Birthday Celebration A Great Reason To Cruise

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Continuing their blog, Inspired to Cruise, Princess Cruises this week is featuring a woman whose 50th birthday cruise turned out to be perfect opportunity to face some longstanding fears.  The series is turning out to be a great reference for those considering a cruise vacation for the first time, offering a variety of reasons to sail.

In the story, Conquering My Fears on My 50th, Noreen Nettles of Houston, Texas, shares how her fear of heights, water, and flying complicated her wish to see Alaska.

Turning 50 wasn’t a day to feel old,” blogs Nettles, “but a truly golden day to begin seeing life a new way and begin planning all the other challenges I wanted to conquer.”

On her Alaska cruise, Netles found that she was able to conquer her fears and even fulfilled her wish to experience the heights of the state’s famous White Pass Railroad.

“I learned a lot turning 50 – especially that facing your fears can be a lot of fun!  I can’t wait for my next adventure!

Princess Cruises is featuring a new story each week as everyday people tell of their reasons to enjoy a cruise vacation.  Want to catch up on the other reasons so far?   Not quite half-way through, look for this series to become a great reference for those contemplating a first cruise as real people tell their heart-warming stories in much the same tone as Princess’ year-long blogging project of last year, 50 Essential Experiences:  The Travel Bucket List, which became a hardbound desk reference and valuable guide to destinations worldwide.

Reasons to Cruise

  1. To Conquer My Fears
  2. To Honor a Family Member
  3. To Renew Our Vows
  4. To Keep a Promise
  5. To Fulfill My Husband’s Bucket List
  6. To Quit Smoking
  7. To See My Wife Smile Again
  8. To Travel the World with a Purpose
  9. To Escape the Ice Storm
  10. To Learn About Family Ancestry
  11. To Revisit Vietnam
  12. To Get Married…by Surprise
  13. To Bridge a Generation Gap
  14. To Revisit Wartime Memories
  15. To Surprise a Loved One
  16. To Cruise on the “Love Boat”
  17. To Visit Family Far Away
  18. To Dance with My Husband
  19. To Get Away with Girlfriends
  20. To Spoil the Grandkids
  21. To Take One Last Trip Before the Kids Leave the Nest
  22. To Marry Each Other…Twice

Chris Owen is a travel writer from Orlando Florida charged with sharing frank, inside information on cruise vacations with travelers. Certified a Master Cruise Counselor by the Cruise Lines International Association, Chris can be found via the popular travel blog, and on the long-running cruise information website,

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