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#41
Chicago
64 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
Hey all!

Took our first cruise together in 2009 and have been on 7 since then (8 if you double count a back to back). Our vacation of choice, RCCL and Celebrity.

Next voyage is on the Reflection in December, though keeping our eyes open for a last minute fare out of Seattle for the week of July 4th if we can. Booked some award tickets on Southwest, so if we cancel no harm done.

Love Celebrity, though we've found friends of Dorothy hit or miss, it's really about the venue, when you board check the message board, if it's in a secluded venue, write up a card and place it overtop to change it to a bar that fronts an active area. i.e., on Celebrity the Martini Bar (or Molecular Bar on S Class) will get a better group going. Somewhere like Michael's club is set aside, and it is awkward to hang around if no one has shown up yet.

The key is there is people watching and it's not awkward to be waiting for people you've never met....we're such a punctual group!
#43
Columbus, OH
790 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
We are thirty days away from our next cruise. We will be on the NCL Sun departing 10/24.

Ports are Cartegena, Aruba, Curacao, St. Maartin and St. Thomas.

Both of are filled with antici............pation!

Anyone else venturing out in the near future?
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Norwegian Wind 03/2000 (RSVP), Holland America Zuiderdam 03/2003 (RSVP),
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arnival Fascination 06/2005 (NG), Norwegian Sun 10/2005 (NG),
Holland America Zuiderdam 10/2006 (AF), Norwegian Dream 02/2007 (AF),
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Sea 10/2007 (AF), MSC Lirica 02/2008 (AF),
Norwegian Jewel 02/2010 (NG), Norwegian Pearl 09/2010 (AF),
Norwegian Sun 10/2012 (AF), Norwegian Jewel 10/2013 (AF),
MSC Divina 05/2014 (NG), Norwegian Jewel 10/2014 (AF),
Royal Caribbean Independence of the Sea 10/2015 (AF),
Norwegian Gem 10/2016 (AF), MSC Divina 02/2017 (NG),
Norwegian Pearl 10/2017 (AF), MSC Seaside 03/2018 (NG)

AF = Aquafest Group Cruises (11)
NG = Non Group Cruises (6)
RSVP = Chartered Cruises (2)




#44
Denver, CO
82 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
My partner and I are getting ready for our first cruise in December. The GRANDUER OF THE SEAS out of Colon Panama for 7 nights. I am much more excited than he is, though. I have been fantasizing about it since May. We've got a JS on Deck 8, aft. I think it should be incredible. Anyone else going? It'll br fun!
Dec. 2nd to Cartegena, Colombia, Bonnaire, Curacao, Aruba and back. Lots of Latin food and music. If you miss it, how can you go on ... really?
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12-02-2012 Grandeur of the Seas
#45
Waterville MN
236 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Hi just south of the Twin Cities here, single cruiser, 76 days to Freedom of the Seas, then Feb taking Destiny for its final trip
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RC Brilliance of the Sea from Barcola 2004
Carnival Spirit to Alaska 2005
RC Explorer of the Sea West Carb 2006
Carnival Legend 2007
Carnival Triumph 2008
Carnival Liberty 2009
Star Princess November 2010
RC Allure of the Sea May 2011
Voyager of the Seas Feb 2012
Freedome of the Sea Dec 2012
Carnival Desteny Feb 2013 Final transatlantic cruise
Royal Princess Nov 2013
Carnival Sunshine Feb 9 2014
Carnival Sunshine Feb 16 2014
Carnival Triumph Nov 8, 2014
Emerald Princess Nov 2014
Carnival Conquest Jan 4,2015
Carnival Conquest Jan 11, 2015
Carnival Pride March 2015
Celebrity Solstice October 31 2015
Carnival Sunshine November 29 2015
Carnival Sunshine December 9 2015
Carnival Miracle January 16 2016
Emerald Princess March 19, 2016
Emerald Princess March 26, 2016
Carnival Vista October 21, 2016
Caribbean Princess, November 5, 2016
Carnival Vista Nov 6, 2016
Carnival Pride Feb 19, 2017
Carnival Pride Feb 26,2017
Royal Princess Nov5 2017
RCCL Allure Nov 12,2017
RCCL Allure Nov 19, 2017
RCCL Radiance of Seas Feb 2018
RCCL Radiance of the Seas March 2018
Rccl Explorer of the Seas March 2018


Need some cruise help?
#46
Washington, DC
200 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
Originally posted by gmhohio

Anyone else venturing out in the near future?
We're off to the Caribbean over Christmas on the new Celebrity Reflection!
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Celebrity Reflection 5/8/17 - Western Mediterranean
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HAL Zuiderdam 11/19/05 - Eastern Caribbean
HAL Zuiderdam 5/20/08 - Mediterranean Tapestry
Celebrity Millennium 8/14/09 - Southbound Alaska
HAL Maasdam 6/11/11 - Northbound Canada/New England
Celebrity Eclipse 6/9/12 - Scandinavia and Russia
Celebrity Reflection 12/22/12 - Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise
Celebrity Summit 5/19/13 - Bermuda
Celebrity Xpedition 5/25/14 - Galapagos
Celebrity Constellation 12/27/14 - Bahamas Holiday Cruise
Celebrity Millennium 3/15/15 - Asia
Celebrity Silhouette 5/26/16 - British Isles
#48
Tulsa, OK
313 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Hello All,

Tulsa, Oklahoma here! I'm 39 (turning 4-0 in December) and he's 43, and we'll be doing our fourth cruise next year to Alaska! I'm absolutely addicted and could imagine myself doing cruise vacations exclusively. I imagine he'll drag me inland a time or two but living smack dab in the middle of the US has me craving the water. I never sleep better than when I'm on a ship.

Regards,

Danny
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Past Cruises
December 6, 2014 - Carnival Breeze #11236 (Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Marteen, St. Thomas)
January 29, 2011 - Carnival Liberty #7314 (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica)
January 30, 2010 - Carnival Liberty #9246 (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica)
December 2, 2007 - Carnival Legend #4241 (Tampa, Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel)
#49
Denver, CO
82 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Hi Greg!
It sounds like you are also going to experience the Southern Caribbean aboard ship.
I am so very excited about this, my firt cruise ever.
Reading all of the stuff on CC makes me feel much more like doing things that I might not have considered.
Let me know what you think, when you get back. I'm not scheduled to go until December 2nd. My itinerary also includes the ABC Islands(Arube, Bonaire and Curacao).

I look forward to hearing more.

Tom
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12-02-2012 Grandeur of the Seas
#50
Columbus, OH
790 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by twokey
Hi Greg!
It sounds like you are also going to experience the Southern Caribbean aboard ship.
I am so very excited about this, my firt cruise ever.
Reading all of the stuff on CC makes me feel much more like doing things that I might not have considered.
Let me know what you think, when you get back. I'm not scheduled to go until December 2nd. My itinerary also includes the ABC Islands(Arube, Bonaire and Curacao).

I look forward to hearing more.

Tom
Hi Tom,

I'd be happy to share my opinions of Aruba and Curacao. We are really looking forward to this cruise. With seventeen days left all that's left to do is pack, oh yeah and get sunscreen! This will be my eleventh cruise and I am still not tired of them.

I really hope you enjoy your cruise. Once you get past check in, cruising is one of the most relaxing ways to vacation. When you get back Tom, you will have to share your impressions of your first cruise. I always enjoy hearing about something through the eyes of a newbie!

Regards,
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Norwegian Wind 03/2000 (RSVP), Holland America Zuiderdam 03/2003 (RSVP),
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arnival Fascination 06/2005 (NG), Norwegian Sun 10/2005 (NG),
Holland America Zuiderdam 10/2006 (AF), Norwegian Dream 02/2007 (AF),
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Sea 10/2007 (AF), MSC Lirica 02/2008 (AF),
Norwegian Jewel 02/2010 (NG), Norwegian Pearl 09/2010 (AF),
Norwegian Sun 10/2012 (AF), Norwegian Jewel 10/2013 (AF),
MSC Divina 05/2014 (NG), Norwegian Jewel 10/2014 (AF),
Royal Caribbean Independence of the Sea 10/2015 (AF),
Norwegian Gem 10/2016 (AF), MSC Divina 02/2017 (NG),
Norwegian Pearl 10/2017 (AF), MSC Seaside 03/2018 (NG)

AF = Aquafest Group Cruises (11)
NG = Non Group Cruises (6)
RSVP = Chartered Cruises (2)




#51
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
121 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
Hi all - Ann Arbor, Michigan -- looking forward to the Nieuw Amsterdam in early December. Usually cruise with my mom (I know, right?) - but would love to branch out sometime..
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NCL Windward 09/96 Pacific Coastal
RCCL Viking Serenade /97 Baja
NCL Wind 08/00 Alaska
NCL Sea 11/00 Gulf of Mexico
Carnival Triumph 12/01 E.Caribbean
Carnival Sensation 09/03 W.Caribbean
NCL Dream 04/04 London to Rome
Celebrity Century 08/05 Baltic Capitols
HAL Statendam 04/09 Panama Canal
MSC Poesia 09/10 Canada/New England
HAL Oosterdam 04/12 Pacific Coastal
HAL Nieuw Amsterdam 12/12 E.Caribbean
HAL Noordam 02/16 Sydney to Auckland
#52
Chicago
244 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
My partner Jack and I thought we would not enjoy cruising due to the short time in port and the feeling of a sterile atmosphere. We did our first cruise in February and had a great time. The FOD meet and greet was about 15 people each night and made some great friends on board. Its now six months later and we are sailing on the 11/25 HAL Nieuw Amsterdam and looking forward to the sun and drinks. For those who have been to Roatan or Ocho Rios any recommendations?

Jack & Mark
Lincoln Square, Chicago IL
#53
Boston
1,040 Posts
Joined Oct 2012
Originally posted by BellBoys
My partner Jack and I thought we would not enjoy cruising due to the short time in port and the feeling of a sterile atmosphere. We did our first cruise in February and had a great time. The FOD meet and greet was about 15 people each night and made some great friends on board. Its now six months later and we are sailing on the 11/25 HAL Nieuw Amsterdam and looking forward to the sun and drinks. For those who have been to Roatan or Ocho Rios any recommendations?

Jack & Mark
Lincoln Square, Chicago IL
I have never cruised to Ocho Rios but I did a land-based holiday in Jamaica in 2004. Ocho Rios is very nice and the Dunns River Falls is a must when in that area! However, Jamaica is not the most gay friendly place I have been (in fact it is probably the least). You will be fine when with a group (I never felt personally in danger due to being gay) but it is something to be aware of.

We will be stopping in Roatan on our March 2013 cruise. First time in Honduras and am very excited. Please post about it when you return (if you have a chance).

Have a wonderful trip!
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PAST VOYAGES:
Holland America Line Zuiderdam (from Copenhagen) - Jun 2017 - Oceanview - 12 nights (Baltic: Dnk, Swe, Rus, Deu, Est, & Fin)
Cunard Queen Mary 2 (from NYC) - Jan 2017 - Balcony - 7 nights (Eastbound Transatlantic to Southampton)
Holland America Line Westerdam (from Seattle) - Sep 2016 - Inside - 7 nights (Alaska)
Royal Caribbean Rhapsody OTS (from Venice) - May 2016 - Oceanview - 10 nights (E. Med: Italy, Greece, & Montenegro)
Cunard Queen Mary 2 (from Southampton) - Sep 2015 - Inside - 7 nights (Westbound Transatlantic to NYC)
Holland America Line Veendam (from Boston) - May 2015 - Inside - 7 nights (Bermuda)
Regal Princess (from Ft. Lauderdale) - Mar 2015 - Inside - 7 nights (E. Carib.: "PC" Bahamas, St. Thomas & St. Maarten)
Carnival Freedom (from Ft. Lauderdale) - Mar 2014 - Inside - 6 nights (W. Carib.: Key West FL, Grand Cayman, & Jamaica)
Norwegian Gem (from NYC) - Dec 2013 - Inside - 1 night (Cruise to Nowhere)
Norwegian Breakaway (from NYC) - Sep 2013 - Balcony - 7 nights (Bermuda)
Carnival Glory (from Boston) - Jun 2013 - Balcony - 4 nights (Canada: NB)
Carnival Legend (from Tampa) - Mar 2013 - Inside - 7 nights (Exotic W. Carib.: Mexico, Belize, & Honduras)
Carnival Fascination (from Miami) - Apr 2008 - Oceanview - 3 nights (Bahamas: Nassau)


UPCOMING:
Norwegian Sky (from Miami) - Oct 2017 - Inside - 4 nights (Cuba and "GSC" Bahamas)
Holland America Line Koningsdam (from Ft. Lauderdale) - Mar 2018 - Inside - 11 nights (S. Carib.: Sxm, Lca, Brb, Mtq, Kna, USVI, Bhs)
#55
Kansas City, MO
142 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
My husband Newt & I are doing the new Celebrity Reflection TA on April 20, 2013 from Miami to Rome. Really looking forward to this cruise. Any other "family" going? Jim
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#56
1,831 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by kansascory
My husband Newt & I are doing the new Celebrity Reflection TA on April 20, 2013 from Miami to Rome. Really looking forward to this cruise. Any other "family" going? Jim
Check in the gay and lesbian roll call section and see if one has been started, if not start one!

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#57
Kansas City, MO
142 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
"Check in the gay and lesbian roll call section and see if one has been started, if not start one!"

Hey KC Guys,
I did check that out and there is one, but I was the first post on it! Guess our "family" just doesn't post much. By the way my husband Newt and I also live in KC. We are by the Plaza. Maybe you guys could come over some time for a drink. We are really very new to the whole cruise & forum thing.
Jim
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#58
1,831 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by kansascory
"Check in the gay and lesbian roll call section and see if one has been started, if not start one!"

Hey KC Guys,
I did check that out and there is one, but I was the first post on it! Guess our "family" just doesn't post much. By the way my husband Newt and I also live in KC. We are by the Plaza. Maybe you guys could come over some time for a drink. We are really very new to the whole cruise & forum thing.
Jim
May I ask where on the Plaza? We live on the West Side of the Plaza across from the Cancer Survivors Park!

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#59
Kansas City, MO
142 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
"May I ask where on the Plaza? We live on the West Side of the Plaza across from the Cancer Survivors Park!"

Well, we live in the Atriums on the Plaza on the North side. It's on Walnut at 46th Street and South of the Kemper Museum.
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#60
1,831 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by kansascory
"May I ask where on the Plaza? We live on the West Side of the Plaza across from the Cancer Survivors Park!"

Well, we live in the Atriums on the Plaza on the North side. It's on Walnut at 46th Street and South of the Kemper Museum.
I don't recognize the name but I do know where that is. We live at the Plaza House.

We are leaving in two weeks for our next cruise and there currently only one other couple beside us in our roll call.

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