Meeting My Perfect Match

Carla and her perfect match, Christian.

Advice about love—how to find it, how to keep it, how to get it back—is everywhere. In books and magazines, movies and sitcoms. It’s probably even available from your next-door neighbor.

While I’m no expert, I can say this is true—that you’ll find the person of your dreams when you aren’t looking for him or her. That was me five years ago. I was happily single and extremely busy when I met Christian. I wasn’t looking. You could even say I was anti-marriage, as my parents had recently divorced after many years of marriage. If their marriage couldn’t last, whose could?

I met Christian aboard a Crown Princess cruise to the Caribbean. We were both part of a large and unusual group. A couple I was only slightly acquainted with, Jessica and Dominic, had gotten married and invited 40 others to join them on their honeymoon. I was the plus-one of my good friend, Jennifer. Christian was there as best friend of the groom.

Carla and her group of friends on the wedding cruise where she met Christian.

Carla and her group of friends on the wedding cruise where she met Christian.

This weeklong honeymoon cruise was fun, kind of like an extended and very upbeat wedding reception. During the day, group members would go on excursions together or go their own way. Every night, no matter what, we’d gather for martinis, dinner and dancing.

I didn’t meet Christian until the second night. By then, a friend of his had told him he was interested in me, so Christian kept his distance. As love would have it, I was not interested in this friend, but I did notice Christian.

My interest grew to admiration when I saw how Christian leapt to the help of a wheelchair-bound passenger who had slipped out of her chair during an excursion. He was the first to jump to her aide and helped her back to safety. A gallant, gentlemanly gesture will always do the trick.

I was still in my not-looking mode and he was in his not-approaching pattern because of his friend. But the nature of a cruise, particularly being part of this wedding group, kept us in contact.  I remember playing basketball with him and how he passed me the ball, just in time for me to score the last basket.

It wasn’t until the last night of the cruise that I really got to know Christian. The love misconnection between me and his friend had been settled. Christian and I started talking over dinner, then we moved on to dancing with each other through the night. By dawn, we were still together, sharing a magical kiss on the deck of the Crown, as she docked in San Juan.

Carla and Christian dancing on the night they hit if off.

Carla and Christian dancing on the night they hit if off.

From that night on, we were inseparable. Three years later, we married and two years after that, we are the happy “parents” to five cats and a dog. In a sweet turn of events, I now work for Princess Cruises. That magic is still in the air.

I’ve thought a lot about what makes a cruise such a great place to meet people, including the love of your life.

For one, when you take a cruise, you and the other passengers create a mini-world, so you are apt to run into the same people, which helps you get to know someone. But the critical thing, I think, is cruising inspires you to be social. And when you are in that frame of mind, as Christian and I discovered, it’s easier to meet someone new.

Carla resides in Lancaster, CA. On her off time, she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in finance, playing the piano, cooking and just enjoying life with her husband. They plan to start a family later this year.

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  1. Princess Cruises says... January 23, 2013 | 9:16am

    Carla,
    We’re so glad you and Christian found each other! Thanks for sharing your romantic story.

  2. Dawn says... January 23, 2013 | 11:19am

    Carla,
    You are right. There is something about sailing on a cruise with the love of your life that either creates or reignites the magic between you both. My husband & I have been married for 31 years and started cruising early in our marriage and haven’t stopped. Best vacation ever!

  3. Laura Schwartzbach says... January 23, 2013 | 12:04pm

    This is such a beautiful happy thing the Very Best to you both always. I was on a Princess Cruise to Carribean — beautiful cruise, Love Princess Cruises.

  4. Monty says... January 23, 2013 | 12:08pm

    Cute story, good to see some young blood on a cruise ship having fun and enjoying life to the fullest. There is nothing like a “cruise vacation” for true value, and fond memories. We all need to escape the real world once in a while !

  5. Pat Musante says... January 23, 2013 | 1:01pm

    My husband and I love to cruise on Princess and so do our 3 grandchildren and their mom and dad. We will all be on the EMERALD next month. In September we hope go be. On the new Royal and will renew our vows that we took 55 years ago. We love to escape completely.

  6. Christine says... January 25, 2013 | 5:43pm

    Carla, Loved your story. :-)
    I saw the posting on the wall & immediately thought Wow, I am not alone,lol. I met someone as well But he works on the ship. Well, actually two different guys & both work on the ship. One is married so that cannot happen, even tho he is a doll. The other I chat with online since I have left the cruise in the Beg of Dec 2012. He actually leaves soon & goes back home March 17th to the Philippines :( He is not sure when he goes back on & which ship or if he is. I live in the U.S. Funny, cause the last night of my cruise was very similiar to your’s :-) I am very happy for you!!

  7. Del says... February 6, 2013 | 1:38pm

    What a great story-so lovely-my husband and myself are cruising on the Ruby Princess this 23rd July from Rome to Venice. It is my 60th his 65th and our 40th wedding anniversary year so hopefully some of the magic will rub off on him and he will romance me all over again. HMmmmmmmm

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