I grew up in the '70's/'80's. Friday night meant eating popcorn and watching The Love Boat. Sometimes we were allowed to stay up late to watch Fantasy Island - but that show kind of scared me. The Love Boat was so glamorous and I thought Julie had the best job in the world. I didn't understand why Doc got all the ladies, and I still don't! Anyhow...
My parents live in Victoria and they started cruising by taking some short repositioning cruises to Mexico. When you live close to a port, cruising is quite economical. After her first cruise, my mom said - you have to try cruising, you'll love it. I said 'I'll cruise when I'm old'. I've also been known to say I will take up golf when I'm old.
Fast forward to 2005. Some of my extended family decided to book a Christmas Eastern Caribbean Cruise. It was eight days of awesome weather, fun ports, great family memories, delicious food and amazing service. And no Christmas preparations. I was hooked. James joined the family for his first cruise in 2007 (Western Caribbean) with the same "not-sure-if-cruising-is-for-me" attitude. Needless to say we each have 100 days at sea and are three-star mariners with Holland America. James would argue that he has more days at sea and a medal to prove it, but that's another story.
We have only cruised with Holland America. We love the service and the relaxed atmosphere. We've also learned that when cruising, like any travel, you can't control the weather or the state of the seas so you roll with it. Literally.
Maybe someday I will try golfing. I am pretty good at mini golf.