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Friends of ours have just returned from their first cruise, which they loved. They decided to give it a try after hearing over the years how much we enjoy it as a holiday experience.

 

I should be on commission the number of people I have sent P&Os way. For Brits it's always a good place to start as it feels familiar and is generally an acceptable all round package.

 

For me it was watching the Love Boat which, at the time, seemed so sophisticated and thinking I would like to try cruising. For those of you too young to remember the Love Boat was an American TV series set on a Princess ship. It was a light hearted rom com. If I watched it now I would probably not be so impressed but this was back in the 70s when some uk hotel rooms were still not en suite and there were no fancy cocktails or pool parties.

 

So what gave you the cruise bug?

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Bit of a strange one, car broke down in Paris and the time taken to repair it wasn't worth the onward journey so we returned home. Went back to work early and took the next available holiday slot which was pretty close. Only last minute that we half fancied was a Thomson Cruise, been doing it ever since on various lines.

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We were on holiday and one evening was walking the coastal path down by the airport and sailing out of Arrecife was a cruise ship all lit up, it looked great and on returning home the sight of this stayed with me. So much that we booked a North sea ferry from Hull to Belgium a few times to experience being out at sea, which we loved even on a very stormy crossing .

That was it , we booked the Thomson Destiny and sat in the Sky bar sipping our drinks decided that this was going to be our new future holidays. Got home and was back on same ship in a few weeks.

Mrs Kalos declared this was to be our future regarding holidays. The rest is now history.

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Good friends of ours had been cruising for years and waxing lyrical about it. We wanted to do something special for my partner's 40th birthday in 1995 so booked a first class transatlantic crossing on QE2 from New York to Southampton. We loved it so much that two years later we went on P&O's Victoria for two weeks around the Med. Loved that also and cruised often after that. I am pleased that we did this as it meant I felt comfortable cruising solo after Tony died in 2012.

Cruising has changed so much since then but to my mind still provides a great product with decent food and - generally - fabulous entertainment. I personally prefer the more traditional style of cruising, with Formal Nights and fixed dining on a mid-size ship. I also like to cruise sometimes on older (proper) ships - hence going on Marco Polo next year, a 51 year-old ship.

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I just love the sea, but I think we 'got the bug' when we did a 3 day mini cruise to Egypt / Israel from Cyprus for hubby's 40th birthday. She was only a small Louis Cruise ship, the Princess Marissa, but we had an amazing time and the views from the cabin window were incredible. I remember sitting at the back of the ship under the stars with a pot of tea (yip, we have changed somewhat since then!) and decided there and then that we would look in to cruising for a holiday. I remember being docked in Limassol by what we thought was a HUGE cruise ship and never thought in a million years that we would have been able to go on so many cruises since. We've since noticed in our photos that the 'huge' ship was the Celebrity Millenium, so am guessing that the Marissa was smaller than we thought! :D

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We used to winter holiday in Eilat, Israel every year, for sunshine and birdwatching, until we started feeling a bit 'uncomfortable' because of the heightened security.........then John saw a weeks cruise of the Red Sea and Suez, so we booked it !!

 

That was it, we were hooked and in a months time we will go on our 37th cruise !!!!!

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When I was little, I was bought a set of encyclopaedias. The one colour photo I liked most was a photo of RMS Queen Elisabeth. Growing up I used to think of this and wanted to go on a big ship. In 2001 for our Silver Wedding we cruised on Aurora. It was clearly going to be a one off as you could not afford that sort of holiday very often.

 

So we have never been again.

 

 

Well not the exact Cruise. :)

 

 

 

 

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Mum and Dad started cruising back in 80's and when Dad died mum wanted to go on holiday and there was only me who could go with her. Kicking and screaming I got on Aurora in 2004. We did another 8 cruises together and I am now on cruise 24.

 

Funny old world.

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Our first cruise in 1992 was a 4 nighter Bahamas cruise on an old Carnival tub the Carnivale during the US spring break period, originally she had been the Empress of Britain built on the Clyde, despite this we enjoyed ourselves.

Five years later we did a Thomson 7 night Med cruise on the Emerald, another old ship but the Thomson entertainment was superb, and the food not bad either, and we had great table companions and were hooked completely.

Twenty eight cruises later and following my wife's stroke we are so grateful we found cruising early as this is now the only way for us to enjoy overseas holidays.

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Hi we started cruising in 2009 we had previously always had beach holidays in the Caribbean, but our daughter was now 17 and we guessed this would probably be the last time she would holiday with us as A levels and Uni beckons,we thought maybe something abit different for a hol so we sailed on the then new Celebrity Solstice

Eastern Med we all had a wonderful time and was hooked, our daughter

now graduated is cruising with her boyfriend one med plus one Caribbean and that's makes four generations in our family who have enjoyed cruising over the years

 

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Our first cruise in 1992 was a 4 nighter Bahamas cruise on an old Carnival tub the Carnivale during the US spring break period, originally she had been the Empress of Britain built on the Clyde, despite this we enjoyed ourselves.

Five years later we did a Thomson 7 night Med cruise on the Emerald, another old ship but the Thomson entertainment was superb, and the food not bad either, and we had great table companions and were hooked completely.

Twenty eight cruises later and following my wife's stroke we are so grateful we found cruising early as this is now the only way for us to enjoy overseas holidays.

 

We loved the Emerald and its excellent entertainment - remember Lenny and Ashley ?

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We won a cruise on QE2 in 1991, a 2 night voyage to nowhere! Loved it, but it was 1995 before our first 'proper' cruise on Oriana, and then followed 26 further cruises on P&O. We fell out with P&O in 2009, and went to Celebrity for 4 years, then we took a sabbatical for a few years, and now cruise on Cunard, although our next one on QE may be the last, as age and health are making it very difficult to get travel insurance. Plenty of the UK to see yet!

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Mum and Dad started cruising back in 80's and when Dad died mum wanted to go on holiday and there was only me who could go with her. Kicking and screaming I got on Aurora in 2004. We did another 8 cruises together and I am now on cruise 24.

 

Funny old world.

 

A similar story to ours. My In-laws had been on several cruises and after mother-in-law was widowed she very kindly paid for us to join her on Ventura for 2 weeks to the Med in 2010. From the moment we stepped on board that was it, we were hooked!

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We loved the Emerald and its excellent entertainment - remember Lenny and Ashley ?

I do indeed, I was quite smitten with Ashley, although she was young enough to be my daughter even then.

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Our first cruise was in Dec 2010...had .been "thinking" about for a while then decided because a special wedding anniversary was coming up and my brother and his wife had already booked we decided to give it a go. It was simply a fantastic cruise to the Caribbean and doing the full Panama canal that we came back fully smitten with cruising. Haven't done any land based holidays abroad since ....only in this country....which we love

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Forgot to mention that our first 'real' cruise was on the Ocean Village 2 - the cruise for people who don't like cruising. Makes me laugh thinking about that title. We LOVED her and every second of the week onboard:)

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As we had a sailing boat, we used to look up at these cruise ships, shudder and say we would never do that.

 

Then we took a Kuoni holiday to Hong Kong and Bali and the last 4 days were on a tiny cruise ship called Oceanic Odyssey, about 80 passengers only. We went to Lombok, Komodo and Sumbawa. So we started thinking actually it was really good fun.

 

After that it was a little ship called the Athena out of Falmouth, all the way to the Caribbean. Only 15,000 tons. So I think that is why we will never sail again on a really big one. Oriana is about the limit. We really like her. Tried Azura as I have said somewhere else. Hated it.

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In 1985 we were looking at going to Florida but wanted to combine it with somewhere else and spotted a package that included 1week on the Carnival Holiday which had just been launched. We had a fantastic 10 days in Florida followed by an even better 7 days on the Holiday. 44 cruises later we are still cruising, 24 of those cruises have been on P&O and for most of those cruises we have had a wonderful time though over the last few years we have found ourselves complaining about falling standards. I really can't see us stopping cruising in the near future and being retired and now unable to fly it looks like P&O will be getting most of our cruise £s.

Strangely we have never been on another Carnival ship even in our 30s they were "too party" for us.

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In 1994, we moved to the Isle of Wight with my job (don’t ask, we have moved several times since). We used to regularly see the cruise ships going past Cowes, but didn’t think much of it as we were ‘too young’ for that sort of holiday.

 

Then, in 1995, we watched a documentary series on satellite TV called ‘Supership Oriana’ which, over around 4 hours, showed the design, construction, fit out, sea trials and maiden cruise of the ‘first modern ship built exclusively for the British market’. I still have a poor quality copy of it recorded on a VCR! We couldn’t believe how luxurious the ship looked and the facilities on board, so in 1996 we decided that we would abandon our then 2 year old with Grandma and Grandad for 9 nights as we did a cruise on Oriana from Southampton to Istanbul (fly home). Being in our early 30’s at the time, we were younger than all but around a dozen of the passengers, most of whom were complaining that it “wasn’t as nice as Canberra”. We were allocated table 1 in Club dining (no other choice then) and were sat with another couple and two sisters, all of whom were around our age. We had a ball and were nearly always last to leave the restaurant.

 

We didn’t manage another cruise for 10 years but then started again with our two children. The kids are now adults and have started, on occasion, coming with us again. Guess who pays?

 

Unfortunately, my wife has become disabled in recent years and is now a wheelchair user. She finds P&O Cruises to be near perfect for her as the ships are well set up for disabled guests and the staff are all fabulous with her. Although both still working, we are now managing around 3 cruises a year and we are planning on taking early retirement in 2 years time so will then start getting serious about this cruising lark - health permitting.

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I was 19 and friends at work were going from Boston to Bermuda on a cruise. They asked if I wanted to go. I asked how much, they told me, I had the $$ and off we went. I completely fell in love with cruising.

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A 25th wedding anniversary surprise cruise on OV1 since then we do at least one a year and have tried many different lines, trying P and O for the first time this year so looking forward to it.

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I fancied to try it just the once and convinced hubby that 5 nights around the med would be a compromise as he really didn’t want to be at sea. I used my 40th birthday trump card. We both loved the different places to explore each day, and being spoilt on board. Been on one a year since then, although that is only 6 in all. Number 7 in less than 100 days, yippee!

 

 

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Like Linda I fancied cruising as it was always something I wanted to do but hubby really did not so having a special birthday that year I said I would do a three nighter on my own. He came along of course, and I had booked lots of treats thinking I wouldn’t be cruising ever again! That was five years ago and I think seven cruises ago, all except one on P&O. We were hooked straight away. There are four cruises in the pipeline so to speak! [emoji924][emoji924]❤️❤️

 

 

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I wanted to travel overseas to Britain and Europe and cruising to and fro was the way one travelled from Australia in 1969/70. Those cruises via the Panama over and return via South Africa set the tone for all future cruising. It was all about the destinations.

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In the far-off days when we were DINKIES, we were trying to decide what to do for our next summer holiday. For some unknown reason I'd always fancied cruising, so I said to DH that if we could try cruising that year, he could pick the holiday the next year. Our first cruise was on Canberra in the early 90s, an almost identical itinerary to the one we did this summer, down to the Canaries. It was in late October (over DH's birthday) and despite not brilliant weather and probably being the youngest people on board by a good margin, we had a wonderful time and DH was totally hooked.

A couple of years later we were in the same situation (debating main holiday) and a leaflet dropped through the letterbox from a local TA advertising a significant reduction on a cruise to the Eastern Med. As we'd both wanted to go places on the itinerary we booked immediately and had a fab 2 weeks on Sea Princess visiting Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and Greek Islands. Despite missed ports and other incidents that made it a very eventful cruise we loved it. We then had a 17-year gap before cruising again, one with RCI and 4 with P&O and cruise once every couple of years.

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We flew to new york for our silver wedding anniversary.

After five nights, we returned back to the uk, on qm2.

Have not been on a plane since. 2006. No jet lag, and would not

Have visited so many places without cruising. Although, it is now

Hard to find any new routes to travel. No flying.

Oh, i also live in southampton!

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What a lovely thread! I’m enjoying all these memories.

I’m relatively new to cruising having had our first one in 2012. I’ve always loved the sea. Like many others it was supposed to be a one off special for our 25th wedding anniversary! And guess what? We’ve been on one every year since even if it’s just a 4 or 5 nighter!

In 2018 I’m going with my friend who has never cruised as an adult but went on Canberra and the original Oriana as a child. Her husband refuses to try it so we’re going together! In February I’m also going on a 4 nighter with my hubby so he won’t miss out! Well that’s how I sold it to him! [emoji6]

 

 

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We started cruising in 2011 to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday. Prior to that we usually drove to the South of France twice a year since I wont fly but 'she who must be obeyed' wanted to do something different.

 

Now done 8 RCI and 3 P&O cruises and have 4 P&O cruises in the pipeline but will still go to France once a year .

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2010 (bad winter) aborted fly holiday. Poor treatment by holiday co.

So, trial 7 nights to fiords summer 2010, followed by Panama Canal cruise via Acapulco, followed by cruise addiction, mostly ex Southampton now

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We won a cruise in 1976 on the Ellinis, a ship of the Chandris line which later became Celebrity. Had a wonderful time but then we had children. I did 3 school cruises when I was teaching in the 90's which were enjoyable despite my colleague and I having 20 teenagers in tow. Since our children flew the nest , in 2003, we've been spending their inheritance with P&O and Cunard. It also helps living in Southampton.

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I was told to take a weeks vacation or loose my time. I had 3 weeks to plan. A friend convinced me to take a cruise. I booked 10 days out, Even with 2x solo rate, it was less than I looked at for other options.

 

Been cruising solo, with friends, family ever since.

 

 

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What a lovely thread! I’m enjoying all these memories.

I’m relatively new to cruising having had our first one in 2012. I’ve always loved the sea. Like many others it was supposed to be a one off special for our 25th wedding anniversary! And guess what? We’ve been on one every year since even if it’s just a 4 or 5 nighter!

In 2018 I’m going with my friend who has never cruised as an adult but went on Canberra and the original Oriana as a child. Her husband refuses to try it so we’re going together! In February I’m also going on a 4 nighter with my hubby so he won’t miss out! Well that’s how I sold it to him! [emoji6]

 

 

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Totally agree. A lovely thread and a great way of getting to know fellow CC members better in some way.

Happy cruising everyone :-)

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We used to drive on the Continent for our holidays, but were finding parts of it not much fun, if the hotel wasn't good, or we didn't find a great restaurant, and it was getting tiring being constantly on the move.

We sailed back on the ferry which used to run from Hamburg to the UK which was about 24 hours on board, and both realised that that had been a highlight of our holiday. Soon after we saw an advert from a local TA, offering door to ship transport... it was from our front door to the Caribbean, where we were staggered at the sight of the massive Sea Princess.

We've hardly done a land holiday since.

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When my husband first become disabled we used to fly to Tenerife as we had teenage children. My husband used to get stressed before the flight as he really didn't like having to be lifted on/off the plane, usually ending up bruised and battered. Family members had been cruising for years and kept telling us we would love it. My only encounter of big ships was to Denmark on a DFDS ship in the winter in gale force 11.. I kept saying no until my daughter herself cruised and took a photo of the disabled cabin and how easy it would be for us. That was it, down to the travel agents the next day. My husband now looks forward to his holiday as much as I do, in fact probably more. It is so much easier for him to be able to just get around on his own than going out in resorts. The only problem we encounter now is trying to get an accessible cabin. Fortunately I have 4 booked over the next 2 years.

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Yes I have enjoyed this thread, and wish it was like FB where you can click like on a posting! I have “liked” them all![emoji924][emoji924][emoji106]

 

 

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I haven't been on a cruise yet, but I'm hoping to soon. I was looking online for a holiday and saw an advert for the Strictly Come Dancing themed cruise. I love Strictly so I had a look at it. That cruise was too long and too expensive for me, but realised that a shorter cruise ticked every box for what I was looking for in a holiday. Plus I've always wanted to experience being on a ship.

 

I just wish I had realised this sooner, as the cruise I would have chosen is happening next week and I'll now have to wait a whole year for the next one.

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We really wanted to go to the Fjords and decided cruising was the best way to do it. I am prone to travel sickness but thought it would be lovely and calm in the Fjords. That was true but I overlooked the North Sea crossing! :eek: Suffice to say it was my first experience of Force 9! However sailing down to the likes of Geiranger and Flam was absolutely amazing and I survived the rough seas without it putting me off cruising.

We were overwhelmed by the whole concept of a floating hotel, new destinations each day, comfortable accommodation, good food and were totally surprised by the superb entertainment (as others have mentioned, on Thomson).

We've never looked back and travelled on a variety of cruise line since to places I never imagined I would see - granted sometimes only for a day but what a joy to be able to experience so much. I'm still excited when we book another cruise - love the research, planning and revisiting old favourites as well as discovering something new. So lucky to be able to do it.

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We wanted to do something special for our 40th birthdays, they are 15 days apart, asked our TA at the time if he had any suggestions. He said had we thought about a cruise? No we hadn't but it was a thought to think of. We went away with armfuls of brochures. We came across a 2 week sailing on the Caribbean Princess that started the day after my birthday and ended on Hubbies. We geared up for it over 10 months and were super excited when our birthdays came around.

It didn't start well though as American Airlines misrouted one of our cases and sent it on it's own holiday with out us. It took 4 days to get it back to us and did put us off to a small degree. Princess did all the could to help us where possible, they gave us free tux and shoe hire as they were in that missing suitcase. They bought us snorkels and masks as again, in that missing suit case. I was at a loss as I had dresses and outfits I could wear but the shoes needed were yes in that other case to. We enjoyed the rest of the cruise but were unsure we would want to do another. And defiantly not a fly cruise.

Then 2 years later I got a promo email for a 2 day mini cruise from Southampton. Thought hey lets try it.

Been on a cruise every year since including 2 fly cruises. I tag up the cases as best I can before it's handed over at the airport and pray they don't make a similar mistake. so far it's not happened since.

Off again in 4 weeks, 1st real cruise on P&O and can't wait.

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