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bob&karen
April 30th, 2004, 04:42 PM
This cruise addiction thing has truly become terminal. We came off our latest adventure(Golden Princess, Eastern Caribbean) 2 weeks ago tomorrow - usually I'd be in major P.C.D. (Post-Cruise Depression, to the uninitiated) but I'm actually still riding a nice post-cruise buzz and feeling almost - not quite, but almost - as blissful as when I was on the ship.

Here's my secret:

The Ideal Between-Cruise Work Space Environment (http://community.webshots.com/photo/126040133/138786550qMZQqc)

If anyone has any favorite cruising trinkets or souviners, PLEASE kick in here with your suggestions! I'd love to hear how other people cope http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Bob

P.S. - Today at work, I called a place we do business with and the receptionist responded with "Oh! You're the guy they told me to talk to about taking a cruise!! We've been thinking about it and ... (etc etc etc)

One of the most flattering moments of my life ...

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"These moments we’re left with - may you always remember
These moments are shared, by few
And those harbor lights, lord they’re coming into view
We’ll bid our farewells much too soon
So drink it up, this one’s for you -
Honey, it’s been a lovely cruise."
-- James W. Buffett

Carnival Triumph, April '02
Carnival Sensation, January '04
Golden Princess, April '04

Carnival Sensation, Golden Princess / Caribbean Princess pix at: Cool Cruisin' Pix (http://community.webshots.com/user/mageesworld)

e-mail: bobandkarenny@yahoo.com

roohound
April 30th, 2004, 04:48 PM
Bob, I love it!!!!!!!!

sue d. miller
April 30th, 2004, 04:53 PM
I have a picture of the Caribbean Princess as wallpaper on my computer, and I had a picture of the Golden we took at Princess Cays blown up and it is hanging over the computer at eye level. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Sue
7 days on Star Princess 10/24

pamwinn
April 30th, 2004, 05:37 PM
WORK-
Just say No!

Sapphire Princess Inaugural
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roohound
April 30th, 2004, 05:40 PM
How else am I gonna pay for my cruises? http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

dorotha
April 30th, 2004, 05:55 PM
I just log on here and mingle with all the "cruise-folk" while I'm at work!

lkmamom
April 30th, 2004, 06:06 PM
Hey Bob,

Simple, we are all going to just plan our next one together! Say hi to Karen! http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Linda

Lill
April 30th, 2004, 06:09 PM
I've had pics enlarged from several cruises, had them framed and hung them in my office. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Diamond Princess

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spongerob
April 30th, 2004, 06:13 PM
I bring home a selection of adult beverages from the Caribbean. When the situation calls for it, I prescribe a shot, or two, or three of such distillates for myself. If my supply reaches a critically low level, I know it's time for another cruise.

Just completed:
Caribbean Princess Apr 3/04
Golden Princess Apr 10/04
Coming up:
Tahitian Princess Oct 14/04

Salty Dawg
April 30th, 2004, 06:23 PM
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Pharmaceuticals... prescribed by a licensed physician of course!

bob&karen
April 30th, 2004, 06:57 PM
Spongerob,

Yeh, but our next cruise isn't for a while. I may have already mentioned to you that we brought 15 bottles of rum home in our carry-on on 4/17, but there are only 2 left ... what's a boy to do???

OK, we gave alot away as souvenirs, but still ...

Bob

P.S.: Linda - HI !!!

'Dawg -- I was hoping I could borrow your script ... http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://www.animationlibrary.com/Animation11/Geography_and_History/Islands/Ship_at_island.gif
"These moments we’re left with - may you always remember
These moments are shared, by few
And those harbor lights, lord they’re coming into view
We’ll bid our farewells much too soon
So drink it up, this one’s for you -
Honey, it’s been a lovely cruise."
-- James W. Buffett

Carnival Triumph, April '02
Carnival Sensation, January '04
Golden Princess, April '04

Carnival Sensation, Golden Princess / Caribbean Princess pix at: Cool Cruisin' Pix (http://community.webshots.com/user/mageesworld)

e-mail: bobandkarenny@yahoo.com

CruiseFever
April 30th, 2004, 07:04 PM
Where did you get that picture of my desk?

Happy Cruising

Chris

www.LifeIsCruising.com (http://www.LifeIsCruising.com)

Next up:
Caribbean Princess 06/26/04
Star Princess 10/24/04
Diamond Princess 12/22/04
Carnival Miracle 03/13/05

AmyBeth68
April 30th, 2004, 09:47 PM
Well Bob...I actually come here to cruise critic and head over to the Princess roll call forum and catch up with my Golden 4/10 buddies!!! I check out the latest photos that have been posted from our cruise (none of which are mine b/c I'm having technical difficulties). Then...we all discuss our plans for the big June '05 cruise. That's how I'm gettin' by. Oh...that and listening to a LOT of Buffett http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif. Finzup! Ciao!

spongerob
May 1st, 2004, 05:53 AM
Looking for a 'scrip, Bob?

WWJBD?

"There's booze in the blender
And soon it will render
That frozen concoction that helps me hang on."

Finzup!

Just completed:
Caribbean Princess Apr 3/04
Golden Princess Apr 10/04
Coming up:
Tahitian Princess Oct 14/04

GloriaF
May 1st, 2004, 06:06 AM
It's hard to bear, I just count how many more commissions I need for the next cruise. And talk, talk, talk cruising with anyone that will respond. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Cruise Critics helps a lot! I need a desk like Bob's.

Gloria

Grand Princess, Eastern, April 2001
Grand Princess, Western,April 2002
Regal to Hawaii, April 5-20, 2004

Nrknits
May 1st, 2004, 07:28 AM
I find the best way to cope is to start obsessing about my next cruise right away. And check onto the boards a least once or twice a day. I also try to convince evryone I see how wonderful cruising is. My daughter once accused me of being cruise missionary. A worthy cause - I think so!

Eddie4Paws
May 2nd, 2004, 10:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Nrknits:
I find the best way to cope is to start obsessing about my next cruise right away. And check onto the boards a least once or twice a day. I also try to convince evryone I see how wonderful cruising is. My daughter once accused me of being cruise missionary. A worthy cause - I think so!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You took the words right out of my mouth!!! LOL!

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12/2/04 Sun Princes
2/27/04 Golden Princess
11/21/03 Majesty of the Seas
Carnival 10/87
NCL 4/93
Norway 4/95
Costa 5/97

rothsix
May 2nd, 2004, 11:41 PM
I am a little concerned that I am looking forward to my next cruise just to be able to book another cruise. Do I need therapy?!?!
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Derrick

Alaska Sampler on the Diamond Princess
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First Anniversary on the Sun Princess in
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One last cruise before the anklebiters come along. Bangkok to Beijing on the Sapphire Princess.
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We got hitched at sea in November, 2003 Aboard the Golden Princess

JanetMarie
May 3rd, 2004, 03:50 AM
For me, part of vacation is the "planning process." I have such a blast making lists and purchasing new clothes, etc. That is what keeps me going until our next vaca. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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OUR NEXT ONWARD JOURNEY!

gopher's girl
May 3rd, 2004, 07:45 AM
I sit in front of a computer all day making a feeble attempt at working until I can't see any more (yeah computers!) and then I have to recover so I am able to drive home.

In the process of planning - possibly on the Caribbean Princess in August. I have to work around my school schedule in addition to building up vacation time (only 2 weeks/year).

-gopher's girl

I have a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!

sue d. miller
May 3rd, 2004, 07:53 AM
Yes Derrick, you do!!! And the best therapy is booking another cruise!! http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Sue
7 days on Star Princess 10/24

srphnx
May 3rd, 2004, 08:45 AM
We have become carriers of the cruise-ache-virus. We are planning a cruise in November and so far have accosted family, friends, neigbors and co-workers getting them "on board" with the idea. Now we are never more than a speed dial away from someone who is just as anxious. Also when you get a virgin.. there is a referral credit, which perpetuates the viscious cycle as a $50 credit at Princess for a future cruise is WAY more than the needed excuse to select another cruise. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

One open Princess booking
<FONT color=red>Alaska</FONT>
Diamond Princess 05/04 ~~ Mercury 06/02
Rhapsody o.t. Seas 05/98 ~~ Legend o.t. Seas 09/95
<FONT color=red>Mexican Riviera</FONT>
Diamond Princess 11/04 ~~ Diamond Princess 04/04
Sea Princess 01/02 ~~ Vision o.t. Seas 04/02<FONT color=red>
West Coast-Baja Mexico</FONT>
Ecstacy 09/01
<FONT color=red>Eastern Carribean</FONT>
Century 12/97
<FONT color=red>Western Carribean</FONT>
Century 9/96

MaryPoppinz
May 3rd, 2004, 09:44 AM
Retire.

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"I'm gonna book myself on that Princess Cruise."
-- Fox Mulder, X-Files 'Three Words'

AlinaMaria
May 3rd, 2004, 10:47 AM
Thank you for starting this thread! I thought I was alone on this one! Now I finally have been diagnosed: PCD. I suffer this disease every time I come back from a cruise: can't concentrate at work, hate driving in this crazy Miami traffic, food doesn't taste good, hate making my own bed, etc etc etc. In order to relieve these symtomps I have surrounded my office and home desks as well as my bathroom and refrigerator with photos and/or magnets of all cruise ships I've been on, photos of Caribbean beaches such as Meagan Bay (St Thomas), Aruba's Natural Bridge, Gran Cayman's Seven Mile Beach, Princess Cay, and the most beautiful of them all: Half Moon Cay (Holland's America's private island); I also have a few Caribbean sunrises and sunsets, and the best cruise ships pools I've known so far: Grand Princess Lap Pool, Rotterdam's Lido Pool and Aft Pool! Oh, and most important: I make sure that I book my next cruise within one month after we return, if possible to cruise again within six months! I need to cruise twice a year for my own sanity! It's the only medicine that works! (LOL)

11/04 HAL/Zuiderdam
02/04 HAL/Rotterdam
09/03 RCI/Majesty of the Seas
04/03 RCI/Navigator of the Seas
06/02 Princess/Grand Princess
05/98 Celebrity/Mercury
07/97 Celebrity/Century
06/96 Celebrity/Century
05/95 Celebrity/Zenith
06/82 Premier/Dolphin

bostongal
May 3rd, 2004, 11:16 AM
Always have another cruise in the works when getting off of one. Find a wacky bunch of people from previous cruise who are planning another "reunion" cruise and converse hourly with them while getting your dh (or dw) to say the magic "book it".

Meg

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do then by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

spingal
May 3rd, 2004, 11:47 AM
I am thinking of starting a 12 step program for people addicted to crusing. Believe me when I say that I am cruise obsessed!! I am going on back to back cruises on the Caribbean Princess on 5/22 and I have not been able to concentrate on work for the past few weeks!! I check out the cruise boards, look at ship pictures, print menus/patters and countdown the days with my sister and brother-in-law!!

I think I need serious help and am not looking foward to PCD - I think it will be BAD this time!!!

LOL!!
Jamie

Caribbean Princess - 5/22/04
Caribbean Princess - 5/29/04
Star Princess - 5/03
Star Princess - 5/02
Grand Princess - 6/01
Grand Princess - 5/00
Grand Princess - 8/98
Dawn Princess - 5/97
Sun Princess - 5/96
Sun Princess - 12/95

iloveclea
May 3rd, 2004, 02:10 PM
i am almost 12 and dont have that much of a life yet so i start packing tolitries in febuary even if the cruise isnt until june.
cant wait
iloveclea
katie

cant wait for caribean princess
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soccermommie
May 3rd, 2004, 02:12 PM
I tend to look at DH's and my paychecks in percentages of cruise fare. Example: I put in some additional hours at work a couple of weeks ago, and when I got my paycheck, I noted that the extra covered half of the cruise we have booked for December. I love my job, but working becomes even more rewarding looking at it that way. I do the same with tax returns and the like.

Am I just weird or what?

soccermommie

sue d. miller
May 3rd, 2004, 02:13 PM
Hi Katie. Being 12 is a very good time of life. If you are packing toiletries already, you are hooked on cruising, just like we are. Have a wonderful cruise. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Sue
7 days on Star Princess 10/24

jemingway
May 3rd, 2004, 07:28 PM
The 4th stage of cruising is supposed to be Reflection, not Depression. I suggest savouring the experience more and thinking about the grim reality of being back less. Drinking heavily also helps. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

JV The 4 stages of cruising: planning, anticipation, experience and reflection.

goodtome2
May 4th, 2004, 05:43 AM
I love this board!!!!!! It is wonderful to
get such good advice and to realize that I
am not "unique". I think I can make it 1
year until my next cruise (05/05). By the
time It gets here, I will know so much about
the ship and ports of call that it will be
like I have already "been there/done that".
Thanks for this topic
Roy (pharmacist with all the drugs
you can think of that you might want----but
can not take a one of them http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Rustynail
May 4th, 2004, 09:26 AM
Do what I do and get paid to spend my day on Cruise Critic. How else can you get through the days until your next cruise?

Rusty (don't tell my boss) nail

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CARRIBEAN PRINCESS JAN 2005
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CARNIVAL'S LEGEND JAN 2003
CELEBRITY'S CENTURY DEC 2003
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