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Cruise experiences should be enjoyable - We all anticipate our next holiday and reflect on our most memorable travel moments. But rarely do we completely avoid a hitch, a problem, an error, an oversight. Sometimes there is nothing we can do to prevent those dreaded travel hicupps from happening, but sometimes they can be avoided, or we can at least feel a little better if we know that they happen to us all.

So who am I you say? I work, I travel and now I combine the two. I write travel articles and work as a freelance tour guide, the final career change I'm ever likely to make. You might even get to meet me someplace tropical and exotic. I meet many people who share their stories and the situations they've encountered, both good and bad and I'd like to share them with you each week.

So let's maximise the enjoyment of your next cruise and any tips, using this forum to share them! You can find my weekly blog updates here.

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Hello Petra,

We are John & Jackie and together we been on 30 cruise and counting. We live in Florida, The Tampa Bay area.:biggrin:

We would like to ask, where are you from, & how many cruise you been on and what is your favorite cruise lines?:rolleyes2:

I work in the Airlines Industry for over 30 years, and we just love to Travel, This has become our life since my health declined 10 years ago. You might say we are doing our Bucket List :excl:

Thank You and we are looking forward to your blog.:thumbup:

John & Jackie

scalise12 :cool2:

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Hello Petra,

We are John & Jackie and together we been on 30 cruise and counting. We live in Florida, The Tampa Bay area.:biggrin:

We would like to ask, where are you from, & how many cruise you been on and what is your favorite cruise lines?:rolleyes2:

I work in the Airlines Industry for over 30 years, and we just love to Travel, This has become our life since my health declined 10 years ago. You might say we are doing our Bucket List :excl:

Thank You and we are looking forward to your blog.:thumbup:

John & Jackie

scalise12 :cool2:

Hi John and Jackie, Thankyou for your response. Thirty cruises is a lot! My favourite cruise lines - I have many on my list! Having said that, I prefer finding my way around and I enjoy smaller ships because of this I think. Also I struggle to remember people's names, so seeing familiar faces makes this easier. What are your favourite cruise lines and where in the world do you like to visit most? Cruising is perfect both for those in perfect health and for those who need to take things a bit easier. I hope you can share some of your tips with us.

Regards,

Petra

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While some cruises are better than others and we prefer some lines over others, I have never had a bad cruise. I think the majority of unhappy passengers are those that board the ship expecting a perfect vacation and while cruising is as close to that as you can get, things happen.

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While some cruises are better than others and we prefer some lines over others, I have never had a bad cruise. I think the majority of unhappy passengers are those that board the ship expecting a perfect vacation and while cruising is as close to that as you can get, things happen.

I agree that holidays may not be as perfect as they were intended to be - as you say things can happen - bad weather, necessary changes to the scheduled itinerary and excursions, fellow passengers and the attitude of the crew can all make a difference. But in the course of my work as a tour guide, I have met some people who just see the negative in everything, so matter how hard you try to please them and they demand more and more. For these people, a cruise could be absolute perfection, but they would still find fault. I think for them the problem lies within, and when I travel on my own, I try to avoid them and share my time with happy travelers.

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