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Janesville WI
16 Posts
Joined Oct 2012
I took my daughters on their first cruise in 2011. They were 14 & 16 and we were getting away from life (going through a divorce). Then in 2013 I took my new husband on his first cruise for our honeymoon! We are now going on one this fall for our 5 year anniversary and to gt away from like again--my youngest daughter was killed in an auto accident last year.
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Lincolnshire, England
47 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
We have wonderful times with family celebrations but prefer to do our own thing as well.

We cruised for our honeymoon, wonderful way to relax after the wedding and for a fairly big birthday we chose to cruise.

My mother has celebrated two major birthdays cruising and we took my mum away for one of her milestones, both said they had more fun on the cruise than being "on show" for a big family celebration. Also they both felt they could choose when they had had enough and not disappoint anyone.

My husband has surprised me with a cruise for our 10th anniversary. Hopefully this isn't our last celebratory cruise.

I think memories can be made wherever and whoever you are with but special memories are made when you are happy, relaxed and enjoying your life and company.
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P&O September 2018 (DM 70th)
P&O June 2019 (Anniversary)
United States
106 Posts
Joined May 2015
We spent my husbands 60th birthday on a cruise in the Mediterranean! Could Not have had a better day! Our 35th wedding anniversary was spent in Prague, an extension of a Danube River Cruise. And my 60th birthday cruise is already booked. We have lots of time with our family and don’t normally have big celebrations for ourselves, so cruising is our special treat!
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Past Cruises:
Emerald Sky (Danube River Cruise) 7/2018
Adventure of the Seas (Southern Carib.) 3/2018
Celebrity Reflection (Greece and Med) 8/2017
Radiance of the Seas (Alaska) 7/2015
11 Posts
Joined Jul 2018
Cruise, hands down. I get to relax. No stressful planning. No inviting people I don't like but feel obligated to. No cleaning up afterward. I see no downsides!
3 Posts
Joined Aug 2018
Celebrating our 20th this year - going on a belated celebration cruise (tied in to spring break) in the spring
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Carnival Miracle 2019
---life happened---
Carnival Fascination 1998
761 Posts
Joined Jul 2013
We cruise both in the spring , around DH birthday & in the fall around my birthday.
Next year we'll be on Harmony when I'll be celebrating my 70th.
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33 Posts
Joined Sep 2011
When our daughter was getting ready to graduate from high school in 2014, we gave her a few options for what we could do as a family to celebrate her graduation before she went off to college, which was going to be 500 miles away. To our surprise she chose an Alaska cruise instead of Disney World! We were thrilled because we'd been to Alaska three times before and we love it! Besides our family of four (our other daughter is 2 years younger), we invited my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, who live across the country and who we don't see very often. We spent four days on land before getting on the Crown Princess. This was hands down one of the best family vacations EVER! The weather was sunny every day (even in Ketchikan!). Even the crew on the ship said to one of us "We don't know what you people are doing right in your lives to get this weather, but we never have seven days of sunshine. Ever." We credited my mother-in-law with bringing it with her from Las Vegas, haha. I don't know if I was just really soaking in this last vacation with our firstborn before she went off to college, or realizing that my mother-in-law was approaching 80 and what a gift it was to be able to do this cruise with her, or what it was, but it really was one of the best (if not THE best) family vacations EVER.
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Donna and Guy



Future Cruises
Regal Princess - December 16, 2018

Past Cruises
Freedom of the Seas - August 2016
Caribbean Princess - April 2015
Crown Princess - Alaska - July 2014
Enchantment of the Seas - Bermuda - October 2011
Oasis of the Seas - April 2011
Liberty of the Seas - August 2009
Freedom of the Seas - August 2008
Rhapsody of the Seas - August 2006
Sun Princess - Alaska - July 2005
Splendour of the Seas - April 2004
Ocean Princess - Alaska - July 2002
Majesty of the Seas - Oct. 1995
Long Island,NY
4,272 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
We have cruised for anniversaries and one birthday .The birthday cruise ,5 years ago was interesting in that my son in law arranged for a birthday cake . The cake was served and waiters were there to sing .The only problem was that they had someone else's name on the cake .

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270 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
One of my favorite cruises was the one my sister and I took several years ago to celebrate the fact that I had successfully QUIT SMOKING! We had such a great time that we did it again a few years later when SHE quit!
270 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by SusieCruises
One of my favorite cruises was the one my sister and I took several years ago to celebrate the fact that I had successfully QUIT SMOKING! We had such a great time that we did it again a few years later when SHE quit!
Sorry....I didn't mean to post so many happy grin smilies. (Even though I AM happy that I quit smoking! )
4 Posts
Joined Aug 2018
I am with you I would much rather cruise that have a big party. In fact this February my husband and I are doing a cruise for our 40th birthdays and 20th wedding anniversary instead of a party. Being on a cruise is like a party.

Originally posted by CC Help Jenn
Have you cruised to celebrate some event or accomplishment?

I know we have celebrated birthdays on a cruise and an anniversary too (albeit a few months late)

My daughter just graduated high school - we had a simple back yard party. Not too expensive to host, though a lot of work! However, after, looking at the final cost I wonder if she would have rather a cruise before heading off to college. I *think* probably not since she made great memories with family and friends at her party. Her friends would not have been on a cruise if we went that route.

How would you prefer to celebrate your life events/birthdays/anniversaries/graduations etc?

Me personally? When I turn my next milestone birthday in a few years, I would much prefer a cruise or vacation with close family over a big party.

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Sacramento, CA
687 Posts
Joined Oct 2004
I'll be celebrating my 49th birthday on the cruise next month.
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Cruising... the adult version of Summer Camp!
September 14-24, 2018 - South Caribbean on Celebrity Equinox
August, 2017 - Alaska on Celebrity Infinity
January, 2005 - South Mexican Rivera on Carnival Spirit
January, 2003 - North Mexican Riviera on Carnival Elation
St. Augustine, FL
8,277 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
My daughter and I just cruised to celebrate her birthday in May! Adding a celebration to a cruise makes it all more special! We have celebrated anniversaries, our milestone Birthdays, our friend's birthdays, retirement, crossing the equator, getting pregnant, New Knees, Easter, Valentines Day, Halloween!
Well, we can find something to celebrate just about any time for any thing! Pop that bubbly and let's celebrate!!
Happy Left Handers Day!!!
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Susan and Chuck
Life is not measured by how many breaths you take, but by how many moments take your breath away!

23 Posts
Joined Jan 2016
We really wanted to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary on a cruise to the Caribbean but that year my husband changed jobs and we moved across the country. After all the costs we just couldn't go. It was so sad but we ended up booking our trip to celebrate the following year! So we had our 11 year anniversary on board the Epic! It was so awesome and we had such a great time celebrating.
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August 2009- NCL Pearl Alaska FIRST CRUISE
December 2016- NCL Epic- Western Caribbean
Upcoming- NCL Gem Mexican Riviera 01/20/19
Cottontown, Tennessee
7 Posts
Joined Jul 2018
My very first cruise was in January of 2005. It was a Norwegian 12 day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands and to the coral atoll of Fanning Island, Kiribati. It was our Honeymoon.

My hubby planned the entire thing. I knew we were going to Hawaii, but I didnt know the details. I said I wanted to see some whales and the volcano. That was all I knew. Im super anal about planning, and I did all the wedding plans(with a couple of exceptions) so I told him he could have this.

He said Pammy, its going to be super expensive so we have to get an inside cabin, down by the elevators so it will be super loud. I said I dont care cause we are going to HAWAII!!!!

Cruise day comes and we have printed our luggage tags and it said our room was 1105 or something. I was thinking first floor room 105. Well we get on the elevator and he hits the 11th floor button. I was like, cant we take our carryons to the room first before we start exploring the upper levels. He just smiled.

The doors open and there are another set of doors that says OWNERS SUITES. I start jumping up and down squealing we arent in the basement!!!!!

We get to the room and there are scores of people in our room just ready to make us happy lol. Im crying because this is soooo over the top. Im just a country girl who hasnt been anywhere. OMG yall, he had ordered snacks, champagne, banners on the ceiling, my favorite liqour bottles.

I have never felt so special in all my life.

Everywhere we went, we had a concierge there to bump us to the head of the line. It was like we were super rich. But we are far from wealthy. Paycheck to paycheck is how we live for sure. My hubby is quite a bit older than me and I look even younger than my age, so Im sure all the other passengers thought thought he was my sugar daddy LOL.

It took us about 5 years to pay this trip off, but I still cry every time I think of how special my honeymoon was.
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