My
Cruise History

It's been my pleasure to have been on 40 cruises for a total of 274 days at sea!
Here's a list of all the cruises I've been on, with links to my review of each one

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#40:

April 2017 Harmony Of The Seas

We sailed on the new largest cruise ship in the world, along with 6,700 other passengers.  It was crowded.

Ports:  Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten

 

 

#39:

January 2017 Norwegian Pearl - Deluxe Owner's Suite

An incredibly luxurious experience in a huge suite with our very own Jacuzzi on the balcony

Ports:  Ocho Rios, Key West

 

 

#38:

January 2017 Allure Of The Seas

Our second time on one of the largest cruise ships in the world, but one of the worst cruises we've taken!

Ports:  Falmouth, Cozumel

 

 

#37:

October 2016 Viking Star

A very different kind of Caribbean cruise on this brand new cruise line...  and we loved it!

Ports:  San Juan, Tortola, Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St Kitts, St Maarten, St Thomas

 

 

#36:

July 2016 Liberty Of The Seas

A 7-day Caribbean cruise that was all about a one-of-a-kind water slide.

Ports:  Galveston, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel

 

 

#35:

March 2016 Anthem Of The Seas

A 12-day Caribbean cruise sailing out of Bayonne, New Jersey
.

Ports:  Bayonne, Labadee, San Juan, St Maarten, Martinique, Barbados, St Kitts

 

 

#34:

January 2016 Norwegian Escape

A luxurious week in a Haven Spa Suite
.

Ports:  Miami, St Thomas, Tortola, Nassau

 

 

#33:
Private floating resort
November 2015 Carnival Miracle

A 7-day cruise that included one of the best days of my life!
.

Ports:  Long Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas

 

 

#31 & #32:
Caribbean vacation
September 2015 Carnival Breeze B2B

Perfect weather for a 14-day cruise at the peak of hurricane season
.

Ports:  Miami, St Maarten, St Kitts, San Juan, Grand Turk, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

 

 

#29 & #30:
Caribbean sunrise on Carnival Freedom cruise ship
April 2015 Independence Of The Seas B2B

A cruise that surprised us by being way better than expected!
.

Ports:  Ft Lauderdale, Labadee, Falmouth, Grand Cayman, San Juan, St Kitts

 

 

#28:
Caribbean sunrise on Carnival Freedom cruise ship
February 2015 Carnival Freedom

A rare 12-day Carnival cruise to the Southern Caribbean,
as they repositioned the ship from Ft Lauderdale to Galveston.

Ports:  Ft Lauderdale, St Maarten, St Lucia, Curacao, Aruba, Cozumel, Galveston

 

 

#27:
Allure Of The Seas Caribbean cruise
November 2014 Allure Of The Seas

Our first cruise with Royal Caribbean,
and our first time cruising out of Fort Lauderdale.
We learned that the largest cruise ship in the world has a lot going for it!

Ports:  Ft Lauderdale, Labadee, Falmouth, Cozumel

 

 

#26:
Norwegian Getaway Haven Courtyard
September 2014 Norwegian Getaway

Our second cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line,
and definitely the most luxurious of all the cruises we've been on.
We stayed in an amazing VIP area of the ship known as "The Haven".

Ports:  Miami, St Maarten, St Thomas, Nassau

 

 

#25:
Coral Princess Alaska cruisetour
June 2014 Coral Princess Alaska cruisetour

Our second cruise with Princess,
and my first time cruising with all my siblings.
Stunning scenery, with one photo-op after another.
There's a separate page just about the land portion of the tour.

Ports:  Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Whittier, Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks

 

 

#23 & 24:
Relaxing in a cabana at Half Moon Cay
April/May 2014 Carnival Glory aft wrap B2B

In many ways, one of the best cruises we've ever been on...
but also featuring the most annoying Cruise Director!

Ports:  Miami, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, San Juan, Half Moon Cay, St Thomas

 

 

#22:
Sapphire Princess Terrace Pool
January 2014 Sapphire Princess 4-day

Our first Princess cruise!

Ports:  Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ensenada

 

 

#21:
Carnival Sunshine Captain's suite 9115
December 2013 Carnival Sunshine Captain's Suite

The best cabin we've ever been in!
Also, the best Cruise Director: Jaime Deitsch.
Unfortunately, not one of the best cruises we've been on, overall.

Ports:  New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

 

 

#20:
Aft-wrap balcony room 8455 Carnival Conquest
September 2013 Carnival Conquest aft-wrap

Our first time cruising out of New Orleans.

Ports:  New Orleans, Key West, Freeport, Nassau

 

 

#18 & 19:
Carnival Breeze atrium
April 2013 Carnival Breeze B2B

The best ship in the Carnival fleet
and one of the best cruises we've ever been on!
Also, my introduction to those extremely delicious Guy Fieri burgers.

Ports:  Miami, Grand Turk, Ocho Rios, Nassau, La Romana, Curacao, Aruba

 

 

#17:
Carnival Inspiration docked in Ensenada, Mexico
October 2012 Carnival Inspiration

One of the oldest ships in the fleet, but still full of fun
.

Ports:  Long Beach, Catalina, Ensenada

 

 

#15 & 16:
A fun day at sea on the Carnival Magic
August 2012 Carnival Magic B2B

Our first introduction to Carnival's Dream-class ships
.

Ports:  Galveston, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan, Belize

 

 

#14:
Green Thunder Waterslide on Carnival Spirit
March 2012 Carnival Spirit

Featuring the awesome Green Thunder waterslide

Ports:  San Diego, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada

 

 

#12 & 13:
Carnival Valor
September 2011 Carnival Valor B2B
It was a great cruise, but I did not write a review
.

Ports:  Miami, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, St Thomas, San Juan

 

 

#10 & 11:
Carnival Glory cruise ship
March/April 2011 Carnival Glory B2B

Our first Caribbean cruise and our first back-to-back!

Ports:  Miami, Nassau, St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman

 

 

#9:
Carnival Spirit in Acapulco Bay Lido Deck at night
January 2011 Carnival Spirit

One of our favorite cruise destinations: Acapulco
.

Ports:  San Diego, Cabo San Lucas

 

 

#8:
Carnival Spirit wedding chapel
November 2010 Carnival Spirit

The second of two group cruises we did with friends from our Cocker Spaniel forum.
Kellyn and I renewed our wedding vows on this cruise.

Ports:  San Diego, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo

 

 

#7:
Cabin number 7242 of the Carnival Splendor
February 2010 Carnival Splendor

The first time we ever stayed in a suite!

Ports:  Long Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas

 

 

#6:
August 2009 Carnival Elation group cruise
August 2009 Carnival Elation
A fun group cruise with some friends from our Cocker Spaniel forum
(I did not post a review of this cruise)

Ports:  San Diego, Cabo San Lucas

 

 

#5:
Carnival Paradise at night
April 2009 Carnival Paradise

3-day weekend getaway to celebrate our wedding anniversary

Ports:  Long Beach, Ensenada

 

 

#4:
Carnival Spirit Lido Deck Pool
January 2009 Carnival Spirit

Our first introduction to Carnival's Spirit-class ships

Ports:  San Diego, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo

 

 

#3:
Photo of the Norwegian Star pool deck at night
April 2008 Norwegian Star

We liked the idea of Freestyle cruising
but in reality, the NCL experience was sub-par back in those days.

Ports:  Los Angeles, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo

 

 

#2:
Swim with Dolphins in Cabo San Lucas
Jan 2008 Carnival Elation

Our return to cruising, after a 12-year break
!

Ports:  San Diego, Cabo San Lucas

 

 

#1:
MS Holiday
June 1996 MS Holiday

Our first cruise!

Ports:  Los Angeles, Ensenada

 

Cruise totals:

26 Carnival cruises
7 Royal Caribbean cruises
4 Norwegian cruises
2 Princess cruises
1 Viking Ocean cruise
= 40 total cruises
  173 days on Carnival
54 days on Royal Caribbean
26 days on Norwegian
11 sea days on Princess
10 days on Viking
= 274 total days at sea

You only see pictures of 28 cruises up above because six of our Carnival cruises and one of our Royal Caribbean cruises we're actually two cruises, back-to-back


Our Future Cruises

As always, we've got some interesting cruises coming up!

Our next cruise will be on the Carnival Vista.  There's an interesting new experiment they're trying with this ship...  creating a special oasis at the back of the ship called the Havana area, with its own pool and Jacuzzis...  but limiting access to only the people paying extra to stay in one of the nearby Havana cabins.  Count us in!  This should be an especially interesting cruise because we'll be sailing with some friends of ours.  Normally, it's just Kellyn and I cruising together...  but this time we had an opportunity to meet up with some friends that we think will be a lot of fun to cruise with.  I'm totally looking forward to a more social type of cruise than we usually experience.

After our very pricey stay in the Owner's Suite on Norwegian Pearl from cruise #39, we learned that there's a less expensive way to get many of the benefits we enjoyed on that cruise.  One of their older ships, the Norwegian Sky, has an owner's suite with a private Jacuzzi on the balcony...  which was the thing we loved the most about our recent cruise on Norwegian Pearl.  So, the day after we disembark from Carnival Vista, we'll be boarding the Norwegian Sky for a cruise in the Owner's Suite.  Something very interesting about this particular cruise is that it will be visiting Havana, Cuba...  our very first time visiting Cuba.

In 2018, we're going to do our first cruise with MSC cruise line.  That's a European-based company that is trying to make a name for itself in the American cruise market by offering rock bottom pricing on some innovative new cruise ships.  What hooked me on their brand new ship, the MSC Seaside, is the fact that there are 28 not-outrageously-priced cabins that have a private Jacuzzi out on the balconies.  They're much bigger than regular cruise ship cabins, too...  over 300 square feet, compared to a regular balcony cabin which is only about 185 square feet.  The MSC Seaside is still under construction, so I can't offer an actual photograph of what our suite will look like...  but here's an artist's concept:

MSC Seaside suite with private whirlpool

Knowing that I had paid $1600 a night to stay in a cabin on the Norwegian Pearl just so that we'd have our own private Jacuzzi on the balcony...  I could hardly believe it when a friend alerted me that the Jacuzzi suites on MSC Seaside could be had for as little as $575 a night!  Also, to try to lure the loyal customers away from all their competitors, MSC has a program where they will match your status in a competitor's loyalty program.  So, even though I've never been on a MSC cruise before, they're putting me directly in to the second-highest level of their loyalty program since I'm in the second highest level of Carnival's loyalty program.  As an Austin Powers fan, I laughed when my travel agent told me that for my first cruise with MSC, I would be a "gold member"...

MSC cruise loyalty match - gold member

Another first for us in 2018 will be our first Panama canal cruise...  and the coolest part is that we'll be on Norwegian Cruise Line's brand new ship, the Norwegian Bliss.  It will be a 15-day cruise and that made it way too expensive to book a suite in The Haven...  so we'll be keeping the price more reasonable by sailing in a spa cabin rather than within The Haven.  Also, we'll be sailing with one of my sisters...  so that should be especially fun!

The best cruise ship suite we've ever stayed in was that awesome Deluxe Owner's Suite on the Norwegian Pearl, with the huge balcony and private Jacuzzi...  so we want to try to do something similar in 2018.  We've booked the Deluxe Owner's Suite on her sister ship, the Norwegian Gem...  and we found a way to do it quite a bit less expensively than we did on the Norwegian Pearl.  I'd have to say that this is probably the one cruise I'll be looking forward to the most!

As you can see, we've got some really interesting cruises booked, and I'm excited about all the fun we'll be able to have over the next couple of years.


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