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Old October 12th, 2009, 09:48 PM
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We are new to Mediterranean cruising and have it in our minds to try 12-14 day trip next year (2010). Any thoughts on the best cruise line and which would be the best East or West.
We have done two previous cruises to Caribbean destinations so have some familiarity with cruising. We are middle age, not heavy duty party types but do enjoy some fun, a few drinks. We appreciate fine dining but it isn’t an over riding factor for us. Formal night dining, we can take it or leave it but will observe appropriate dress codes should we take in a formal night.

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We have done three trans/atlantics from Barcelona and love the ports in Europe on the Celebrity line which is our favorite.. This year we are doing the NCL Gem t/a with several different ports and a few favorites.. Next year we will do a Rome to Rome on Celebrity in mid-October... We are seniors and enjoy the ambiance of the longer cruises with days at sea.. especially in the fall (after Sept) when the weather is ideal because of the lack of a/c in many of the museums in the summer, most Europeans are back at work and there is usually a more sophisticated group of cruisers. Now is the time to start shopping around for itineraries and prices..We have not done the "new" style NCL but everybody raves about the Gem and it's service and crew..with the knowledge that if your a foodie the alternative restaurants on the Gem serve much better food..lol..but there are ways around that too.
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We have done five Med cruises on Regent Seven Seas (Voyager and Navigator) and have another two week cruise on Voyager next year. I think it might be what you are looking for. Small ship with 355 sq ft and balcony in smallest cabin. All inclusive including wines and drinks (not the really top shelf stuff) and shore excursions (all except really expensive).

Ship is only 700 passengers and 45,000 GRT so plenty of space. Four restaurants with no charges. Here is their website:

www.rssc.com

One other point. Regent will be "Elegant Casual" every night of your cruise on Regent.
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Hello.
We are new to Mediterranean cruising and have it in our minds to try 12-14 day trip next year (2010). Any thoughts on the best cruise line and which would be the best East or West.
We have done two previous cruises to Caribbean destinations so have some familiarity with cruising. We are middle age, not heavy duty party types but do enjoy some fun, a few drinks. We appreciate fine dining but it isn't’t an over riding factor for us. Formal night dining, we can take it or leave it but will observe appropriate dress codes should we take in a formal night.

My recommendation would be NCL. The Norwegian Jade does some great itineraries for both Eastern and Western Med. Add a couple of hundred to your cruise budget, try all the specialty restaurants and enjoy. The dress code is relaxed but not sloppy. Leave the jacket and gown at home.

Even with the added per diem of gratuities and specialty restaurants you will find the overall cost much less than almost any other line but the service and quality of food will not be less.

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