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Old March 19th, 2008, 02:27 PM
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Hi -

I've been reading this forum for a while now, I figured it was time to register for an account and post something.

I've never been on a cruise before, I actually get motion sickness pretty easily, but my wife has always wanted to go so I'm thinking of going next March.

We're thinking of going on the 7 day one that goes down to Mexico, from LA. The ship is the Splendor, which I believe is a newer ship. I heard that the bigger the ship, the less it will move so I'm hoping this one will be one of the "better" ships Carnival has.

My question is -- I'm 25, and my wife is 21. It seems cruises attract more of the older crowd, than the younger crowd. Are we too young to be going on a cruise? Am I going to be bored?

My idea of fun is relaxing, so regardless of the people on the boat I should be able to do that but are all activities catered towards older crowds?
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Old March 19th, 2008, 03:09 PM
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I would say you are the perfect age (all ages are perfect for cruising )
My DH and I started cruising when he was 29 and I was 24. Never had a problem with age discrimination (at least not any more than at home, or the store, or where ever you go).

Go with an open mind, get all the info you can upfront to be prepared. (wish I found this site before my first cruise) And enjoy every minute. There is nothing better than laying on deck doing absolutely nothing! Don't worry about motion sickness (unless it happens after you get there - but take stuff along just incase). The Splendor is a big enough ship you should have no problems.

As for activities. There is as much or as little as you want to do. It is the best!
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Old March 19th, 2008, 03:22 PM
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...and there's a definite upside of going on your first cruise while so "young"...you'll find yourself hooked with PLENTY of years ahead of you to enjoy more cruises! :-)

Seriously, the activities planned on the ship and the shore tour choices are so varied, they appeal to all ages and dispositions. Really!
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Old March 19th, 2008, 03:37 PM
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I'm 26, I started cruising when I was 20.

I just came off my 6th cruise (it was my 5th Carnival) and it was probably the best I've ever been on.

If you are thinking of March, I suggest the first full week of March (March 1-9 next year). Or the summer time. That seems to be when I have found the most people near our (and her) age and have met some great people and had an amazing time.

You will have an absolute blast, as there is something to do for everyone. During the day there are a ton of activities going on, or you can just be lazy by the pool. At night if there isn't a party on deck or a buffet somewhere, shows, the casino, the Piano Bar, and the Disco are always an option. Or you can just take it easy and not do anything.

The Shore Excursions are a little pricey in some cases, but you can always find something either onboard or with the locals. My new found friends this time found a Party Bus with free rum punch that drove them all over St. Kitts for $15!

As for motion sickness, there are plenty of options to help you with that available via over the counter or prescription.

I strongly suggest you go, especially if you are going to do the Splendor for your first cruise! I think you and your wife, like the hundreds of us, will become hopelessly, gloriously addicted and want to go again and again.

This board offers a wealth of information; you can search for anything and find info on it. I have found the people on here to be wonderfully helpful.

Good luck in choosing!

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Old March 19th, 2008, 04:42 PM
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For your reference I have post part of my previous response to a question on tha average age of cruisers.

In your case I think a shorter (up to 5 days) Carnival cruise is ideal. You might want to think about spring break next year.

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Length: longer cruises attract older people who have the time & money.

Time of year: Spring Break brings out the college frat crowd. Xmas Hannukkah and Summer draw families with Kids through teenagers.

Destination: the Carribbean attracts a younger more active crowd with the snokeling hiking diving etc. Europe and Hawaii attracts a less active clientele more into sight seeing.

Ship: Obvously some of the larger RCI ships, for example with the rock climbing walls are going to attract a younger crowd.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 04:57 PM
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I am 17 and I started cruising when I was 8 I believe... I have been on 6 cruises and my 7th is in 39 days. =] I get motion sick relatively easy. I make an appointment with my doctor and I ask for a motion sickness patch perscription. My dad is the same way. The patch lasts for 3 days and works like a charm. As far as you being bored on the Splendor I highly doubt that, because that is the newest ship that Carnival has out and the biggest they have out at the moment. There will be plenty to do or if you just want to be lazy thats ok too everyone has their own preferences to what their day consists of. Hope that helps and Happy Cruising =]]
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I started cruising with my family WAY back when. But I have been sailing with my DH since he was 22 and I was 21, and we LOVE cruising. There is no better way to vacation as far as we are concerned! Carnival is great as it usually attracts a younger crowd but I ditto Joe323, you will find more people your age on shorter cruises. Also, Carnival seats you with people in your age group (or at least in our experience they have) Good luck!!

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Old March 21st, 2008, 07:34 PM
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Going on the Splendor is a good choice, my first cruise was on the Liberty and i never knew even when we left port, the ride was that smooth.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 11:28 PM
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carnival is a good one to do if you're worried about that.. march= spring break younger crowd like others said.. perfect time for you guys to go

Have fun on whatever you choose!!!

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Old March 22nd, 2008, 01:43 AM
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When my wife and I first cruised back in 1995 we were on our honeymoon. She was 23 and I 29. We booked a four day on the MS. Ecstasy because we were not sure we would enjoy cruising. Well thirteen years later we have cruised nine times with number ten coming up in August. My kids love cruising as much as we do and none of us can think of a better way of spending quality vacation time together. Go and take a cruise, you will not be disappointed.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 10:12 AM
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Someone suggested visiting the dr for a prescription patch... just beware that the patch can have some unpleasant side effects.

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Old March 28th, 2008, 01:52 AM
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a good motion relief band - try the drugstore.com. Depending on how you MIGHT be feeling, you press a button to adjust the pulse. Keep it on even if it's not fashionable.

Too young - Mexican Riviera - no way. Just wait until you hit Cabo.

Did you book your cabin yet. The pacific is rough. Talk to your agent and get their recommendation even if it means you take an oceanview instead of a balcony. I'd say mid-ship, main or empress deck would be appropriate and good for either of you.
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