My first cruise will be in June 2008 with my husband. We are going on a 7-day cruise to Mexico on RCI Vision of the Seas. My sister has been on two cruises before, both on Caribbean. I'm not sure the length, but I think they were 5 or 7-day cruises. Her husband isn't quite as adventurous as she, and I mentioned that perhaps my mom, she and I all take a "ladies cruise" sometime. We decided the best time would probably be January 2009. Due to work requirements, I can't typcially take a whole lot of time off at once, and when i do, I like to spend that time with my husband, since we spend enough apart. Ok so onto my questions if you are still with me...
I was looking at some 3-day cruises. I've read a bit on here and elsewhere about 3-day cruises being "party cruises" that attract a young adult crowd, which my sister and I fall into but aren't immature falling over drunk types. I enjoy drinking, but my mom and sister do not, so I do not [usually] drink around them, and if I do, it's never much. My concern is being around that wild party crowd. Any thoughts? My best guess is that in January school is in session for the kiddies and it's the beginning of a new semester for college students, so perhaps that time won't attract the party-goers. Also, I found two cruises in the timeframe I want, one being Royal Caribbean and one being Carnival. I would probably choose RCI, but money isn't as much of an issue for me as it is for my sister and mom (I'd offer to pay their way, but I doubt they'd let me). My sister actually mentioned that RCI is nicer and little more expensive, but it attracts an older crowd. Should I maybe opt for a 5-day cruise? I'm worried about not being able to take off work for 7 days (2 days of travel to and fro).
On my first cruise in '99, I was on the Esctasy out of Miami and it was a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas. I didn't see anybody out of control or over indulging. With that being my first one, these would have been obvious to me.
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Not all 3 day cruises are party cruises, nor are all Carnival cruises that way at all anymore. A lot depends on the time of year, which you mentioned and just the luck of the draw. I've been on 3 day cruises that were nothing more or less than a very luxurious long weekend. I would put money and work issues as the things you should not have to worry about. On a 3 day, you can still choose to spend the time with the people you are with, even if there are partiers. It always amuses me that on ANY cruise, there will be one group of dedicated party hardy types and they tend to pick their favorite bar and are always there. Makes them easier to avoid and everyone is happy.