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PEB

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Just found this board. My wife and I have cruised many times on Carnival, Princess, NCL and Celebrity. We are also signed up for 3 cruises on Holland America for 2013. I have worked on ships for NCL in tour sales and worked for Princess at the Mt. Mckinley Lodge.

We have cruised many places but our favorite place is Alaska. We are from Northern Minnesota. At one time we use to own a cruise travel agency but no longer have the agency. With our experience in travel, cruising and my experience working on cruise ships we can provide hopefully some useful information for others.
 

Pam in CA

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Welcome! Your expertise will be greatly appreciated on CT.

OK. Here are some questions: what were your three "best" cruises? Which is more important to you when booking a cruise: itinerary or onboard experience? What's your favorite thing to do on a cruise ship?
 

PEB

Captain
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Welcome! Your expertise will be greatly appreciated on CT.

OK. Here are some questions: what were your three "best" cruises? Which is more important to you when booking a cruise: itinerary or onboard experience? What's your favorite thing to do on a cruise ship?
My three favorite cruises are the first cruise I ever took on the Independance for a total eclipse in Hawaii.

Second favorite cruise was a 14 day cruise on the Tahitian Princess in Alaska.

Third favorite cruise was a 38 day reposition cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Whitier and then to Vancouver.

What is more important to me itinerary or onboard experience it would be the itinerary. Even though I love the ships the locations I have gone to have always outshined the ships and the cruise line.

What is my favorite thing to do on a cruise ship, it would have to be meeting new people from all over. I have made many friends from all over the world and this has opened my eyes to many different ideas and many different ways of life.

For any cruise or any type of travel I do I do a lot of research even if I have been there before. This makes the best use of my time while I am at the different locations and makes any trip more relaxing to me. An example is the fact that I have cruised Alaska 11 times so far and even worked in Alaska but I have bought more books on Alaska and I am doing more research now so I can find more and different things to do when I go there in 2013.
 

Rex

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PEB. Glad to have you here and can't wait to hear about your travels.
 

PEB

Captain
Staff member
If you are interested in more information about me, I have been married for 41 years. I have 3 grown kids, 6 grandkids and one great granddaughter. I have done many jobs from working in the family fisheries, welding, computer operations, working on cruise ships and cruise lodges to now being semi-retired and driving school and charter bus. I also was a fuel specialist for the air force many years ago.

I had coached kids softball and judo for many years. I was a state judo champion and a power lifter. Besides cruising I love trains. I have model railroads in three different sizes and I also travel by train when at all possible. I started traveling by train as a kid because my mom's family was scattered all over the U.S. and my dad worked on the railroad so we could travel for free.

I spend a lot of time at my cabin that I have been going to since 1959. I purchased it from my mom when she could no longer take care of it and it is more home to me then anyplace else.
 
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