My wife's 50th (ssshhh!) is next year. She's a teacher, so we don't have alot of flexibility w/ vacation.
We've visited the Caribbean many times land-based, but our only cruise was on the old NCL Skyward on our honeymoon in `75. We'd love to do a Southern Caribbean cruise in 6/2002, but so far, only the Holiday is in that region. Will more ships open up in a few months, or should be be looking elsewhere to cruise during that timeperiod?
More ships are starting to stay in the Caribbean during the Summer months now, but maybe not on the itinerary you had in mind; Grand Princess does an Eastern and Western Caribbean Itinerary, Explorer & Voyager (RCI) stay in the Caribbean, too. Summer of 2002 schedules are out, so you should contact some reputable TA's and get some choices. Since it is her 50th. you may wish to upgrade a little and try Princess, Royal Caribbean or Celebrity this time.
The Caribbean tends to be very hot and humid in the summer so most ships move to cooler climates -- primarily Alaska and Europe, with a few ships spending the whole summer on Canada/New England and Bermuda itineraries.
>> If you want something that's comparable to a Caribbean cruise in price and duration, cruises to either Alaska (where Princess and Holland America Lines have the most established presence) or Bermuda probably would be the most viable.
>> If you can take a longer cruise (twelve to fourteen days), there are several options on European itienraries. Princess's brand new MV Golden Princess and Celebrity's MV MIllennium currently spend summers in the Mediterranean while Princess's MV Crown Princess and MV Royal Princess and Celebrity's MV Galaxy currently spend summers in Northern Europe and Western Europe.
BTW, I like Nanatravel's recommendation regarding cruise lines! :-)