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Old April 26th, 2007, 03:53 PM
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Default Group cruise for my birthday-HELP. First timer...

Hi everyone. I would like to organize a cruise with about 8 of my friends for my 30th birthday in early November. I'm looking for a 4 day cruise. I have no idea where to start? Which cruise lines/which ships? There are so many choices and I'm confused!

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Where do you live? Do you want to go out of Florida or California? Do you want to fly? Do you want the Caribbean or Mexico?
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Hi, thanks for the reply. I live in Maryland and will be flying down to Florida. I would like to go to the Caribbean. So now what?
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We go to Cruise.com and put in all the things we want, dates, ports, departure port, and # of days/nights and all cruises that meet those things will come up and you can click on each one you are interested in and compare them. Their prices are a little less than most places because they give up their commissions.

We don't book with them, just use that site as a reference. We have a wonderful TA who we have known for 8 years and go to her with our questions and concerns. Our 1st was a night cruise and that's what got us hooked. Enjoy planning.
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I highly recommend finding a good travel agent.. who'll work with you to match what you want with the right cruise.

You sound very uncertain, so I wouldn't rely soley on information you find on our message boards. At this stage you need some advice from a good and professional cruise travel agent.
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I agree with Kuki! Find a Travel Agent who is also a "Cruise Consultant". I'd also recommend that you do at least a seven day cruise, especially since you'll be flying from Maryland. The shorter cruises will not give you the real "cruise experience", unless you are just looking to party.
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I totally agree with Fern. The shorter cruises just can't get to most ports. And, usually 4 day trips are Mon. to Fri., so you loose the whole work week anyway, if that applies. Try to go for maximum time you can afford.
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