My wife and I (both 59 yrs old) are thinking about doing a cruise to the Bahamas next xmas (09). Maybe a five day cruise. It would be more convenient for us to sail out of Florida. Carnival might be a bit to much for us we're knd of layed back. Any cruise line suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I sailed on the Conquest last year, and I was 59 at the time...My advice is ...you CAN be laid back in any cruise you select....doing what you want, when you want, is the charm of a cruise, so don't rule Carnival out.
That said, Check RCI, and Princess out too, oh and the new Celebrity Solstice just could be your cuppa tea...check out our galleries to see the pictures that our own Paul Motter posted of this elegant ship..I would love to sail her as well...
Trip, with her book & tea!
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I just noticed your post after checking another section of this forum, and can recommend the following:
There is a new Tall Ship called "MYSTIC" in New England in the summer, and the Out Islands of the Bahamas in the winter. We sailed on her a couple of times. It's more upscale than the Windjammers, but the price is still good. You can go singly or get a group discount. The crew is great, and you can help as much as you want. If they still have the same chef, WOW! My wife was trading recipes while I was snorkeling with turtles!
There are 16 double cabins, really nice. It's a big boat, so the sailing is nice and stable. It's very casual. In the Bahamas they sail to remote locations, and you can snorkel, kayak, hike, etc. without any other tourists around.
You might want to look at the 5 day out of Tampa on Carnival Inspiration. I am older than you are and have serious health issues, and I still love Carnival. Plenty of opportunities for laid back. That cruise does not do Bahamas, tho. It goes to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.