My Upcoming Cruises

Here are the details on all of the cruises I currently have booked
and speculation on what others might get added to the list

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Lately, I've been in demand as a commercial photographer, videographer, and licensed commercial drone pilot.  Two different cruise lines (Viking, and American Cruise Lines) have been inviting me to sail with them at their expense to shoot photos and videos.

It's smart of these cruise lines to do this, because it generates great publicity for them.  Also, it's cheaper than if they actually hired a commercial photographer because I don't charge the cruise lines a thing for my service.  I love cruising, so I am happy to do the work at no charge in exchange for the free trip.

My next assignment for American Cruise Lines will be taking me to Washington DC this Spring, just in time to see the cherry blossoms in bloom.

Cherry blossoms at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC

 This will be an 11-night trip, starting and ending in Baltimore...  and visiting the historic cities of Norfolk, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Washington DC, Annapolis...  and several others in Maryland and Virginia.  This will be my 60th cruise!

It looks like American Cruise Lines is also going to send me to Nashville for a cruise this summer.  They've got a new ship that will be doing Tennessee River cruises, and they want me on it.  I'm excited about it, because I've wanted to visit Nashville for a long time now!  In fact, this cruise would get me to three states I've never visited before:  Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky.

I've also already booked a cruise for 2024.  Kellyn and I are going to revisit a ship we really loved...  the Norwegian Breakaway.  We sailed on her back in April of 2019, and there's kind of a funny story about why I decided to cruise on this ship for a second time.

Norwegian Breakaway made her debut back in 2013...  the first of a brand new class of ships for Norwegian Cruise Line...  but in the years since then, Norwegian has brought out six newer ships.  In fact, when I mentioned Breakaway to my travel agent, one of her comments was that it was kind of an old ship!  My point is that with so many newer ships that have come out over the last ten years, even I had kind of forgotten about Breakaway and focused on the newer ships.

But a few weeks ago, I was having a lazy day at home without much to do, and I found myself looking at a few old YouTube videos of mine.  I stumbled across a video that I made back in 2019 when we cruised on Norwegian Breakaway.  If you have 12 minutes to watch a video, have a look at it:

To start the video playing, click the triangle in the middle of the video screen
To make the video fill the screen (recommended) click the little symbol in the lower right corner of the video player

Looking back at that video, about four years after I had made it, I realized that I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed Breakaway...  especially since we had been fortunate enough to sail in The Haven.  I also realized that it was a really great ship, and that we really liked a lot of things about The Haven on that particular ship.  It got me thinking about how NCL charges the highest prices to sail on the newest ships...  and that a cruise on a ten year old ship like this might be a little more affordable than sailing on Norwegian's newest ships.

One thing led to another, and now we're booked to cruise in The Haven on Norwegian Breakaway again!

Cruises I'd Like To Take

A few cruises I would love to do:

Cruising Less These Days

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.

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.  Also, the call centers of some of the big cruise lines are severely understaffed these days...  creating extremely long wait times to talk to a customer service representative.  When you book a cruise through a travel agent, you'll never have to get stuck on hold with the cruise line...  your travel agent does all that kind of stuff for you.

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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