Welcome back to #TravelThursday. On this exact date – the 18TH of August – 31 years ago in 1991 – I stepped foot on a cruise ship for the first time ever. It was my Dad’s idea at the time to go on a family vacation at sea. He worked with a local travel agency in McLean Virginia. He selected the Norwegian Seaward out of #PortMiami. It was a fairly new cruise ship at the time – about 3 years old.
I did not know what to expect prior to stepping foot in a brand-new world at sea. Remember there was no Internet 31 years ago. But once I entered that cruise ship – it was love at first sight.
I don’t remember much from that first cruise. It was 7 days – a Sunday to Sunday. There were several ports-of-call including Ocho Rios Jamaica and George Town Grand Cayman. I think we also visited The Bahamas and Cozumel Mexico. It was my first time in those 4 nations. In fact I haven’t been to Jamaica since then.
We had our family portrait taken on formal night, and I actually wore my military service dress blues for that session.
I think I had decided during that first cruise that there would indeed be a 2ND cruise, and a 3RD cruise, and so forth and so on. That 2ND cruise arrived almost exactly 3 years later – on the exact same cruise ship. Just 8 months after that I was on my 3RD cruise – on another NCL ship out of Miami. In just a few more months I’ll set sail on my 24TH cruise !
From the sea to the desert – next #TravelThursday. Let’s keep traveling together.
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