I first got the cruise "bug" when I was about 5. I remember attending a Bon Voyage party for some relatives who were taking an around the world cruise. It sounded so exotic, sailing to so many countries. My first "cruise" was on the Channel ferry between England and France when I was 13. Loved every minute of it, even though many others were too busy being ill to enjoy it - I didn't realise the motion of the water was meant to make me feel ill !! After that, I wanted to take a real cruise although I had to wait until 1977, 7 LONG years. I enjoyed the Love Boat. To me it was a way to experience some of the joys of cruising when I couldn't actually be on a cruise myself - somewhat like this board!!