When was your first cruise you took?

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Ask a Cruise Question
Post your general cruise questions here.
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 12:35 PM.
Winter: Sun City Grand Surprise , AZ & Summer: Prescott, AZ
2,943 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Our first cruise was in 1971 on the Bahama star 3 days 4 nights out of Miami for $69 per person it was a blast hooked us ON cruising for life!

Sent from my iPhone using Forums
We live on a small lake in rural Nebr.
7,309 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
It was around 1976 or so on the Regina Magna, 7 nights from Omaha for about $250 per person--flight included. Hmmm--Regina Magna doesn't sound quite right, but it's close! Greek line owned by Onasis. It was a great cruise--lobster tails the size of our dinner plates--and more than one if we wanted.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Bellingham WA
598 Posts
Joined May 2013
1983 - Eastern Carib with my Parents (I was 16) NCL, but don't remember which ship, but I do remember we sat at the Captains table along with football player from Tampa Bay.

I was hooked at 16. Guess there were worse things to get hooked on at that age. Took my second cruise less than a year later with my Grandparents and my friend...Mexico at Spring Break with two 16 year olds...enough said.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature

5/20/17 - Star Princess - Alaska
3/12/17 - Regal Princess - Western Carib
12/1/2016 - Crown Princess - LA to Ensenada
9/18/2016 - Ruby Princess - SEA to VAN
9/14/2016 - Island Princess - Van to SF
5/20/2016 -Crown Princess - Coastal
5/7/2016 - Ruby Princess - Coastal
2/7/2016 - Regal Princess - Western Carib
12/15/2015 - Ruby Princess - Coastal
09/13/2015 - Ruby Princess - Coastal
05/13/2015 - Ruby Princess - Coastal
04/29/2015 Ruby Princess - Alaska
05/2014 - HAL - Coastal
05/15/2013 NCL Jewel - Coastal
2011 - Sapphire Princess - Coastal
2010 - Sapphire Princess - Coastal
2009 - Golden Princess - Coastal
2007 - Golden Princess(?) - Coastal
12/2002 - RCL Vision of the Seas - Mexico
1997 - Carnival Ecstacy - Mexico
2/1993 - Carnival - Mexico
4/1984 - Carnival - Mexico
6/1983 - NLC - East Carib
1,589 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
First cruise was a TA in the 50's with my parents on one of the "Queens." Mom was not interested in flying [NY, Gander, Scotland, etc.] so Dad agreed to mix business with vacation in England. I have vague memories of leaving from Commonwealth Pier in Boston, me in my Sunday best and Mom in her fur wrap. We did a few more crossings after that, then Mom and Dad started flying to Europe and I got to stay home.

Fast forward a few decades, DH and I, took our first "cruise" together on HAL, the Volendam - about 1983? Even then, the age difference aboard was significant, but I didn't care - we were on a cruise! As the ship was leaving Ft. Lauderdale, I struck up a conversation with the woman standing by the rail next to me. We were tossing streamers and confetti! A few minutes later both our husbands came walking across the deck, side-by-side carrying our bon voyage foo-foo drinks. We had a great time in spite of no balcony rooms, no TV and set dining times where we dressed every night for dinner.

Here's the best part..... The couple we met on the Volendam were from CT and now live in Boca - we are meeting them on the Coral Princess this weekend for a Panama Canal cruise!
107,555 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
Back in the 80's on the Cunard Countess.

(Took me years to convince DH to quit land tours all over Europe, etc. living out of suitcases for weeks.)

After that first 14 day cruise he was hooked.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Cruising is a wonderful way to enjoy retirement!
Stopped counting a few years ago -- have done over 140 cruises.
Monticello, NY
1,995 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
August 2002, for our 25th anniversary, though we actually went on the cruise the week after our anniversary.

In late 2001, I had suggested a cruise for that anniversary, and DW thought it would be a good idea. I suggested Bermuda since we could drive to the port, and who wanted to think about flying at that time. She said no, how about Alaska. (We have since done both a Bermuda and Alaska cruise, but not then.)

I sent away for a brochure and saw a Barcelona to Barcelona cruise including the ports for Rome, Florence, and Nice. Since DW is the world's finest elementary art teacher, I knew she would love that idea. (And 10 years later for our 35th anniversary we also cruised Barcelona to Barcelona.) Everyone on our flight from NY seemed to either be on our cruise or on another cruise that was also leaving from Barcelona.
N. Fort Myers, FL
1,099 Posts
Joined Aug 2003
....was on the TSS Carnivale in 1991 for a 3 day out of Miami to Nassau. Wished it could have been longer. Has a VERY small porthole cabin at the front of the ship and we could hear the anchor drop in the morning. (Great wake up alarm!) Enjoyed the meals and service and the Talent show. Learned how to play craps at the Casino from one of my Italian friends and got hooked on the game.Carnival so much I've never switched lines. Still a long way from Platinum with the new loyalty schedule but, heck I'm on a cruise and going on my 8th this December.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
e-mail: [email protected] Carnival VIFP GOLD MEMBER ( Which doesn't mean S**T Anymore)

TSS Carnivale-------01/1991---------Bahamas
Carnival Triumph---11/2003---------E Carib-San Juan, St Martin, St John, St Thomas
Carnival Liberty ----11/03/2012----W Carib-Belize, Cozumel, Grand Cayman
Carnival Victory----10/28/2013----E Carib-Turks & Caicos,Nassau,Half Moon Cay
Carnival Freedom--01/05/2014----W Carib-Key West,Grand Cayman,Ocho Rios
Carnival Splendor--11/01/2014----S Carib-San Juan,St.Croix,Martinique,Greneda,Dominica,Gran Turk
Carnival Ecstasy---12/14/2015----W Carib-Key West,Cozumel
Carnival Sunshine-12/10/2016----S Carib-Aruba, Bonaire, Grand Turk
Norwegian Epic-----12/02/2017----E Carib- Tortola, B.V.I., St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Carnival Magic------02/03/2018----W Carib- Cozumel,Belize,Isla Roatan, Costa Maya
Carnival Horizon----12/01/2018----S Carib-Miami,Gran Turk,San Juan,St. Kitts, St.Maarten,Miami,

Malden, MO
5,286 Posts
Joined Oct 2009
I'm a newbie. My first cruise was in 2009 on the Fantasy out of NOLA. I thought I would hate cruising but I was wrong. I now have cruises #11 (Dream) and 12 (Fantasy again) booked.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Carnival Fantasy April 2009
Carnival Fantasy July 2009
Carnival Elation May 2010
Carnival Triumph April 2011
Carnival Elation May 2011
Carnival Elation May 2012
Carnival Elation June 2013
Carnival Elation June 2014
Carnival Elation June 2015
Carnival Triumph July 2016
Carnival Dream December 2016
Carnival Fantasy May 2017
Carnival Dream May 2018

92 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
2001 on Carnival Paradise. IT was a smoke free ship at the time and fairly new. Sailed western Caribbean out of Miami and had a blast. Needless to say we are quasi-addicted. We have #7 planned for March.
South Carolina
28,493 Posts
Joined Dec 2001
1961 on SS Bahama Star to the Bahamas.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Happy Sailing! OCruisers (LuLu & Roundman)
80+ Cruises .... Princess, Celebrity, RCCL, HAL, Carnival, NCL, Costa, etc. (Still miss Sitmar)
Boca Raton, Florida
2,910 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
October 1985 at age 27 with a good friend in the Costa Riviera from Ft Lauderdale to the eastern Caribbean. Great cruise! Wish those smaller ships were still around.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Best regards,

Lou Betti
Boca Raton, FL

The late, great Regal Empress. One of the
longest serving passenger ships of all time.
...............1953 to 2009.....................

On board QE2 for the last trans-Atlantic
of the 20th Century, December 1999 & 2000

On board QM2 for her maiden trans-Atlantic
to New York, April 2004

I love to cruise, but my flying comes first!
Cessna 210N Turbo Centurion.

44 cruises since 1985 and I am too lazy to mention them all! However, I do own the Builder's Certificate to the the RMS Queen Elizabeth. A lot of good that does me! Ships sailed on: Costa Riviera. Home Lines Atlantic. Cunard QE2 & QM2. Premier Cruise's Sea Breeze & Rembrandt. Celebrity Zenith, Century, Galaxy & Millennium. Bahamas Celebration, and my favorite ship of all, Regal Empress! Cunard Diamond, Celebrity Elite, RCI Diamond (and I've yet to sail on RCI!!)
1,247 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
Mine was in July 2009 on the Carnival Fantasy. It was my college graduation gift and I've been hooked ever since!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
You Got Worries, You Can Drop Them In The Blue Ocean, But You Gotta Get Away To Where The Boat Leaves From!

Carnival Fantasy- July/August 2009- Cozumel
Carnival Elation- May 2010- Progreso & Cozumel
Carnival Elation- May/June 2011- Cozumel & Calica
Carnival Elation-May/June 2012-Progreso & Cozumel
Carnival Elation- June 2013- Progreso & Cozumel
Carnival Elation- June 2014- Progreso & Cozumel
Carnival Elation- June 2015- Progreso & Cozumel
Carnival Triumph- July 2016- Progreso & Cozumel
Carnival Fantasy- May 2017- Costa Maya & Cozumel
Carnival Dream- May 2018- Belize, Isla Roatan & Cozumel
Salado, Texas
273 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
January 2014 on the Caribbean Princess but DH's first was the SS Norway, an NCL ship.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature

RC Liberty Of The Seas 10/9/2016
Carnival Magic 1/10/2016
Norwegian Jewel 11/1/2014
Caribbean Princess 1/4/2014
1,192 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
02-02-02; our 25th anniversary celebration. It was on the brand new Golden Princess, Eastern Caribbean. Truly a wonderful experience!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature

Golden Princess 02/2002
Grand Princess 02/2003
Carnival Inspiration 07/2004
Sun Princess 02/2006
Sun Princess 02/2007
Caribbean Princess 02/2008
Emerald Princess 02/2009
Carnival Destiny 10/2009
Emerald Princess 03/2011
Celebrity Equinox 03/2012
Celebrity Equinox 03/2013
Celebrity Equinox 03/2014
Caribbean Princess 09/2014
Celebrity Equinox 03/2015
RCI: Freedom of the Seas 9/27/2015
Celebrity Equinox 03/2016
RCI: Oasis of the Seas 10/2016
RCI: Adventure of the Seas 03/2017
RCI: Serenade of the Seas 09/17
Celebrity Reflection 02/18
3,937 Posts
Joined Apr 2010
June 1992 on Carnival Festivale - our honeymoon cruise. We sailed out of San Juan and went to St. Thomas; St. Maarten/St. Martin; Dominica; Barbados; Martinique; Sea Day; San Juan. Unfortunately not much in the way of pictures because those were the days of "film". But I think I've made up for it on two recent cruises out of San Juan...just need to get back to Dominica and Martinique.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature

CARNIVAL LIBERTY - September 20 - 27, 2015 (Southern Caribbean: San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, San Juan); LIBERTY 2015 REVIEW: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2275573
CARNIVAL LIBERTY - April 5 - 12, 2014 (Western Caribbean: Miami, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman...missed port, Miami); LIBERTY 2014 REVIEW: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2039919
CARNIVAL VALOR - May 5 - 12, 2013 (Southern Caribbean: San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, San Juan); VALOR 2013 REVIEW: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1917645
CARNIVAL GLORY - May 9 - 16, 2010 (Eastern Caribbean: Miami, HMC Bahamas, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk, Miami)
CARNIVAL MIRACLE - March 12 - 19, 2006 (Western Caribbean: Tampa, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya, Tampa)
Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas - January 16 - 23, 2000 (Mexican Riviera: Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Los Angeles)
CARNIVAL FESTIVALE - June 14 - 21, 1992 (Southern Caribbean: San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Dominica, Barbados, Martinique, San Juan)

5,667 Posts
Joined Dec 2008
Twice, in the 60s, I took my mum on a "cruise", which was living on board a Scottish ferry, and being met at each port by a coach, to visit islands and Highlands.
My OH was travelling to and from UK/Africa as a child in the 40s to 6os, on liners ...he still won't refer to these trips as cruising, but occasionally will drop nuggets such as before my first visit to Madeira, that Madeira was where they replenished coal to the liner.
Our first real cruise was a fortnight in the Caribbean on Sea Princess, 2006. It was different to our previous experiences which included many more nights on ferries, and an eye opener. He loved the Caribbean, but I didn't; I did, however, fall in love with the ship.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
20 cruises; 11 ships; 8 lines; 94 ports
Newark, DE
87 Posts
Joined May 2015
Early 1980's on a Carnival ship for 7 days.

I have since sailed on Holland American, and RCCL. My DH and I will board the Grandeur as Emerald in Oct. and debark as Diamond.

I LOVE to travel.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Melbourne, FL
8,118 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
Summer 1974

new USCG Cadet ..... USCGC EAGLE

I climbed to the tippy top of the main mast

26 years later I was Captain of this

with many cruises in between

1980ish on Commodore CARIBE (we sailed this 4 times in 18 months due to free tickets from a business deal!!!)

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Capt BJ

Costa (1982), Commodore, NCL, Windstar, Princess,
DCL, RCL, Viking River, Cunard (TA)
50+ cruises
USCG Captain, retired - 6 ships, 2 commands, 12 yrs @ sea
Shellback, Golden Dragon, Bering Sea winter vet
Tall ship sailor