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I'm a Cruise Fanatic: 15 reasons I Love Cruising

Updated on November 23, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Chuck Hellier  on the island of Roatan with the cruise ship Norwegian Epic in the background.
Chuck Hellier on the island of Roatan with the cruise ship Norwegian Epic in the background. | Source

Cruising is the Ideal Vacation


To me, going on a cruise is the ultimate vacation. I had never gone on a cruise till 2006, and once I took my first one, I was hooked. I have been on 13 cruises in 11 years and loved every cruise.

Here are the top 15 reasons why I love cruising:

1) A cruise is the most romantic vacation I have ever been on. There are so many romantic activities for you and your loved one to do, and they are all withing walking distance of your room.From dancing to movies under the stars to dinner by candlelight, there's romance in the air on a cruise. (See my hub about how romantic can be here by clicking on the highlighted words )

2) Taking a cruise takes the money hassle out of a vacation. You pay for everything ( except alcohol and tips) upfront, and once you get on the ship, you don't have to worry about money anymore. The ship gives you a room key, which also acts as a credit card, so if you do want to buy extras, you can charge it and pay at the end. But the extras are optional.

3) You don't have to rent a car or drive. If you want to go on an excursion, you book your adventure, and the tour guide does the driving for you. Excursions can range from going scuba diving in turquoise Caribbean waters, to driving a dog sled in Alaska, to taking a helicopter ride over a volcano in Hawaii. All of those are rather expensive though, so if you are counting your pennies, you can just get off the ship and explore on your own, or take a less expensive tour that will take you on a bus around an island with a few stops along the way, etc.

4) The food is amazing! Whether you eat in a 24-hour buffet area, or a fancy restaurant, you can eat all you want, and not have to pay anything extra. It's all included in the price. If you DO choose to pay extra, all the large cruise ships have restaurants where you can pay a $10 - $25 extra charge to eat there, and have specialty foods, but the choice is yours.

5) The staff on cruise ships make me feel like royalty. On every cruise I have been on, the staff can't seem to do enough for me. And they are all so friendly. Happy people who go out of their way to make my day better are a pleasure to travel with.

6) There are hot tubs and pools to use every day. I always wanted a pool when I was growing up, but my family could never afford one. On a cruise, I can have my choice of various pools, and wonderfully warm relaxing hot tubs every day.

7) I have a work out center available to me just a few minutes walk away. And because I am eating so much delicious food every day, believe me, I use the workout center daily too.

8) There are always plenty of activities to do on a cruise ship that are within walking distance of my room. I have taken computer classes and scrap booking classes on a cruise. I have found wonderful books to read in the library, listened to beautiful music through headphones while reading, seen almost Broadway shows, heard fantastic live music of various types played nightly, heard hilarious comedians, heard speakers from various parts of the world on board my ship, gone dancing, and watched movies outside at night under the stars with popcorn and cozy blankets while cuddling with the love of my life.

9) There are numerous opportunities for my husband and me to have professional portraits taken, and bring home as mementos of a wonderful experience. We would not make an effort to have these types of pictures done if we weren't on a cruise ship with photographers readily available.

10) On many days, especially days at sea, there is no cell phone service, and that means we can relax. Also, we can check email, but due to the expense, it's not something we choose to do daily, so we can truly leave our troubles behind more easily.

11) A cruise can be much cheaper than taking a vacation and paying for a hotel room and food separately each day. If we book early enough or watch the various cruise discount websites, we can save money on cruises that make them actually less expensive than if we went somewhere by car, plane, or train and had to pay for a hotel room, rent a car, and eat out in restaurants every day.

12) Cruise ships are beautiful, and the surroundings make me feel like I am living in a floating palace. There are many cruise lines to choose from, and whether we take turns on each different cruise line to see the variety they have to offer or find one we like to stick with that line repeatedly to gain points and therefore perks, there are cruise lines and ships enough that everyone can find one they like. For repeat travelers on the same cruise line, there are perks such as, but not limited to free laundry service, free internet for a certain amount of hours, and a welcome back cruisers captain's reception.

13) Wildlife is abundant in the ocean, and I love to be able to go on deck and see whales, flying fish, dolphins, bald eagles, seals and sea lions swimming alongside the ship. I can't see anything as unusual as that on a vacation in a car, or from an airplane.

14) Many ships have spas that have spa passes available. My husband and I can work out, then use the spa as a reward. There are hot tubs, saunas, stream rooms, warm tiled lounges, spa pools, and relaxation rooms with hot tea and cold water available to help us relax. Using the spa for the duration of our cruise adds even more relaxation to our vacation. I have never been as relaxed as I am when I use the spa on a cruise ship.

15) Cruises offer a chance for adventure to see the world, with stops in numerous countries or islands in one trip. We can cruise the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands, Mexico, South America, Australia, the Orient, Alaska, etc. and bring our hotel rooms, delicious food, wonderful staff, and activities with us daily.

In my opinion, cruising is the ideal vacation. A cruise vacation is adventurous, simplified, and relaxing!


Copyright by Karen Hellier, 2012



My favorite pool on a cruise ship was here on the Sapphire Princess. It was an adult only pool and was very quiet and peaceful.
My favorite pool on a cruise ship was here on the Sapphire Princess. It was an adult only pool and was very quiet and peaceful. | Source

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Working out in the Norwegian Epic's workout center to burn off some of the calories from all the good cruise food!
Working out in the Norwegian Epic's workout center to burn off some of the calories from all the good cruise food! | Source
An over sized screen to watch Movies Under the Stars at night.
An over sized screen to watch Movies Under the Stars at night. | Source
Towel animals made by the wonderful cruise ship staff members on many ships greet passengers on their beds when they return from dinner.
Towel animals made by the wonderful cruise ship staff members on many ships greet passengers on their beds when they return from dinner. | Source
Going out to dinner together every night can be very romantic!
Going out to dinner together every night can be very romantic!

© 2012 Karen Hellier

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      I totally get why you area cruising junkie. I had never been on a cruise till a few years back. My daughter, her husband, my two grandsons, and my elder sister went. It was such fun. I would go again in a minute.

      You listed all of the reasons, too, that was true of my one cruise.

      Sending Angels your way this evening ps

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Fossillady,

      Oh you should go if you can. You can get some really good deals if you plan ahead. If it's a question of money and you want to do it as inexpensively as possible, check out smartcruiser.com or NCL and Princess have some fairly good deals on their transatlantic cruises if you don't mind mostly days at sea with only one or 2 stops. They are very relaxing.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      ShelitaDalton,

      So glad you liked article. Cruising is the best vacation, in my opinion. My husband and I have found that the best way to not be sad at the end of one cruise is to start planning the next one so we have that to look forward to!

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Wow, your article sure makes me want to take a cruise . . . have never had the privilege. One of these days . . . sigh

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      Shelita 4 years ago from New Orleans

      Hi Karen, I loved your article! I recently went on my first cruise and it was great. I can't wait to go on my next one.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Sheery,

      I have been on Holland America before. I didn't know they did those types of cruises. Thanks for the info.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      When I went it was on Holland America. For more info about the cruise SandyBeachesCruise.com

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      What cruise line is the cruise through? It sounds interesting!

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Well he's a great Texas blues man, been around a long time, but not exactly famous (I actually wrote a hub about him if you're really curious). He brings plenty of his musician friends along too. The music on the cruise is blues and rock with a little zydeco and country. There are always several shows going on at once.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Sherry Hewins,

      A music themed cruise sounds like fun. Is he someone famous or is he a cruise type entertainer. I have never heard of him...sorry. Yes, you are right about going back to the same room every night. No need to pack and unpack every day. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Cruises are wonderful, especially because you get to visit so many different places, but still go back to the same room every night.

      I especially like the music themed cruise I went on. Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches cruise. It was on the Holland America line. It was like a floating music festival, but still with the great food and amenities.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Wow, that's so neat. The very first cruise ship I ever went on was ALSO the Crown Princess on a trip to the Caribbean...in 2006. I would love to go back on it again now that I have been on more cruises. You're right, there is so much to do. Glad you enjoyed it and I hope you get to go on another cruise soon!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I went on a cruise about 3 years ago, and I loved it! It was the Crown Princess, and I had so much fun with my boyfriend! There's so much to do, both on the ship and on land. We went to the Caribbean, and it was beautiful. I want to go on a cruise again at some point. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      talfons

      You are most welcome. I have never been on a Disney cruise, thinking that it's mostly for kids. Although I have heard good things about the line. Never been on carnival or RCCL either. I want to go on RCCL but the cruise prices are always so much more than the deals we can get on Princess and Norwegian. Have you checked out their prices? Thanks for commenting.

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      talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      What can I say - those reasons you love cruising are mostly the same! I am a HUGE fan of cruises, and Disney is my favorite line (Carnival is second). I have been to 7 cruises, my recent one being RCCL's Majesty of the Seas in its 20th anniversary voyage in 2011! Thanks for writing this!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      robotmonster,

      No, I don't personally get claustrophobic, but we always have a room with a balcony so that probably helps. My husband has a friend who's wife gets sever claustrophobia and she won't go on a cruise unless they have a full suite. She's fine with that, but it costs a lot more money. Maybe you could look into a transatlantic cruise or a repositioning cruise and book a suite? They would be cheaper that way and you would have a balcony plus a few rooms to spread out in!

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      robotmonster 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I mean feel claustrophobic being on a cruise. Sorry, typo.

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      robotmonster 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Cool info, do you ever get claustrophobic? That's one of the reasons why I never gone on a cruise.

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      Filomena 4 years ago from MA

      The only thing I think that Norwegian Cruise lines lacks that Royal Caribbean has is the itinerary. RC goes to more locations like Switzerland, London, Ireland, Scotland, etc. Norwegian does more Caribbean and European destinations. I wish Norwegian would offer those types of cruise destinations would be really nice because I really love the NCL ships.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Faraujo120,

      Yes, we have been on the Norwegian Epic and also the Jewel and loved them both. I like the fact that the prices are quite reasonable. Every cruise ship does the same thing though with the cruise card. Each cruise line has something special about it, but our 2 favorites are Norwegian and Princess. I have heard good things about Royal Carribbean but they are more expensive than our 2 favorites.

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      Filomena 4 years ago from MA

      Karen, have you ever been on Norwegian? I think they are hands down one of the best ships in the industry. The service was impeccable, the entertainment was top notch, the food was indescriably delicious, and everything was so incredibly organized it blew my mind. Everything from the very last detail was not overlooked. When we got into our stateroom, the shore excursions that we had booked were sitting on top of the bed when we got into our room. When we were disembarking to get off the ship, all of our paperwork was ready for us in our guest mail slot. Everything was so smooth and easy. Including boarding, disembarkation, reservations, purchases, you name it. It was just a very smooth and easy experience. Even room service was fast and efficient. We ordered a pizza around midnight once. The pizza arrived in about 20 minutes, it only cost $5, and the size of this pizza was unbelievable. For $5, this pizza could have fed 6 people, and I am not exaggerating. You use your room card for all of your onboard purchases, and on the last day of your trip, your bill is sent up to your room along with all of your papers for disembarkation. It was just a really nice experience. And the ship was clean and everyone was so friendly. I highly recommend anyone taking their next cruise on the Norwegian cruise line. You won't be disappointed.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      FreeFrame34,

      I have never been on a cruise on the cruise lines that have had trouble. We tend to stay with the ones we have had good experiences with, and they also have good reputations. I highly recommend Princess cruises, Norwegian and Holland America. Cruising is so much fun. Some people say they don't want to spend so much time on a ship. The answer to that is to go on a cruise that has stops every day, and then there will be things to do and see each day off of the ship. We tend to like the days at sea, so we like as many sea days as possible on our cruises. Thanks for commenting.

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      FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

      You have a great, informative hub here! I've never been on a cruise before, and honestly, after all the negative news lately about cruise ships, I've been worried about taking one. It was refreshing to see your positive experiences! I think a cruise could be a lot of fun!

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      Filomena 4 years ago from MA

      Thanks so much Karen!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      mtroutson,

      Thanks for the tip. We would like to go to Austrailia on a cruise someday but we were thinking of going on Princess. I will check out that other company you mentioned. Thanks for reading and commenting, and I hope you enjoy your cruise!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      faraujo120,

      Sorry, I just saw this. To add photos to your hubs, click on edit when you are in the process of writing it ( or after if youw ant to add photos). Then click on the photo link which is in the top right of the box next to your hub. When you click on that, it brings up another box with 3 choices of importing or adding pics. I have my pictures loaded onto the computer, so I pick upload, go to My Pictures on my computer, click on the one I want, and then it automatically uploads it. If that doesn't make sense, go to the Learning Center on Hub Pages and look up how to add pictures there! good luck. Can't wait to see your hub with pictures.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      faraujo120,

      I am not a big fan of Carnival cruises because everyone calls them, The Party ship." Although I have never been on one, they tend to attract a young crowd that likes to party and be rather loud. But that beings aid, my parents have gone on 3 Carnival cruises with a group of friends from church and really like them. They may be in their staterooms at night watching TV when the party people are around though!

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      Filomena 4 years ago from MA

      What do you guys think about what's going on with the Carnival Cruise line? Another 2 of their fleet of ships was reported to have had problems. I don't think I would ever book a cruise with Carnival. Their ships seem to be falling apart. And if that keeps happening, they are going to lose a lot of business.

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      Michael Routson 4 years ago

      Hi Karen, I am going on a cruise next month, and it is great to see that others anjoy cruises as much as I do! If you ever make it onto an Australian cruise, be sure to go with a P&O cruise departing from Sydney or Brisbane, as they are usually the cheapest, and the ships departing from those ports get the first pick of the company staff, so they usually have the best service. If you're lucky, they will even give you bonus onboard credit on your key card!

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      Filomena 4 years ago from MA

      Hi Karen, when you have a moment, check out my Hug Page and add any comments if you like. And how did you get to post pics on your page? Can you let me know how to do that? Thanks!! :)

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      Filomena 4 years ago from MA

      Wow! That's amazing. Sometimes CruisesOnly sends me links to Last Minute Deals, for around $699 pp, but the thing about that is, you have to book the vacation within that month. If I was able to do that I would jump at the chance. But I'm a planner, and when I plan a vacation it takes a lot of effort, packing, shopping, making sure everything is taken care of. I also love the All- Inclusive packages, because the last time I went on one of those to Jamaica, I flew into Jamaica, and everything was included for 7 days. I think I paid , $549 pp back then. And that was including the airfare. This trip to Europe that I am taking, the airfare costs more than the cruise!!! I was floored by the cost of airfare these days. Flying is so expensive. The cruise into Bermuda left right out of Boston, so there was no flying involved and the cost of the trip was dirt cheap. I think we paid $900 pp for 7 days. If you have AAA, you can also book cheap cruises at AAA with your membership card. You save quite a bite as a AAA member. With Cruises Only, if you book the trip with them again, they give you rewards, onlboard spending, upgrades, discounts, etc. Bargains are great!!!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Me too! I have written a bunch of hubs about saving money with coupons. Getting a deal on something you want makes it twice as much fun. In fact we booked a transatlantic cruise for September for $770 each for 12 days. When my husband called to actually book it at that price, the guy on the other end of the phone asked if he was an AARP member. When my husband said yes, he said we get 10% off, so the cruise is only costing $700 each!!! We love bargains!

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      Filomena 4 years ago from MA

      That's true. Especially if you take advantage of the frequent flyer mile packages, I bet you can get some really good deals on flights. I have to sign up for those FFM programs. I love a bargain and I love to save money. :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      No, my husband always books the airfare himself because he travels a lot for work so has a lot of airline miles that we use toward less expensive flights. But we need to do it through the airlines. Glad you like Hub Pages. It is great here.

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      Filomena 4 years ago from MA

      That's true. I actually booked my airfare for our cruise on the Norwegian this fall right through the cruise line. This way, if your airfare is booked with the ship, in case your flight is delayed they have to make arrangements to make sure you get to the ship before it disembarks. I liked the idea of booking the excursions on the ship as well, we booked a couple at Guest Services,but they are more expensive. Have you booked your airfare through the cruise line before? How did that go? Was it a smooth transaction or did you run into any snags, etc? I am really loving these Hub Pages by the way, what a neat way to make friends and talk about topics you enjoy.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      faraujo120,

      Yes, I have cruised to Alaska twice and it was wonderful. BUT they say to really see Alaska you should do the land and sea tour. That's where you stay in Denali national park for a night or two, and one more place I think, and then take a train with a huge see through domed top from the park to the ship and you get to see so much more wildlife that way. That is on our bucket list to do. It's a very different cruise than to a warm place though because you pack differently. You need to bring warm clothes and rain gear, and definitely binoculars! Okay thanks. I will check out Cruising Excursions. We usually use the ship excursions because when you are on an excursion, if you get back late the ship won't wait for you, unless you are on an excursion booked on the cruise ship. My husband feels more comfortable doing that so we don't have to book a flight to catch up with the ship somewhere else!

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      Filomena 4 years ago from MA

      Oh, I will! I haven't been on the Princess Line yet or Royal Caribbean. But the Panama Canal sounds sooooooo nice. OH, I am going on the Norwegian in September! Where are you and your husband going in October? Aren't you so excited! I have gotten some really good deals with onboard spending dollars and free upgrades at CruisesOnly.com. You should check that site out. Also, if you want cheaper deals on shore excursions, check out CruisingExcursions.com. They have a ton of deals and discounted shore tours, etc. I got some great deals on the ship too, I bought a watch on the ship, and some little goodies to bring home, duty free. I love duty free shoppig. We did the dolphin swim, island tours, etc. I will be posting some pics of the Bermuda trip on my site soon. Thanks for the tip on smartcruiser, I will defenitely check it out. Have you ever been on a cruise to Alaska, and if so, how was it? I have been curious about Alaska. Thanks for responding, hope to talk to ya soon!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi!

      Make sure to take lots of pictures and write hu8bs about them when you go on cruises. There are a lot of cruise fans here on Hub Pages. My husband and I have 2 planned for this year...one in April on the Panama Canal on the Princess line, and one transatlantic one in October on Norwegian. Transatlantic and repositioning cruises have great prices so you should check into that. FYI, we get our best deals on smartcruiser.com

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      Filomena 4 years ago from MA

      My first cruise was on Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda. It was the best experience of my life. I had never been on a cruise, and to be honest, I was a bit nervous about being on a ship because I am not too fond of being on boats, I get sea sick very easily. But the ship is so epic that you don't even feel like you're on the ocean. I had a blast. The food was amazing, we ate at the Venetian a lot. The entertainment was top-notch, the staff was so friendly. The room was so clean. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the size of the bathroom in the cabin. It was very small. But from what I hear, most stateroom bathrooms are about the same size, unless of course you get a Garden Villa or a large suite. But Bermuda was gorgeous, peaceful, serene, inviting, everything I wanted my first cruise experience to be. I already have my next cruise booked. We are going onboard the Norwegian line again, this time, to the Western Mediterranean, Spain, Italy, and France. SOOOOOO excited, can't wait. Going in the fall, best time to go to Italy because I hear the weather is around 76 degrees at that time, perfect for sightseeing and shopping. Can't wait. Does anyone else have any cruise plans for this year, if so I would love to hear where you're going and which cruise line you have chosen to take your voyage!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      MarleneB,

      No, I didn't know that. That's so cool. I have been On Princess, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Holland America, and while 2 of those lines leave towel animals on the beds when turning the sheets down, no one has ever made our clothes into butterflies. That's really neat. Thanks for sharing. We try to go on one cruise each year so I am sorry you are missing this year's family cruise. That must be sad...I never want to miss a cruise opportunity!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      My family has our family reunions on a cruise ship in the odd years. And, the first time I stepped foot onto a cruise ship I could not believe my eyes. I have been on eight family reunion trips. Sadly, I'm missing this year, but I'll catch the reunion in 2015. The thing I like most is how beautiful the ships are. We always go on the Royal Caribbean. Did you know that if you leave your nightclothes out, the cabin keepers will shape them into things like butterflies?

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      tilsontiatn,

      Not at all. I will check out your hub and link it to mine. I am about to go on another cruise so will have more cruise hubs to follow!

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      Melvin Porter 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Tillsontitan, no problem and you are welcome to do so. Thanks.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      P.S. I just linked your hub to my Caribbean Cruise hub, hope you don't mind.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Melpor. Wow, 14 cruises...you have me beat. I have only been on 6, but will take my 7th this Fall to Hawaii. I think you have lots of subject material for many more hubs. I have been thinking about writing some hubs about some of the cruise excursions at the different ports we have been to, but don't have that many pictures to go with them because I only recently got my camera. If you have pictures from some of your ports of call, I would love to see lots of hubs about them. It may help future cruisers decide where to go. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Melvin Porter 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Karen, I could not agree with you more. I love cruises for the same fifteen reason you like them. I have been on fourteen cruises so far and planning to go on another one next year. Good hub. Voted up.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      tillsontitan,

      Yes, I am sure cruising on all ships have new and improved amenities and activities now. Wow, only one hot tub??? Such a shame...LOL. Not all ships have movies under the stars, but most Princess ships do.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You are so right Karen. You've hit all the good points about cruising though I've only been on one. There is just so much to offer and you don't have to go anywhere to get it. I enjoyed your pictures too. When we went there were was only one hot tub on the ship and no outdoor movies. Voted up and useful.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      SMD2012,

      Ah, another cruise lover. They are such wonderful vacations aren't they? Have you gone anywhere other than Alaska and the Caribbean? I need to spread my wings a bit more.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      nybride710,

      I have been on 6 cruises, all to either Alaska or the Caribbean. I LOVED them all, but they are very different.Alaska is great if you love nature and want to dress warmly and not get a lot of sun, but go back to nature. The Caribbean is great if you are a sun worshiper and live in a cold climate. Next on our cruising agenda it Hawaii/Tahiti, and next year, the Panama Canal. I will let you know after that what others I recommend! It will be time for another hub on cruising!

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      Sally Hayes 5 years ago

      My husband and I love cruising too, for all the wonderful reasons you listed! I love that the room gets made up twice a day and the service is always so professional and friendly. We love coming back to our room after dinner or a show and seeing what new towel animal is waiting for us! Cheers! - Sarah

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I have only been on one cruise in my life in 1995 to the Bahamas. I, too, loved in and would like to go on one again. Some of my family members went to Alaska on a cruise ship and that sounds wonderful. Are there any specific destinations you recommend?