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My Mom Made Me Do IT!

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CruiseMan3000

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So how'd you get started cruising? Do you remember the ship, line and ports of call you visited? I know I do... just like it was yesterday! I can't believe it has been nearly ten years ago, but I sailed Carnival Imagination to Belize and Key West from Miami, Florida. Oh, and what a cruise it was! The food, people and did I say the food? I was a wee little lad when I first cruised and Imagination would have never been around if my mom didn't take her first cruise the year before. She went with a bunch of her girlfriends and had a blast! But I noticed the strangest thing when she returned.

Besides the sun burn, loads of sovuneirs for her one and only (yeah, that's me) and the amazing pics she shared, her stories were so mezmorizing. She told me everything! "Shon! They had this... and that. Oh, and one night they did this... and that. You would have really loved it!" I hung onto every word like a good, attentive child (because I never did any wrong, hehe). Then she started going in-depth about the kids programs and I really started having a fit! I was at a lost. I thought she went with a bunch of adults? How did she know so much about Camp Carnival? Was this a set-up? Nonetheless, she REALLY got me going then and I begged and pleaded and prayed and hoped and begged some more until she finally gave in and took me on my first cruise!

So, mom and I sat down and narrowed our cruise selection to three ships--Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination or Carnival Triumph--and she let ME make the final call (how nice of her, right?)! Well, the rest is history. Now nearly 30 cruises later, I'm still sailing the high seas! From Costa Cruises to NCL and even MSC, I have found that momma truly does know best. So if your mom tells you that a cruise is something you'll love, you better listen because you never know. You may go from vacation lover, to passion sharer, to enjoying an addiction worth living for! Until we talk ship next week--Shon!

Can't wait a week until my next blog post? Cruise on over to The Ocean Escape which is the other blog I author with cruisetacular goodness! Your ships await!

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Welcome to the site, Shon, and I love your post. You write beautifully, you really know how to hold the interest. We loved the Imagination also, Then, again, we love every ship. And yeah, the food, isn't it something? Looking forward to your next post. Keep them coming. Your mom did a great job with you, by the way.

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Welcome to the site, Shon, and I love your post. You write beautifully, you really know how to hold the interest. We loved the Imagination also, Then, again, we love every ship. And yeah, the food, isn't it something? Looking forward to your next post. Keep them coming. Your mom did a great job with you, by the way.

Aww, thanks so much for your kind words! Thanks for the welcome! I'm truly excited to be here! I'm with ya, ships and food are a match made in heaven -- LOVE IT! I can't wait to share more with the site! And thanks, I know my mom would enjoy hearing those words!

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Hi CruiseMan ~ I enjoyed your post. Carnival Imagination was our second cruise, in 2003. We brought our kids this time - yes, mom made them do it and they loved every minute!

I know that's right! Momma knows best... and cruising is at the top of the list! So glad to hear y'all had such a great time!

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My (or should I say OUR) 1st cruise was on the Carnival Celebration from Miami to the Eastern Carib. When we arrived at the port, I remember staring at the HUGE vessel like a kid on Christmas!!! We had a burp in the cruise though. Even though the ship was only 2 years old at the time, the turbochargers broke down and we were only able to sail at half speed. The crew had to scramble to make last minute plans for excursions at other ports because of the itinerary change due to the problem. But we had a great time still. My idea of a bad cruise is when the ship sinks!!! Anything other can be dealt with :)

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My (or should I say OUR) 1st cruise was on the Carnival Celebration from Miami to the Eastern Carib. When we arrived at the port, I remember staring at the HUGE vessel like a kid on Christmas!!! We had a burp in the cruise though. Even though the ship was only 2 years old at the time, the turbochargers broke down and we were only able to sail at half speed. The crew had to scramble to make last minute plans for excursions at other ports because of the itinerary change due to the problem. But we had a great time still. My idea of a bad cruise is when the ship sinks!!! Anything other can be dealt with :)

How cool! I also was blessed to sail Celebration before she was retired from Carnival's fleet! What a cool ship -- intimate, quaint and packed with loads of fun! I'm glad you didn't allow the ship's malfunctions to alter your experience! Way to stay positive! :-)

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Love the picture of you and your mom. I actually went on my first cruise because my mom asked if I wanted to go. I was young and single, and had been watching "The Love Boat" all the time, and was very ready to go. Went with my mom and dad, and another couple. In 1979. Will be going on my 11th cruise this September.

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Love the picture of you and your mom. I actually went on my first cruise because my mom asked if I wanted to go. I was young and single, and had been watching "The Love Boat" all the time, and was very ready to go. Went with my mom and dad, and another couple. In 1979. Will be going on my 11th cruise this September.

Aww thanks so much for your kind words! I love sailing with my mom -- she's THE ultimate cruise pal! We're doing the 16 day cruise to Hawaii from San Francisco later this year and can't wait. There truly is something about sailing with Mom, right? And wow, you're getting up there in your cruise count! Uh-oh... looks like we have another addict on our hands! :-)

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