What is the best cruise for a mid 40's couple/wo children?
What is the best overall mid priced cruise line and ship for a a mid 40's couple that enjoys romance, a nightlife, but also quiet poolside reading on a cruise. We love children but are looking for an adult versus family oriented vacation.
I would vote for Regent Seven Seas. The pricing is competitive if you are looking for a Caribbean cruise and you will find plenty of 40-somethings. If you are looking for a one week med or Tahiti cruise you will find even more in your/our age group.
Though I think Regent is great, I don't know when they became a "mid priced cruise line". I get emails from them every second or third day, and about the cheapest I've seen averages $300 - 500 per day per person.
That's only "mid priced" if you are booking suites
I'd be looking in the $100 - $150 PP per day range if I was looking for mid-sized.
My recommendation would be to make sure you travel when schools are in session, and probably on Princess, Celebrity or NCL.
Also consider Carnival. Prices are reasonable and lots of organized activities for the kids who are on board, so they don't over run the ship. We're a couple with no kids and way past 40. Love peace and quiet and still love Carnival.
Regent is comparable if you normally book "a suite." Their lowest category cabin is equal to most Premium lines mid-range suites. If you book standard balcony, outside or inside cabins they are far more expensive, even when you consider the included tips and wine and in cabin bar set up.
Regent is a luxury line and the others are Premium and Mainstream.
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Princess would be my first choice for what you're looking for, but as the others said, take into account school holidays. Carnival is also a good deal for the $$ but once again, avoid school holidays, especially college ones!
Surprisingly, average age for Carnival is around 40, too. The days when flocks ( or packs) of late teen college kids would take over a sailing are over. Carnival does not allow young people (under 21) to book cabins unless with a parent or legal guardian.
I was just checking to see if you'd chosen a cruise yet? My husband and I are also in our 40s and looking forward to our first cruise. After reading the replies on your posting (and numerous other ones!) we've narrowed it down to Princess and Carnival. I posted a message asking for advice/experiences on the 4 ships we have to choose from.