What is your favorite moment upon boarding?

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New York
163 Posts
Joined Apr 2009
So many favorites....Going up the gangway, that first "DING!", the "welcome aboard" from the fabulous staff, the first cocktail, the sailaway, getting to our cabin & going to the balcony. I love all aspects of cruising, but if I had to pick one, it would be the DING!! We will be sailing on the Oasis in October - our first time on that ship! I'm sure seeing that ship as the taxi approaches the port will be added to this list of favorites
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Anaheim, CA
156 Posts
Joined May 2010
My favorite moment is my reply when one of the Stewards asks if he/she can show us to our room as we step aboard and I reply "Not right now, thank you, we are going to the dining room for lunch".
Thank you ,Holland America, for that wonderful Mariners perk.
Sergeant Bluff, IA
1,225 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
stepping out of the taxi to hand my bags to the porters starts it for me. Always there early. I can stand in line at the port and be perfectly content with waiting to board the ship. The first step off the gangway onto the ship is aways a wonderful as well.
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Leesburg, Florida
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Joined Feb 2011
My favorite time is after the mandatory safety drill [which is my least favoritr part] then I can go and unpack. Then my vacation begins. I can also go and make reservations at Portifinos. Can't wait till Sept 22 for our Oasis cruise. We've been on most all of the RCCL ships but this is our first Oasis class. Hope to get booked on the Allure next year. I always have to have another cruise to look forward to, although we are going on the Liberty transatlantic in Oct. and the Silohette in Jan.
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When my seapass is dinged in for the first time and he or she says welcome aboard Christine......aaahhhhhh I am home....
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Originally posted by Desert Cruizers
Arriving at the Cruise Terminal and knowing our vacation is soon to begin, seeing the beautiful ship and walking on board.
I am a "Cruise Terminal "kind of girl too. My heart beats faster and I feel all giddy inside when I see the ship afar. The 'ding' is just the icing on the cake!
307 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
three things for me:
first: being recognized by the staff
second: the wonderful sound... "ding"
third: enter the stateroom and realize : Vacation has really started !
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Los Angeles
297 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
My favorite first moment is when we step away from the counter and either pause to have our picture taken with our group or walk by those who are stopping to have a picture taken and SMILES ARE ALL AROUND.
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Richmond, VA
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Joined Sep 2003
Originally posted by dsvd79
Seeing the ship for the first time, and of course...

D I N G!
nothing can beat that! N O T H I N G
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Toronto, Canada
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Joined Oct 2009
Hearing the first crew member say "Welcome Aboard". That is the first moment that I know my plans have become a reality.

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Joined Jul 2011
Boarding into royal promenade (Allure) and just being overwhelmed by every sight and sound. Couldn't wipe that smile from my face.
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