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  1. I agree. I had a colleague who went on a two week Mediterranean cruise with a girlfriend. They broke up during the second week. They were unable to get a second cabin and neither wanted to leave the ship. He told me it was a pretty uncomfortable and frosty five days. Unlike the fellow that booked the three week cruise that worked, I don't think my colleague has ever taken another cruise.
  2. I have to say that I am enjoying hearing about how and why people started to cruise. I also like to hear about destination choices as well and why people choose a specific location for their first trip. I met a fellow on a cruise and he told me he booked his first cruise because the lady he had recently started dating told him she always wanted to take one. When they were booking, he chose the longest cruise they each could afford so he could spend more time with her. Luckily it seemed to have worked out because I believe they are still together. If it had not worked out, a three week cruise might have been a bit awkward.
  3. That was the show that inspired my friend and I to take a cruise as opposed to going on vacation elsewhere. We were in our early 20s and had been watching it and thinking that it looked like cruising was fun. It ended up it was!
  4. I am interested in knowing how people chose to take their first cruise. I took my first cruise decades ago when a friend and I decided to take an Alaskan cruise. We had watched a television program that depicted a rather glamorous/romantic side to cruising and we decided it would be a good way to meet guys and vacation at the same time. We did not do any research other than price and destination. Since we lived on the west coast, the Alaskan cruise was the cheapest cruise we could find. Unfortunately we ended up on a cruise geared to seniors so we did not meet anyone our age but we had a great time and the love of cruising was born. We both now cruise with our husbands. What made you take your first cruise and where was it?
  5. II I am interested in knowing how people chose to take their first cruise. I took my first cruise decades ago when a friend and I decided to take an Alaskan cruise. We had watched a television program that depicted a rather glamorous/romantic side to cruising and we decided it would be a good way to meet guys and vacation at the same time. We did not do any research other than price and destination. Since we lived on the west coast, the Alaskan cruise was the cheapest cruise we could find. Unfortunately we ended up on a cruise geared to seniors so we did not meet anyone our age but we had a great time and the love of cruising was born. We both now cruise with our husbands. What made you take your first cruise and where was it?
  6. I am sure you may have seen on the solo cruise thread that there are cruise ships that offer single rooms. Cunard for one and the Celebrity Edge (and soon Apex) have single rooms. Celebrity has single balcony cabins which is a bonus to single travelers. Cunard has special events for single travellers as well for those who might want to join in events with others.
  7. Shoot, no one has come out into the hallway and offered us a free bottle of champagne. We will have to walk the halls more often. We did have a situation one time where we were able to secure a very large two bedroom family room around the time of final payment. We had a reservation for an ordinary balcony cabin but after final payment, there were a number of higher class cabins available and there were two family cabins. The upgrade cost little so we jumped on it and found the cabin was huge with two bedrooms and a living room that was extremely large. We were travelling with a number of firefighters from Ottawa and all of us had been given bottles of wine as a welcome to our cabins. The cruise we were on also had offered complementary beverage packages. We had each bought a bottle of wine onboard but never seemed to get around to drinking them. On the final sea day before we were arriving at our final port, we decided to host a wine and cheese for our group. We thought we could get rid of the three bottles of wine and with everyone having a beverage package, champagne was also on offer from the ship. We had a large group show up to see the family room cabin and enjoy the wine and cheese. However an unforeseen benefit was that many of the attendees had not drunk their complementary wine and brought their bottles with them to donate to the wine and cheese. When all was said and done, we ended up with 9 bottles of wine left over and we were gifting them to the crew later that evening. We have never been able to secure another family cabin nor have we had left over wine. LOL
  8. Yes we definitely need a groan button. LOL
  9. Back to the topic. Many years ago when I was going on my first cruise with a group of friends, my great Aunt (who was 11 when the Titanic sank), was worried about our cruise ship sinking. She was a retired school teacher and a great researcher. She put together a ten page letter of tips to save myself when/if the boat started sinking. Number 1 was to immediately don a life jacket and stand by a life boat if we spotted an iceberg. We were going on a Hawaiian cruise. I still have the list.
  10. Thank you to those who have posted funny and interesting stories. It is nice to laugh with you. I found the story about the couple who buy all new clothing for a sailing to be a laugh. I wish I had that kind of money. LOL. I did go check my sea pass from our recent Celebrity Edge sailing and it had our cabin number on it minus the deck number. Our cabin was 11274 and the pass has 274 on it. I received some e-mails from people who said naked or scantily clothed people (most often in underwear), have from time to time, been seen in hallways. Victims of, as some of you have pointed out, stepping into the hallway for one reason or another and having the door slam shut. So I will have to mention to Dave that he has not been the only naked person to be trapped in a hallway. Thank you all for sharing those stories. I found to my surprise that melted chocolate on the bed sheets is also common. A women named Gerry wrote an amusing story about that happening to her and her husband on their last sailing. I will ask her to copy and paste her story into this thread as she gave the details of her husband waking up and finding the brown stain on the sheets. If anyone else has any funny or cute stories, I would love to hear them.
  11. I love this story and yes it made me smile.
  12. I had posted this on the 55+ topic but it might get a little more reader traffic in this location. Loads of funny things happen on a cruise and I am interested in hearing some of the stories that people have and are willing to share. On the ship or on the shore, if it is amusing, I hope we can read about it. I will start the discussion off with a story that happened on the May sailing of the Celebrity Edge: On a recent cruise, a friend of ours woke up during the night and tried to find his way to the bathroom. He did not want to wake his wife so he did not turn on a light. The blackout blinds were quite effective so the cabin was pitch black. Our friend felt his way to towards the bathroom, trying desperately not to bang into anything. Knowing that there was a night light on in the bathroom, he was looking for a door outline that was slightly illuminated. Unfortunately the cabin and bathroom doors were close together and he was a bit disoriented. When he saw a door frame with a hint of light showing, he quickly opened it and stepped out. As soon as he did so, he suddenly realized his mistake. He was in the hallway. At the exact time he recognized his error, he heard the unmistakable sound of the door clicking shut behind him. He was now naked and trapped in the hallway. At that moment he heard the unmistakable sound of a door opening just down the hallway and the voices of two women speaking: "Thank you for inviting me for a drink. See you tomorrow." said one of the women. Fearing imminent discovery, our friend pressed himself up against the door and started whispering "Claire, Claire, open the door." He was met with silence. He knocked louder, trying not to draw attention to himself. "Clair, Clair, open the door NOW". No response. He then started knocking loudly and calling for his wife. His wife woke up and could hear her husband but turning on the light, she could not see him anywhere in the cabin. She could hear knocking and the desperation in his voice. She checked the bathroom. No Dave. "Where are you?" she shouted. "In the hallway, open the door NOW." he cried. Claire opened the door and Dave rushed in past her. "What are you doing naked in the hallway?" she asked. Dave was just relieved to be safely back in the room. The next morning while recounting the story over breakfast Dave confessed that words can not describe the relief he felt when the lady he had heard exiting her friend's cabin, had proceeded to walk in the other direction.
  13. On a recent cruise, a friend of ours woke up during the night and tried to find his way to the bathroom. He did not want to wake his wife so he did not turn on a light. The blackout blinds were quite effective so the cabin was pitch black. Our friend felt his way to towards the bathroom, trying desperately not to bang into anything. Knowing that there was a night light on in the bathroom, he was looking for a door outline that was slightly illuminated. Unfortunately the cabin and bathroom doors were close together and he was a bit disoriented. When he saw a door frame with a hint of light showing, he quickly opened it and stepped out. As soon as he did so, he quickly realized his mistake. He was in the hallway. At the exact time he recognized his error, he heard the unmistakable sound of the door clicking shut behind him. He was now naked and trapped in the hallway. At that moment he heard the unmistakable sound of a door opening just down the hallway and the voices of two women speaking: "Thank you for inviting me for a drink. See you tomorrow." said one of the women. Fearing imminent discovery, our friend pressed himself up against the door and started whispering "Claire, Claire, open the door." He was met with silence. He knocked louder, trying not to draw attention to himself. "Clair, Clair, open the door NOW". No response. He then started knocking loudly and calling for his wife. His wife woke up and could hear her husband but turning on the light, she could not see him anywhere in the cabin. She could hear knocking and the desperation in his voice. She checked the bathroom. No Dave. "Where are you?" she shouted. "In the hallway, open the door NOW." he cried. Claire opened the door and Dave rushed in past her. "What are you doing naked in the hallway?" she asked. Dave was just relieved to be safely back in the room. The next morning while recounting the story over breakfast Dave confessed that words can not describe the relief he felt when the lady he had heard exiting her friend's cabin, had proceeded to walk in the other direction.
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