May, my wife forgave the choice of destination.  4 years later, we are still married and have completed more than 34 ocean cruises and 4 river cruises.

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We were late comers to cruising as it was 2009 when we got the bug. This happened as my wife was having her big 60 that year as well as retiring from the NHS after 30 years. SO, she told me that she wanted to be on a ship on her birthday. What a shock as she has never wanted to cruise before but now wants to cruise every year.

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We're still awaiting our first cruise. We're going on Arcadia in November for my big birthday. My husband has always been reluctant to cruise, but I've persuaded (brow beaten) him just for 5 nights. I'm really looking forward to it and hope it will be the first of many

 

Welcome to the Forum - I'm sure you'll enjoy your first cruise.

 

I won our first cruise - a transatlantic on QE2 in 2002, although the cabin was tiny and deep down with bunk beds, we loved the experience and have done 6 cruises since, one with Cunard and the rest with P & O

 

Welcome to the Forum - a great way to get your cruising started!

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