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?

Disney Cruise Countdown!

Hey all! So we are 20 days away from our epic return to Disney Cruise Line! Woohoo! Doug and I are super excited!!  The last time we sailed on Disney was in 2013 on the Fantasy, we loved it, but one day while standing on deck 11 near the food court, I had the misguided thought that I needed a break from Disney cruising! So that was our last Disney cruise….until Feb 25, 2019! When we return to the Disney Dream.

Oh and that break I needed? Yeah well we cruised on Carnival next and there was no relief from the crowds of kids/families; as a matter of fact there was less space dedicated to hiding from it all!  We did find relief once we sailed on Celebrity. But what we realized after sailing 4 other cruise lines is that we love Disney and there is no substitute for the level of service/hospitality that we get on a Disney cruise! And the Disney ships are gorgeous beyond compare….I think only Cunard is going to come close;although Celebrity has a beautiful ship. We have not sailed Cunard  yet, and we won’t for another 2 or 3 years, so maybe I will see if I can do a ship inspection soon! I will let you know my thoughts.

Anyway, now we are back at Disney and we are excited. You may be surprised to know that Doug’s level of excitement rivals mine! lol

So here is a short vlog we made discussing the next 20 days!  If you enjoy the vlog or don’t want to miss any vlogs coming up- please subscribe! And like!  And thank you!

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!