Who the heck is dory?

No, I’m not that forgetful fish that some of you may be thinking.  I’m Dory, a lover of cruising.  As far back as I can remember I have always had a great love and passion for cruising.

I recall as a little girl watching The Love Boat, my favorite TV show at the time, and being enamored by everything about the cruise ship, and that you could actually vacation ON the ocean.

I grew up always wanting to go on a cruise, but thinking I’d never be able to experience one.  My perception was that a cruise was too expensive.  I also felt a bit overwhelmed about what cruise line or itinerary was right for me.  At age 33 I pushed my fears aside, opened up my wallet and decided to go on my first cruise.  I was pleasantly surprised at how affordable a cruise vacation was, and after that first cruise I was hooked!

Since then I’ve taken many cruises on several different cruise lines with various itineraries.  What I’ve learned is that every cruise line has something different and unique to offer and that a cruise is what you make of it.

In 2017 I reached a crossroads in my life.  After spending my career in the advertising industry, I was burned out.  I wondered how I could translate my love for travel into my dream career. 

 

 

 

 Over the years I have become sort of a “go to” person with family and friends looking for cruise advice.  While I knew how much I loved my cruises or any vacations, I also realized how much I love helping others plan their dream vacations too.

After some soul searching and brushing aside my fears, I decided to go for it.  In 2018 I enrolled myself in school for Travel and Tourism with the ultimate goal of running my own agency eventually.

So why have I decided to blog about cruising too?  I want to share my love of cruising and the cruise industry.  Having my very own blog is a great outlet for me to express my passion with others.  My number one goal here is to impart all things cruising to others who may be considering their first cruise or their fiftieth cruise.

What’s in it for you?

  • Cruise tips & advice
  • Ship reviews
  • Ports of call reviews
  • Cruise industry news and trends
  • Helpful cruise and travel resources
  • Personal stories from my own cruising experiences

What’s in it for me?

Talking to you! While I love to cruise, I get just as excited talking to others and hearing about their cruise life and experiences. The best thing about cruising is the people, and I figure what better way to connect with the cruising community than a blog about cruising.

Please feel free to comment on my blogs and share your experiences. I welcome comments from fellow cruise lovers and from those who just love to travel.

What’s in it for me?

Talking to you! While I love to cruise, I get just as excited talking to others and hearing about their cruise life and experiences. The best thing about cruising is the people, and I figure what better way to connect with the cruising community than a blog about cruising.

Please feel free to comment on my blogs and share your experiences. I welcome comments from fellow cruise lovers and from those who just love to travel.

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My First Cruise

By December 2002, I could no longer wait to take my first cruise.  So, in January 2003 I found myself boarding the Grand Princess headed for a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise.  Why Princess?  Well, I grew up watching The Love Boat, and that was a Princess cruise line, so I went with what I knew.

Needless to say, I absolutely loved every second of it.  Every cruise is amazing, but your first cruise is magical.  The ship was a huge floating city, I couldn’t believe it.  There were multiple pools and hot tubs, bars and restaurants to choose from, on-board shopping, live entertainment and even a casino.  The service was great and my bed was made twice daily!  I felt so pampered.

The itinerary took us to the ports of Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya.  I loved the ship so much that I decided not to take any excursions.  I did walk around each port that we stopped at and even bought a few trinkets, but hurried back to the ship and found empty pools, hot tubs and my pick of any beach lounger I wanted all to myself.

My First Cruise

By December 2002, I could no longer wait to take my first cruise.  So, in January 2003 I found myself boarding the Grand Princess headed for a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise.  Why Princess?  Well, I grew up watching The Love Boat, and that was a Princess cruise line, so I went with what I knew.

Needless to say, I absolutely loved every second of it.  Every cruise is amazing, but your first cruise is magical.  The ship was a huge floating city, I couldn’t believe it.  There were multiple pools and hot tubs, bars and restaurants to choose from, on-board shopping, live entertainment and even a casino.  The service was great and my bed was made twice daily!  I felt so pampered.

The itinerary took us to the ports of Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya.  I loved the ship so much that I decided not to take any excursions.  I did walk around each port that we stopped at and even bought a few trinkets, but hurried back to the ship and found empty pools, hot tubs and my pick of any beach lounger I wanted all to myself.

THE EVER-CHANGING CRUISE INDUSTRY

Since my first cruise in 2003, there have been so many advances and changes in the cruise industry.  Cruise lines have gone from a few dining options to a dozen or even dozens on certain ships, from pools and hot tubs on the pool deck to full-on water parks with multiple water slides, from having to go on shore excursions for adventure to being able to zip line, rock climb and sky dive right on board your ship.  The entertainment and things to do on cruises today are simply mind blowing.

Technology has been one of the biggest game changers in the cruise industry.  It’s allowed for faster embarkation, bigger ships, more sophisticated communication and more passenger control over their cruising preferences, just to name a few.

As much as I love the advances in the cruise industry, there are some aspects that thankfully remain a constant.  I can still find a secluded spot on a ship or on my balcony and get lost in watching the sea.  I can do as much or as little as I want on board a ship.  I can visit several countries in one trip without ever having to change accommodations.  I always meet amazing people on a cruise, and that is something that will always be my favorite part of cruising.

 

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