Cruiser, that is -- ! I am planning on taking my 7-YO son on our first cruise this summer. We live in Houston so want a cruise from Galveston. It will just be him & me & I know he will enjoy the ship as much as anything!
Questions: what cruise line do you recommend? And what ports? Also should I go for 5 or 7- day cruises? I have noticed that for every cruise you lose the first & last days, because the first day you leave so late in the day & the last day you get back to port so early. So to me the 5-day cruise ends up being a 3-day cruise & likewise for the 7-day.
One more thing: is is better to book early to get a 'place' or wait until say, a month before we plan to go & try to get a bargain through priceline.com or orbitz or another site?
Thanks in advance for any & all help for this first-time cruiser!!
Royal Carribean has a wonderful childrens program, so I would try them out first.
As for the length of your cruise, I would suggest you try a 5 night. The first time we sailed as a family we took a shorter cruise just to see what the kids would think of the whole experience. Of course, they loved it so now we are headed out for a 7 nighter.
For last minute deals. I have never had much luck with these. I need a certain type of cabin and there are not many of them on the ship.
Cozumel and Ochos Rios are great destinations.
Hope this helps you out.
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I would suggest the 5 night cruise to see if you like it. Most everyone on these boards are cruise lovers, that's why we're here. But as hard as it is for us to believe, there are some people who don't like cruising.
That being said, you may not like it so don't risk the money on a 7 day cruise. I live in Florida so I can drive to the ports as well. I always book late and get deeply discounted tickets, but always have to settle for whatever rooms are left. When a cruise is trying to sell the remaining cabins, they are usually the cabins which are less desirable. But for me, I don't like sitting in the room anyway and would rather have the extra money for the casino.
Even though the ship sails at 4:00 or 5:00, you can usually board around 11:30 - 12:00. You can get lunch and sit by the pool, or go explore. You don't really lose this day.
I would suggest you search for a cruise and dates you want and then post it on the Bargain Finders feature on this web site. Travel agents will contact you by email of their best deals.
Royal Caribbean would be my first choice. I personally like the 7 day cruise, to me 5 days just isn't enough time to unwind, but that's just me. A 5 day would be a great introduction to cruising for you and your son.
A good cruise is a good cruise, but Carnival has great kids programs. If you are looking for low prices, check Carnival and RCI.
Thomas is right, you don't really lose that first day on board. It's a great time to explore and leaving the port is really fun.
You and your son will have a blast. My 13 yo son and I just returned from the Carnival Fantasy and can't *wait* to get cruising again.
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