Our Upcoming Cruises
Here are the details on all of the cruises we currently have booked
2020 certainly turned out to be a VERY unusual year for us. We had a cruise on the Carnival Panorama in January of 2020 and that ended up being the only cruise we took during the entire year. That's quite a change from 2019, when we did five cruises during the year!
We intentionally kept our 2020 cruise calendar pretty light since we were busy preparing to move out of the house in California that we've lived in for the last 20 years and move in to our dream house in Washington state. We did plan on doing a big group cruise in Alaska over the summer, but the global pandemic forced us to re-schedule that for July of 2021 instead. More about that, a little further down the page.
We had a cruise scheduled for February of 2021, but it was cancelled due to the ongoing global pandemic. The ship was Carnival's new ship, Mardi Gras... and we were booked in a new kind of suite they're offering called an Excel Aft Suite. There will be twelve of them on the Mardi Gras, and what's going to be amazing about them is that each one will have a private Jacuzzi on the balcony. Here's an artist's concept of what these very cool Excel Aft Suite balconies will look like...
It was so disappointing when this cruise got cancelled! I was really looking forward to experiencing Carnival's newest class of ships, and especially that amazing suite with the huge balcony! But since we do have a hot tub right outside our bedroom door at our new house in Washington state, the blow was softened a bit by the fact that we're living a pretty comfortable life every day now... regardless of whether we ever leave the house for a vacation.
Kellyn and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in April of 2021... and normally we would go on a cruise to celebrate. With Covid still out of control, and no cruises operating out of the USA or the Caribbean right now, I think we're just going to stay home and celebrate quietly. We think we're just a few months away from receiving Covid vaccinations... so, it seems like we should just hold off on any travel right now until we're fully protected.
We had a group cruise and landtour scheduled for this July in Alaska and Canada, but it did end up getting cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. I don't think we're going to re-schedule this for the following year, because I really wanted to sail on Royal Princess but it looks like it will not be cruising in Alaska in 2022.
Our next cruise that I'm fairly confident will actually happen is scheduled for February of 2022. It will be a return to a ship we sailed on once before, the Carnival Panorama. In fact, that was the last cruise we did before the pandemic hit... so, it's a bit ironic that our first cruise after the pandemic will be a repeat of that same cruise. It's a great cruise ship with a lot of things we love, sailing out of Los Angeles... which is easy for us to get to from our new home in the Pacific Northwest.
To find out why we liked this ship so much that we would want to go back and cruise on it again, take a look at this YouTube video about our January 2020 cruise on Carnival Panorama.
In 2020, I retired after 28 years with Pacific Gas & Electric company at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. This allowed me and Kellyn to move out of California and to have our dream house built for us in Washington state. We chose to move to Washington because we wanted to live close to my sister and her family. There are other benefits, too... such as the fact that Washington doesn't have a state income tax, and that water is abundant thanks to the Columbia River that is only about 1200 feet from our new house.
Kellyn and I are so comfortable in our new house that we probably won't do as much vacationing over the next few years as we did in previous years. A lot of our vacations were just elaborate ways to get to warm ocean water or in to a nice hot tub. Now that we have our own hot tub here at our dream house, I'm happy... and just not quite as motivated as I used to be to head out on vacation. If I had to guess, I'd say instead of doing three to five vacations a year like we used to do, it might only be one (or maybe two) a year for a while.
Cruises I'd Like To Take
A few cruises I would love to do:
A warm-weather cruise on a Princess ship that
has their new Medallion technology.
This seems like it could really improve the cruise experience, especially for someone like me
that needs to stay connected to the Internet even when on vacation.
I need to get onboard a ship that has it, and check it out... preferably a
Caribbean cruise or a Mexican Riviera cruise.
Any cruise on Viking. A year
or two ago, they actually offered me a free cruise out of Bergen, Norway, if I
would simply make some videos about the cruise. I turned down that offer,
because I didn't want to fly all the way from California to Norway... which
would be a long, uncomfortable series of flights in a coach seat. I
enjoyed my recent Caribbean cruise on Viking so much that I've decided that if
they make me any other good offers, I will not be turning them down this time.
The ultimate Viking cruise I would love to do is a 40-day South Pacific cruise
they offer... starting in Los Angeles, and visiting Hawaii, Tahiti, Bora
Bora, Moorea, New Zealand, Tasmania, and ending in Sydney, Australia. What
a cruise that would be!
A cruise on one of Royal Caribbean's Quantum-class ships. I totally loved Anthem Of The Seas when I sailed on her a few years ago, and thought it was the best cruise ship I had ever sailed on at that point. I'd love to sail on Anthem Of The Seas again, or any other ship in the Quantum class. One of the great things about it is that it's an outstanding value... the regular balcony cabins on the Quantum class ships are really nice, so I don't see any need to book a suite... which makes it possible to do a very affordable cruise, and still have a great experience.
Need A Travel Agent?
Booking a cruise can be confusing, especially if you haven't been on many cruises before. There are lots of first-time cruiser mistakes that a travel agent can keep you from making.
If you're interested in booking a cruise with any cruise line... please feel free to use the services of my travel agent, Caitlin Gallagher. She's extremely pleasant to deal with, easy to talk to since she lives in the United States and speaks without any kind of an accent, and quite experienced and knowledgeable about different types of cruising. Caitlin is the owner of Ambren Travel. Visit her web site, check out the Ambren Travel Facebook page, or contact her using the information below.
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