Tuesday, February 5, 2013

On the Sea, On the Sea, On the Beautiful Sea

by Maggie Sefton

I loved, Loved, LOVED cruising!!   So much so, I can't wait to go again.  That means I'd better start saving up for next year.  :).  As I said last week, I usually travel to far away places and explore, so I'd always assumed I wouldn't have enough time to visit new places on a cruise.  Not true.  Also, what I didn't know is how much I LOVE being at sea.  Way out to sea, with no land in sight.  I should have gotten a clue, considering how much I've always loved being on boats of every description.  And I don't care if it's rough or smooth.  Doesn't bother me at all.  No seasickness ever.  So now, I'm going to see how I can afford to go on a longer cruise with MORE days at sea next time, maybe a TransAtlantic cruise.  I was on Holland America's Eurodam with 5 Star service, which really spoils you rotten.

Several of you shared your similar cruise enjoyment, and I found the comments fascinating, so I thought I'd repeat several here:

Cassie----Your Seven Seas Voyager cruise from Rome back to Florida, aft wandering around the Atlantic sounds wonderful.  I'd love that.

Bernie----I've always enjoyed European river cruises, too.  And I may have a chance to do one of those this Fall.

Norma----A cruise to Antarctica, now that sounds daunting.

Debra---Cruising in South America, that's definitely enticing.  There are so many countries to see.  I visited Venezuela years ago and also went to Angel Falls.  Beautiful.

Laura W---All those days at sea on your TransAtlantic cruise is exactly what I'd love.

Linda Mc---Oh, boy, cruising from Honolulu to Sydney sounds fantastic.  I've always wanted to visit Australia.  I really enjoyed visiting the Big Island of Hawaii a few years ago when a mysterym inference was held there.

Linda in MA---Yes, we had wonderful weather for exploring Old San Juan that Tuesday.  What sort of training shop were you on---US Navy?

Anyone else like to share their cruising experiences?


Aurian said...

Hi Maggie, glad you had such a great time! I've never been on a cruise myself, not sure if I would like it, or if I would be bored silly.
But if you ever dock in Holland, I want to know, and I will be there to meet you :) and perhaps show you some of the "must see" items.

Linda Mc said...

Hi Maggie,
I'm so happy you found the joy in cruising! We love, love, love it. And I too, love being way out at sea, just staring out at the water and watching for sea creatures. One cruise we did was the Panama Canal Cruise. It's a nice cruise because you hit ports in the Caribbean, then maybe a South American port (we went to Columbia), then through the Panama Canal, then Costa Rica, and then you hit ports in Mexico. Ours sailed from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego (and we live in San Diego so we just sailed home). So it is varied with the different places you get to.

Maggie Sefton said...

Hey, Aurian----I'll keep that in mind. :). I am DEFINITELY a fan of Hollan America Lines. One of the things that sold me was it has 2100 passengers rather than 4000--5000 people like some cruise ships. That could be a mob scene. Eurodam was Big but you could still get around to all the different dining options and bars. (g). So much fun. Trust me, Aurian, you will NOT be bored. Plus you can speak Dutch to the Captain and first officers and different crew. Extremely friendly staff. Unbelievable service. There is one cruise attendant for every two passengers. Honest. And they train at a special Holland America facility. Then they are put in Five Star hotels to work. Then they come to the cruise ships. Most of the serving and attendant staff are Southeast Asian. Lovely. everywhere it was, "Good morning, Madam!". :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Lind Mc---I got a cruise catalog from then on board cruise consultant and saw so many differ ones. And several thru the Panama Canal. Also interesting are the ones around South America. AND the ones across the Pacific. Oh, boy, oh boy. . .that would be fun. Bit first, a TransAtlantic one is in order. :)

Linda in MA said...

Maggie, I work at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and our training ship was in San Juan around when you were. Unfortunately I was here in cold and chilly Massachusetts but one of the cadets mentioned that a cruise ship was in port when they were there.