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Well gang, I just lost my whole post. I guess I'll try again and just concentrate on the cruises. If you want to know the rest of the stuff about me, you can check my profile.
My first cruise was on the Norway around 1992 -- Richard Simmons Cruise to lose. It was fun, but not overwhelmingly so. I was by myself and in a very small inside stateroom. My big activities, besides all the exercise, were bingo and eating. (Still lost a pound.) I was not sold on cruising.
Next cruise several years later was Prague and the Danube River with my oldest daughter. I had taken the other kids on trips, but not cruises. She wanted to go to Prague. This was a very expensive trip, but virtually everything, including all the tours, was included, and that was nice. This was really a pretty great trip from the sightseeing point of view. I like the riverboat concept with fewer people, because it is fairly easy to get to know them all. The tours were quite good, as was the entertainment. We also had fun on our own in Prague and stayed at the Prague Hilton which did have a nice pool and was conveniently located so that we could get around on foot. The thing I don't like about river boats is no swimming pool. Still, it was a lot better than the bus tour I took with my other daughter, where so much time was spent packing and unpacking and just riding the bus.
My next trip was with one of my red hat sisters on a Red Hat Mystery Murder cruise. We were of one mind on activities and did just about everything together, although somehow managing to miss some of the Red Hat scheduled stuff. The trip was out of New Orleans on a Carnival ship. My favorite of the ports was Jamaica. I absolutely fell in love with Jamaica.
A girl at my church lost her husband and was immediately diagnosed with lung cancer with a poor prognosis. She had no relatives here and I felt she needed friends. She mentioned dreaming about Greece and the next thing I knew we were off on a Mediterranean cruise on the Costa Fortuna. This was in January 2006. The tour in Egypt was the best part of this trip. I loved the trip but there were some problems. A lot of the Americans did not like being on a cruise with Europeans. I found this being one of the best aspects of the trip. We got mixed up on some of the shore excursions and found them cancelled at the last minute, thereby missing seeing Ephesus, which is really quite a big deal as being back there is fairly unlikely. However, the cruise line gave us an extra day in Milan before flying home, and that sort of made up for it. The swimming pool water was freezing cold and the hot tubs were not really hot, and I found this disappointing. But, other than that, I lovedthe trip, especially the fact that it was a few days longer and we were really able to settle into a sort of routine. Marsha was a good companion, but I don't think she was feeling well and did not enjoy the trip as much as I had hoped.
My last cruise was last August and it was practically perfect. My husband and I did a cruise tour on the Sapphire Princess, beginning with a 7 night cruise on the inside passage and 4 nights in Denali and Fairbanks. This was our honeymoon trip. I was really nervous because Morgan does not like to travel, but had expressed an interest in Alaska. We were blown away by Alaska and also enjoyed the ship's activities, food, and really everything about the trip. These swimming pools were perfect and Princess has become my favorite cruise line. The trip was especially marvelous because we went from 100 plus degree heat to, well, Vancouver and Alaska. Having been on the other cruises, there were certain problems I dreaded, like a long hot and difficult check in, that did not occur. There were refrigerators in the room and we were able to have a choice of beverages there. I have had balcony staterooms on my last 3 cruises and highly recommend them if at all possible. To make this trip even more memorable, we saw quite a bit of wild life in Denali, having just about given up on it.
I now have cruise fever. I want to do the Emerald Princess cruise to the Baltic Capitals, but Morgan is not thrilled to go, and well, we all know what the economy is like. Rather than throw good money after bad into my stock accounts, I would prefer travel. What do you think?
I love to cruise! From the Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, Carribean, Mexico and European river cruises, I love them all! My husband and I just got back from a Danube River cruise from Bucharest, Romania to Budapest, Hungary, travelling through Bulgaria and Serbia. It was great to visit a new part of the world. I love the idea of unpacking once and going to different places. We have been on ships that carry only 100 passengers to the mega-Princess ones that carry thousands. Each ship has its own charm.
Since I live in Southern California, I go on Carnival's five day cruise every January with a group of friends. The fare is less than $300 per person, so it is almost as cheap as staying home. The cruise leaves from Long Beach, goes to Catalina Island and to Ensenada, Mexico.
My favorite cruise was between Turkey and Athens on a small ship that had about 500 passengers.