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Our Cruising Experiences

Posted Dec 12 2008 7:08pm

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In November we are booked to take another cruise and because we enjoy cruising so much, I'd like to find out who else we might have cruising in common with.

Have you ever been on a cruise, if so, how many?
I've been on 9

How long was the cruise?
The longest cruise we've taken has been 14 nights

Where did the cruise go?
We've been to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Hawaii

What kind of cabin do you book and why?
We've booked inside, outside, balcony, mini suites, and suites - of course a suite is fabulous but the longer the cruise the more expensive the cabin so most of the time we will book at least a balcony

What do you like about a cruise vacation?
Doing as much or as little as you like, it's perfect for a family vacation with multiple generations as there is something for everyone.

What cruise lines have you cruised with?
Carnival (1)
Commodore (they are no longer in business) (1)
Holland America (3)
Celebrity (3)
Norwegian Cruise line (1)

What is your favorite cruise line and why?
Holland America followed by Celebrity - Holland America because of it's older client base and quiet atmosphere along with the fabulous Indonesian Staff. Celebrity because we love the ship design and entertainment.

Below is the cabin and balcony on our cruise to Hawaii (Celebrity's Infinity), this was a Concierge Class Aft Balcony. We have the same type of cabin/balcony booked for November.

Celebrity Infinity CC Aft to HawaiiAft CC Class Verandahaft_2

Below is the Deluxe Verandah Suite we had on Holland America's Oosterdam to the Mexican Riviera and photos of the same class of cabin on HAL's Maasdam. The Deluxe Verandah Suites have access to a wide array of suite privileges that further enhance the cruise like priority embarkation/debarkation, Neptune Lounge, Concierge, priority dining seating, laundry and dry cleaning throughout the cruise is included.



Below is outside cabin on Commodore Cruise Line (there were 4 of us in this "closet" but we still had a great time. We didn't spend much time in the cabin (neither did the kids) and it suited us just fine, this was 8 years ago. The ship hit a horrible storm in the gulf coming back and the ship pitched and rocked and rolled so bad, I held onto the supports to the bunkbeds and prayed we wouldn't turn over......I was seriously scared. Our window/port hole was so near the water that during the storm it was under water the entire time.

Mom and Dad life jacket

This is a mini suite on NCL's Sun. The cabin and bathroom itself was very nice and very comfortable but the balcony was a joke for a mini suite. The balcony is the top right. We also didn't like the layout of the ship but we thought the food was good and the entertainment was enjoyable.


This is a mini suite on Holland America's Volendam, it was very comfortable. The Volendam is an older class ship but has been updated and is still a great cruise value.

PICT0010Verandah Suite on Volendam

I don't think I have photos of the first 2 cabins we ever cruised in. My first cruise was with a sister-is-law (that isn't anymore) and was on a Carnival ship that isn't used anymore, talk about closet, OMG!! That cabin was so small, you had to sit on the toilet to use the shower!!

My second cruise was with my family on Celebrity's Meridian (which is no longer in service) and was an inside cabin, no window, and had no more space than the one I took with my SIL.

I've had a great time on every cruise I've ever taken.
I'm just pickier about my cruises these days - I want a nicely appointed cabin and bathroom along with a decent sized covered balcony. We spend a great deal of time in our cabin and on our verandah and therefore it will make or break our cruise experience.

I'd love to hear what your cruise experiences have been like - maybe there are other lines and cabin categories I'd like to try.

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