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I never had any desire to go on a cruise, but we signed up with a couple of friends for the first cruise to Nova Scotia. It was one of the most pleasant weeks I’ve ever spent. I especially enjoyed the evening events, where the musicians from the show and the special guests would entertain in the various venues around the ship. We signed up again for the recent cruise in the western Caribbean, and it was equally enjoyable.
— Jock A., Blue Grass, IA
I have had the joy of being on three APHC cruises: Norway, the Caribbean and Boston-Maine. On the first I travelled as a single with all my family aboard and met another woman who has become my APHC “roomie.” What will you find aboard? Your favorite APHC entertainers in all the venues (one can hardly decide what to do) and the fun of also running into them on land. You will also find a shipload of like-minded people. It’s fun now as I always recognize people from the last cruises and many from all three. This is probably the only cruise you might take where the casino is completely vacant — except for the dealers! With this being a “chartered” ship, the land tours, sometimes the ports and all of the entertainment is simply fantastic. No cheesy shipboard entertainment this trip!
— Heidi T., Dunedin, FL
My husband and I attended the very first Prarie Home cruise from Boston to Canada. I have been on many cruises in my life and the PH cruise was the best yet. The entertainment was outstanding and the guests were so much fun too. One of my fondest memories was an elderly gentleman singing a song in the guest talent contest. I think the title was “When I get you home tonight”. He was great! He had the crowd on their feet with applause. We made so many friends that week and saw so many great places in New England and the Canadian Maritmes.
— Tami and Marc H., Exeter, RI
I have been on THREE PHC Cruises. They are more than worth the price of admission. Garrison and the whole PHC crew and guest performers are available and entertaining almost around the clock. They always have time for YOU and love to meet YOU. Then there is the cruise itself which is always a treat fit for kings and queens and the rest of us.
— Mary M., Pinellas Park, FL
This was my first cruise. For me it was fantastic, wonderful, fun, delicious, exciting, beautiful, educational, relaxing, exhausting, awe-inspiring and so much more… beyond my wildest expectations! Everyone on the ship was great. Hey Garrison, let’s do this year-round!
— Vera G., Baltimore, MD
My lifelong friend Susan and I live at a distance from each other and don’t see each other as much as we would like. We chose the Norway cruise as the way to celebrate our 60th birthday year and we had such a wonderful time that we have now been on two more — the Western Caribbean and Barcelona-to-Venice. Our enthusiasm has encouraged my fiance and four more friends to join us for the Eastern Caribbean cruise. We look forward to the pleasure of watching them discover the joys of an APHC cruise for the first time.
— Jane M., Fremont, CA
What an amazing experience! Having spent years singing and dancing on cruise ships myself, this voyage stands out as particularly special. I was there as a passenger this time, traveling with my husband, and I was overwhelmed by the infectious spirit of the music and the people who made it. What a talented, WARM, fun, joyous, and interesting group of creative people! I highly recommend future cruises to anyone who loves music, travel, fellow humans, or has a pulse. Just sayin’. GOOD TIMES
— Nikki S., Los Angeles, CA
We went on the Norway trip a few years back. The time was filled from early morning with the ornithologists through quizzes, local history, book readings, music and performances by the professional guests, on-board APHC shows and shore excursions. In particular, Fred Newman proved he is much more than the sound effects guy. There was even the chance to meet GK at breakfast. The final night party was just brilliant. Other cruises sink in comparison.
— Annie W., Birmingham, UK
PHC got my husband to do something he said he would never do — go to Europe! After being on four of the first five cruises, he couldn’t say no and miss out on another of these fabulous adventures, with the best musical entertainment that any cruise could possibly offer. We had a great time and he even enjoyed touring in European cities, although he’s always ready to get back on board and find one of his favorite musicians or hear stories or eat cruise food. Now, he’s up for the 2014 cruise, going to places I have always wanted to go, but never dreamed he would go with me. Thank you Garrison and PHC!
— Diane B., Jackson, MI
Lucky so far to have only missed one cruise — the very first one — but have treasured each subsequent trip with GK and the outstanding entertainers. It is hard to comprehend how they can pack so much fun into one trip, with opportunities to do all the things you probably wouldn’t be doing back home, seeing beautiful sights with all of the background information provided as well, and being entertained royally each evening. These trips have without a doubt been the most unforgettable vacations I’ve had during my lifetime. Perhaps the best part is the opportunity to see the wonderful friends we’ve made on previous trips. One of the incredible memories is that of GK, as passengers were disembarking in Copenhagen, personally helping the travelers get into their cabs with their luggage, shaking hands with everyone as we said our goodbyes. Indescribable memories, never to be forgotten. The PHC staff is always there to answer questions and lend a helping hand. A totally unique vacation from beginning to end.
— Brenda L., Dallas, TX
We began cruising with Garrison in 2011. Oh my goodness, what fun we had. From the friendly travelers, beautiful tours and sites to the amazing shows, we had to sign up for Spain. We were not disappointed. I learned so much world history, saw amazing cities with the most friendly and helpful people on the planet. Now we are ready to embark upon Italy, my personal dream trip. I know Garrison will provide an unforgettabe experience. I don’t know how he does it, but we appreciate all that he puts in to our enjoyment.
— Carole S., CA
In short, getting off the ship wherever and following my nose to adventure, then hurrying back to take in more of the overlapping offerings from the superb cast and guests. Music music music, laughter laughter laughter, excellent food (and no cooking) and interesting, companionable people to share it all with: OMG, Rich Dworsky hanging out in the cafeteria!
— Meredith M., Bolton Landing, NY
There are not enough descriptive words to tell of the beauty and fun we have with this group. So many have become family away from the ship, and others we can’t wait to join in years to come. Nothing on the high seas can ever compare!
— Carole S., Oceanside, CA
I had never been on a cruise before — the 2014 Baltic cruise was my first ever. I think I have been spoiled for any other type of cruise. The APHC At Sea experience was the best vacation ever! All of my fellow cruisers and I had something in common — we all love APHC! And I know I have never been so thoroughly and happily entertained during a two-week period like that before, ever. Thank you, Garrison and your wonderful cast and crew for a great time! And also thank you to HAL and the terrific crew of the ms Ryndam.
— Laura K., Sacramento, CA
A Prairie Home Companion Cruise is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. Ship’s registry: The Netherlands.