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!
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.
Teresa and Larry
#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
#37-Allure of the Seas 11/11/12
7 night Eastern Caribbean
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.
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
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Grand Princess 2004 NCL Sun 2005
Sun Princess 2006 NCL Dream 2007
Caribbean Princess 2007 NCL Dawn 2008
Island Princess 2008 Island Princess 2009
Golden Princess 2009 Carnival Conquest 2010
Grand Princess 2010 Island Princess 2011
Grand Princess 2011 Carnival Magic 2012
Carnival Dream 2012 Island Princess 2013
Carnival Magic 2013 Carnival Legend 2014
Sea Princess 2014
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.
Have a blasT!