I Love Cruising…..

I have had a love for cruising since my first cruise in 2004. My very first cruise was aboard Norwegian Dream, a now defunked cruise ship that at the time of our sailing was old, it was only to be around for a year or two more at that point.

But what did I know? It was my first and I was quickly in love. One thing I learned from that cruise was to NOT tell new cruisers that the ship they are on, or the line they are cruising, is not that great! If I found myself in this situation I think I would practice the golden rule of “If you have nothing nice to say- say nothing at all” When we first cruised we were with about 50 of our friends, including my parents, and almost all of them were repeat cruisers. They were so quick to tell us novices that the cruise we were experiencing was subpar to their own past experiences. I remember feeling very put out by this repeated information! I did not know whether this cruise was among the best, or worst, since I had nothing to compare it to. There was a lot of “Royal Caribbean is so much better” and “you don’t know this but this cruise STINKS!” being said! hahaha I did not appreciate it and felt they were blemishing my experience with their biased remarks. I wanted to form my own opinions and would have appreciated a clean slate to start with! But it did not ruin our experience, I always say a cruise is what we make of it!! We had a fantastic time! It was simply amazing! In the end I feel sorry for those that found fault with everything about this ship! Obviously we had the better time!

I do not have pictures from that first cruise, I didn’t get a FB account until 2009 so…….I have pics somewhere but where? Come on! We moved to Florida and I fear they are still in a box somewhere! I know that is bad since we will have been here 3 years this October! But I have been busy cruising!

I do have pictures from our next cruise which was a Disney cruise in 2009 aboard the Wonder.

Disney Wonder March 2009
Once you enter the terminal in Port Canaveral
The Flying Dutchman at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay

After this cruise we were hooked. We began cruising yearly. Now 11 years, 25 cruises and 7 cruise lines later……I would say we are experienced. And I hope I never tell a novice that their first cruise is subpar! I want everyone to love cruising as much as I do! I must help the ship put their best foot forward!

I love talking about cruising so much so that I created a YouTube channel. If you have been around here for any amount of time you probably know this. My channel is simply called Cruising with Christine! That link will take you to my newest vlog! I have 18 Playlists with different cruise ships/lines that we have sailed on. I recently did my first solo sailing! Yes, that is in there too! Look for Mariner of the Seas solo cruise!

Thanks for allowing me to ramble on about cruising and how much I love it. I can’t wait for cruising to resume! This pandemic has taken a huge toll on all of us ! It has been very hard on the cruise industry! I for one am looking forward to my next cruise! Fingers crossed that it happens! When is your next cruise?

The days run together…… on a cruise!

 

And that is a good thing! My days always seem to run into each other! Things like time and schedules seem to disappear into a vast black hole- along with any problems, or annoyances, that my “regular” life may hold! Ya know, back there on land..….

Let me count the reasons I love cruising!

  1. Rolling waves under my feet
  2. Relaxation
  3. Lounge chairs and books
  4. Private balconies
  5. Daily make up and turn down service
  6. Those cute towel animals 57758381186__0c8297a2-ed12-43bf-adfd-68f034e0c10b
  7. Particular ice cream bars if on a particular cruise line mickey bars
  8. Particular cake if on anotherimg_2334
  9. Speaking of..foodimg_2622 one of our favorite dishes! French Onion Soup
  10. Big screen movies under the stars….img_2751
  11. Destinations

    12. Serenity (or any adult area)

 

I could go on and on…..these are just 12 of the reasons I love cruising!

Doug loves cruising for-

Guys Burgers and Quatro Formaggi

 

And free soda on Disney cruise lines! As well as the soft serve ice cream on all cruise ships!  And of course he loves those Mickey bars, especially when we order them as room service and they arrive in their fancy silver dome covered dish!

So now that you know just a few of the reasons I love to cruise, what are some of your reasons?

Hope you leave me a comment below and share with me!  Also, consider subscribing to my YouTube channel. The link is to the right…..over there…. yeah, click that! And don’t forget to click the little bell so you will know when I upload a new adventure!  You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram….cruisingwithchristine on all sites!  And links strewn throughout this site as well…..scavenger hunt!!  Haha!

Talk soon and happy sailing!

I hate drama and controversy…..but…..

So lately there has been some controversy brewing in the YouTube/Cruise Vlog community! This has caused me to want to address what should happen when you book a cruise with a travel agent….and what you should expect from your travel professional! And, what you should never do when booking a cruise with a travel agent;especially one you have never met in person.

So in this video below I refer to a controversy. I never say what it is and I realize when I watched it over that this can be very frustrating! To not really know what I am talking about. So I will briefly tell you that the controversy had to do with a very popular cruise vlogging family on YouTube. This family, or the matriarch of the family, is being accused of taking deposits for group cruises and not booking the cruise. I do not have anything to do with them and I do not know what is factual; I am aware of the accusations and the fact that, to date, the person accused has not addressed the accusations.

Because of this controversy I decided to address booking policy as it relates to taking deposits. I also took the time to explain who I am and what my experience is. At the time that I made this video my Facebook page had a different name. It is now Cruising with Christine and you can find a link at the bottom of this page!

 

Join me on our Group Cruise!

$25 per person holds your cabin! We have Ocean View and Interiors available! 5 of each category! All prices are based on Double occupancy and if you book as a single the deposit is 200% ($300)

Why book a group cruise?  Special group rates! Liberal payment schedule! And you can join in on group fun or not! Hang with us or not, it is entirely up to you!  Regardless of whether you decide to take part in any group activities or not, you still get to take advantage of the group pricing and the very easy payment plan!  $25.00 per person or $50.00 per cabin to hold your spot! We can assign your cabin once you pay the full deposit; all this info is in the link below!

I would love to cruise with you!  And if this is your first cruise it is a great way to be introduced to the world of cruising! You will have people, me included, to help you learn all about cruising! it is so much fun and a great way to see a few different places in one vacation!

Any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at christine@letscruisenow.com

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