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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Later this year, 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:

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!

I also have a cruise booked with American Cruise Lines for this summer.  This will be my seventh cruise with ACL, all at their expense.  They like the publicity they get from the YouTube videos I make about the cruises.  Here's the itinerary for the cruise, which starts in New York City and ends in Boston.

I'm looking forward to exploring each of the places we'll be visiting along the way!  One of the things I've learned in my previous ACL cruises around the USA is that there's always something interesting at each of the places that the ships visit.  While it may not sound like a visit to Old Saybrook or Plymouth would be all the interesting at first...  I've always found that it's fun to explore places like this.

I'm also very excited about the fact that the cruise begins in New York City!  I'm planning on flying in a couple of days early, and having some fun...  including having some real New York style pizza!

I also have two cruises booked for 2025.  The first is on one of my favorite cruise ships:  Carnival Panorama.  What I love about this ship is the un-crowded area at the back of the ship which is for the exclusive use of the passengers who booked a cabin in that area.  Enjoying the un-crowded pool, hot tubs, and bar at the back of the ship makes me just want to stay onboard the ship and never even go ashore!  (But I will go ashore, because I really like Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.)

This ship is based in Los Angeles and is really easy and inexpensive for me to get to from my home in Washington state.  I also love the Guy Fieri food that they serve on this ship...  not just the burgers at Guy's Burger Joint, but also the barbecue food at Guy's Pig & Anchor restaurant.

The other cruise that I have booked for 2025 is a Caribbean cruise on Sun Princess, the brand new ship from Princess Cruise Line.  I've been impressed with what I've heard about this new class of ship for Princess. 

One of the reasons that I haven't cruises with Princess since my 2014 cruise to Alaska is that most of the ships in the Princess fleet are fairly old and don't have some of the modern conveniences I've come to appreciate on the newer ships.  But from what I've seen, this new ship features much more modern styling and conveniences.

Also, I know from my 2014 Princess cruise that they target everything they do to active senior citizens like me.  All of the music and entertainment is geared to people in my age group.  The importance of this was really impressed upon me during my recent cruise on Icon Of The Seas, where it seemed like the music was tailored to the tastes of Generation Z.  I hated most of the music they played on the outdoor decks on Icon Of The Seas, and it was so offensive to me that I never used any of the pools or hot tubs on that ship.  But I remember boarding that Princess ship in 2014 and being amazed that out on their pool deck they were playing a video of a James Taylor concert.  I felt like finally there was a cruise ship targeting their music to people my age!

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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