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Yay! First cruise booked!

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Finally, finally we have a cruise on the books! I've wanted to try one for a longgg time but the circumstances never really lined up and I'd go on other trips with various travel partners. But now that my husband and I have decided we'll travel over Christmas every year and he pretty much picked last year's destination (Vegas), I rallied hard for a cruise for 2019 and he agreed! He's not as excited as I am but I really do think/hope once we board the Norwegian Bliss on December 20th that he'll be floored and have a great time. I can't wait!

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Congratulations! Hopefully your Hubby will surprise you and end up loving it! Then you guys will be addicted. Best vacations ever!

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Congratulations! You will both enjoy it and might even get hooked on cruising. I bet your husband will mention next cruise first 🙂

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19 hours ago, kylielkinnaman said:

I rallied hard for a cruise for 2019 and he agreed! He's not as excited as I am but I really do think/hope once we board the Norwegian Bliss on December 20th that he'll be floored and have a great time. I can't wait!

 

A couple members of my wife's family, who cruise often, kept trying to get us to go, but it just wasn't something we ever considered. But a few years ago, we agreed. I wasn't excited at all, but her and our son were, so I went along with it for them. It took me about a day to get out of my "this isn't for me" funk, but after that, I really started to enjoy it. In the end, I (we) loved it. We went again last year, have one booked for next March, and are considering booking an "in-between" for this winter just so we don't have to wait so long. There's still plenty of land-based vacations I want to do, places we've been that I want to go back to or others we haven't been to yet, but we'll also continue to cruise. Hopefully your husband goes into it with an open mind. There's all kinds of things to do on a cruise, he just needs to find the things he enjoys. If he liked Vegas, there's always the casino on board. Good luck and have fun.

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A first cruise is very exciting.  I remember how excited and nervous I was when I booked my first cruise.  I tried to imagine what it would be like, but nothing really compared to actually doing it. 

To make things go more smoothly, I would definitely recommend reading reviews and doing a little research.  Since NCL requires reservations for some shows, you might want to see when these can be booked online.  When I went on my first Norwegian cruise, I didn't do any planning so I didn't realize until we boarded the ship that we had to have reservations for shows.  I had to take a quick trip to guest services, but some shows were full for certain nights.

If you both end up enjoying cruising as much as many of us do, be warned that it's a passionate addiction.  I never even thought about cruising until my co-worker mentioned going on a family cruise.  I booked my first cruise in 2013 and have been on many cruises since then.  We try to do two or three a year now.

I hope you have a wonderful time.  The people posting in the Norwegian section can help you with cruise-specific questions.

 

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Congratulations on booking your first cruise.

 

Christmas is a magical time of the year and so many ships are decorated so beautifully.

 

I would be surprised if your husband doesn't like his first cruise.

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We actually don't celebrate Christmas, but it'll be fun to be around people who are in festive and jolly moods! We sure will be feeling excited just to be there! 

 

I have been reading a ton of reviews and definitely plan on booking speciality dining and the shows as soon as we can. I'm a huge type-A overplanner and wish we could pre-book laser tag and the go-karts, too! We will have a few things to pay for onboard (go-karts, upgraded WiFi, laser tag...probably a few Starbucks!) but really want to have as much pre-paid and pre-planned as we can!

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9 hours ago, kylielkinnaman said:

We actually don't celebrate Christmas, but it'll be fun to be around people who are in festive and jolly moods! We sure will be feeling excited just to be there! 

 

If you want festive you need to try a Halloween cruise.  We did one on Royal Caribbean 3 years back and it was a hoot.  We saw at least a hundred of the neatest costumes in a parade down the Promenade.  

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