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sammy sun

What has been your favourite cruise holiday experience?

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It appears that award season is up on us in the cruising world as I've been hit with countless emails over the course of this week requesting I cast my vote on everything from the best port of call to the best cruise line for enrichment.

 

On the one hand it's a pain which I tend to ignore but on the other hand it's a nice opportunity to vote for specific positives of the cruise lines you've sailed with.

 

If you were to put everything together however and vote for your best cruise experience, what would it be?

 

It would be extremely difficult for me to choose just one but if I went for an overall experience then my honeymoon would be right up there on Oceana. Celebrity Eclipse would push it close however. That was my first cruise with Celebrity and I found it to be truly excellent.

 

Interested to hear others thoughts. Just trying to inject some positivity on the forum.

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Anthem of the seas is still at the top of my cruise experience, but looking forward to my mini cruise on queen mary 2 in september as a different type of cruise, and i am sure she will be anbother good experience.

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That's a difficult question to answer as there have been so many cruises that have been enjoyed for a variety of reasons but if I had to pick one it would be Hurtigruten and the Arctic Circle.

It was January 2015 when our group landed in thick ice and snow at Tromso airport well into the Arctic Circle. After a night in a waterfront hotel opposite the Arctic Cathedral it was up early the next morning to go whale watching, a mind blowing experience in itself seeing these monsters coming out the water in the dim twilight. That afternoon we boarded Hurtigrutens ship the Richard With which was our home for the next few days as we made our way to Kirkenes a small town 8 miles from the Russian border with a population of a little over 3,000. Looking out across the Barring Sea from the North Cape with the wind howling, snow falling and minus 22c gave me an idea of what our sailors had endured when escorting the Russian Convoys in WW2. Visiting a frozen Fjord, cutting through the ice and fishing for King Crab. Did you know they can weigh as much as 35 kilo's!! Riding a sledge pulled by a team of Huskies, driving a snowmobile across the Arctic wastes, visiting and having a meal in the Ice Hotel and of course seeing the Northern Lights. Yes, that was a cruise to remember. 

 

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Hi   I have had to think carefully before answering this question.  I have had many great cruises and it also impossible to decide which experience was the best.   After much debate I have selected my first cruise on Silver Cloud (a fly cruise in the Caribbean), the food and service was so much better than any cruise line I had tried up to that time.  Subsequently Crystal's Serenity exceeded even this level of indulgence but by this time I wasn't as surprised how good a cruise line could be. 

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Our best was definitely our Alaska cruise on the ms Statendam. We enjoyed visiting the ports of Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Skagway and Seward in Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. Glacier Bay was spectacular! We also enjoyed the Alaska Railroad from Seward to Anchorage. It was a once in the lifetime trip for us.

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That's a difficult question to answer as there have been so many cruises that have been enjoyed for a variety of reasons but if I had to pick one it would be Hurtigruten and the Arctic Circle.

It was January 2015 when our group landed in thick ice and snow at Tromso airport well into the Arctic Circle. After a night in a waterfront hotel opposite the Arctic Cathedral it was up early the next morning to go whale watching, a mind blowing experience in itself seeing these monsters coming out the water in the dim twilight. That afternoon we boarded Hurtigrutens ship the Richard With which was our home for the next few days as we made our way to Kirkenes a small town 8 miles from the Russian border with a population of a little over 3,000. Looking out across the Barring Sea from the North Cape with the wind howling, snow falling and minus 22c gave me an idea of what our sailors had endured when escorting the Russian Convoys in WW2. Visiting a frozen Fjord, cutting through the ice and fishing for King Crab. Did you know they can weigh as much as 35 kilo's!! Riding a sledge pulled by a team of Huskies, driving a snowmobile across the Arctic wastes, visiting and having a meal in the Ice Hotel and of course seeing the Northern Lights. Yes, that was a cruise to remember

 

 

brrrrr this made me shiver just reading it! but sounds and looks amazing!

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Hi   I have had to think carefully before answering this question.  I have had many great cruises and it also impossible to decide which experience was the best.   After much debate I have selected my first cruise on Silver Cloud (a fly cruise in the Caribbean), the food and service was so much better than any cruise line I had tried up to that time.  Subsequently Crystal's Serenity exceeded even this level of indulgence but by this time I wasn't as surprised how good a cruise line could be. 

 

 

I shall look possibly look to pick your brains on Crystal Land Ahoy as my father has just booked Crystal Serenity's Azure Reflections itinerary for next April. It will be their first time with Crystal so any recommendations are welcome.

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Your trip to the Arctic Cirlce with Hurtigruten looked truly amazing! Would love to do this trip one day but agree with Sammy Sun another holiday may be in order after, something low-key and relaxing.

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I shall look possibly look to pick your brains on Crystal Land Ahoy as my father has just booked Crystal Serenity's Azure Reflections itinerary for next April. It will be their first time with Crystal so any recommendations are welcome.

Hi  The dining provided on the ship is excellent, and you really don't need to go the free speciality restaurants but you can book them before sailing by using the online website.  I went to both Silk Road (Asian) and Prego's (Italian) and I preferred the latter.  The standard balcony cabins are not as large as those on the other 6 star ships but they are tastefully furnished.  The free educational courses are very good. I attended a workshop on Photoshop and found it useful as I really didn't know too much about this programme other than pressing the"auto fix" icon and cropping my photographs.  The service offered on board is excellent and the evening entertainment shows were good.  The quality of the drinks was also of a high standard and the coffee shop was great place for a freshly made beverage and a light snack if you feel peckish.  There's plenty of room on the open decks with well-padded sun loungers.  If you have any specific questions I'll try to answer these.

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Thanks for that Land Ahoy. They have booked a Penthouse with Verandah, cabin 10042 so should be nice. The speciality restaurant information is appreciated. My dad is one for booking ahead so I'm sure he'll have it all planned out before they leave. 

 

I'm sure there will be questions along the way so I shall be in touch I have no doubt.

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No question for me, although I have been on nearly thirty cruises to many interesting parts of the world.  My favourite was definitely Celebrity Xpedition to the Galapagos Islands.  It was completely different from anywhere else I have been.  The small ship (around 100 passengers), the experience of seeing animals that were totally unafraid of us and the excellent service on the ship made it a special way to celebrate our 40th anniversary.  Now we are looking for something as good or better for our 50th in 2018.

 

Sheila

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Really interested in your post OWT. I went to the Arctic up to Spitsbergen, a few years ago, in July, and loved it. I've always wanted to go back when it was snowy and have a trip booked on Hurtigruten in November. I have the dog sledging booked, the trip to Kirkeness and a midnight concert at the Cathedral at Tromso.Going on the Ms Spitsbergen, a refurbished ship which came into service in May. Anyone been on it or have any reviews?

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My favourite experiences have all been on Aurora World cruises and have too many to mention but my top three are probably... 

 

1)Sailing into Sydney Harbour at dawn

2)Sailing into San Fransisco at a delayed time of 10am with the sun shimmering on the water and the sea lions raucously greeting us!!

3)A very close third would be approaching Vietnam with the lovely Captain Turnbull shouting out "Good Morning Vietnam" over the tannoy.

 

Happy memories.....

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Really interested in your post OWT. I went to the Arctic up to Spitsbergen, a few years ago, in July, and loved it. I've always wanted to go back when it was snowy and have a trip booked on Hurtigruten in November. I have the dog sledging booked, the trip to Kirkeness and a midnight concert at the Cathedral at Tromso.Going on the Ms Spitsbergen, a refurbished ship which came into service in May. Anyone been on it or have any reviews?

 

Have a fabulous time as I am sure you will. 

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We have been cruising for 40 years and have clocked up about 90 cruises mostley on P & O. Without doubt the best we ever experienced was on the last trip of Canberra in 1997. We have very warm feelings of this ship the like of which no longer exists. .Happy days. The atmosphere was incredible, Everyone was in party spirit. I am sure we will never see the like again. The second has got to be Arcadia 72 day trip in 2011 from Southampton to Alaska and back

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Many cruises and not one favourite really although some like the Panama Canal, North Cape, and Alaska are a few.

 

Our trip to Alaska was a mixture of stress and pleasure.

 

Stress - we traveled from Manchester to Heathrow and were informed as we boarded our flight that our luggage was still in Manchester - not impressed.

We were offered an overnight and the cases would then be with us to fly out next day.

This wasn't possible as we were flying to Seattle for an overnight and then I think it was to Anchorage the next morning ( early flight ) to embark the Princess Cruise ship.

If we stayed in Heathrow we would 'miss the boat' so to speak so we had to leave minus all luggage.

At Seattle we had to register out lost luggage before going to check into our hotel who were very helpful as their shop had by now closed and we had no toiletries

whatsoever.

We managed to pick a few items of clothing up in the airport the next day and once on the ship they were very helpful and supplied us with toiletries and a free daily laundry service as our clothes were very limited.

Again we manged to buy a few under garments and a couple of tracksuits from the ship.

At least we had our warm top coats!

We were using flight socks until we could buy some once in Alaska.

 

Princess staff were brilliant and kept us informed as they tracked our luggage which appeared to be following us around.

One day they told us 'they had them and they would be waiting at the next port in Alaska - only the weather deteriorated and planes couldn't land in that last port of call!

 

So we arranged to have to cases sent to Vancouver instead where we were staying for a few nights.

 

That sounded like a good plan only then I found myself having to call the airport staff in Vancouver each day to see where the cases were - 

Eventually i lost it a bit with them and that did the trick.

On the last day in Vancouver our cases were delivered to our hotel.

Meanwhile we had had to buy a case to put the clothes in we had bought during this trip.

 

Alaska - loved it and the scenery fantastic.

 

It is our plan to return with clothes this time hopefully but I won't be doing a connecting in flight - it's straight to Heathrow which is where we fly from next year to america to join our ship.

 

Re positioning cruise New Orleans to Barcelona about three years ago.

Loved it seeing New Orleans, the cruise out of there especially as I had managed to get a Balcony room at the back of the ship, lots of lovely warm sea days - heaven!!

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