Our Upcoming Cruises
Here are the details on all of the cruises we currently have booked
2021 has become much more interesting than I expected, as far as cruising goes. I really didn't expect to do any cruising in 2021. But once the cruise lines started cruising again, two different cruise lines offered to have us aboard at their expense so that I could make some YouTube videos that would publicize their return to cruising. The first of those two "free" cruises was in July on Viking Sky. I put the word free in quotes because our "free" cruise with Viking actually ended up costing us about $7000 in business-class airfare. Once you get used to business-class, a seat in coach just won't do! (Especially on a long flight that crosses 7 different time zones!)
The second "free" cruise truly will be nearly free, since we'll be cruising VERY close to home. It will be a river cruise with American Cruise Line on the Columbia and Snake Rivers here in the Pacific Northwest. One of the places the ship will be docked for a day is about two miles from our house! Our only expected expense will be to fly home at the end of the cruise, but thanks to frequent flyer miles, that's only going to cost us about $100.
Our 53rd cruise will be on this 190-passenger river cruise ship, American Harmony, during the summer of 2021
Both American Cruise Lines and Viking Ocean Cruises have indicated that they will very likely want to have us aboard again for other cruises to different locations, again at their expense. So, the future of cruising is looking bright!
Our 54th cruise is scheduled for early next year. Ironically, it will be on the exact same ship and the exact same itinerary as our 51st cruise. We'll be returning to the Mexican Riviera on the Carnival Panorama, which was the last cruise we did just before the pandemic hit. 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. The weather here in Southeastern Washington is so great (better than where we used to live in California, believe it or not) and now that we have our own hot tub here at our dream house, we're happy... and just not quite as motivated as we 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.
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.
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.
Just about any cruise on Viking. 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! But I would also love to cruise with Viking in
Alaska, or on their new river ship that will do Mississippi River cruises.
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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