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 was nearly free, since we cruised VERY close to home. It was a river cruise with American Cruise Line on the Columbia and Snake Rivers here in the Pacific Northwest. One of the places the ship docked for a day is about two miles from our house! Our only expense was be to fly home at the end of the cruise, but thanks to frequent flyer miles, that only cost us about $100.
Our 53rd cruise was on this 190-passenger river cruise ship, American Harmony, during the summer of 2021
American Cruise Lines was so happy with the video and photos that I shot during our cruise on American Harmony that they asked me if I'd like to cruise on their newest ship, American Melody, on the Mississippi river. Of course, I said yes! So, that will be my next cruise, my 54th. That's scheduled for this Fall, and I assume it will be the last cruise I do until next year. As far as I know, American Melody is almost identical to the ship I was just on, American Harmony.
As far as the cruises I've got planned for
I suspect that either American Cruise Lines or Viking Ocean Cruises may offer me a few cruise to get some good publicity from YouTube videos. So, I've only booked one cruise at my expense, to keep my calendar open for whatever might become available to me. Ironically, the one cruise I have booked 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 pay for one (or maybe two) cruises a year for a while. The key word in that sentence is "pay". If any cruise line wants to invite me aboard at their expense so that I can make YouTube videos about their ship, I'd almost certainly accept their offer.
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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