My mom (50s) and I (17) will be travelling on our second cruise together this March. We were planning on Princess because we've heard some good reviews. However, we want to go the the Eastern Caribbean this time because we went to the Western for the last. The only cruise they offer to the east has 3 days at sea for a 7 day cruise. That didn't seem too appealing to either of us.
Now that I have that over with -
We sailed with Royal the last time and enjoyed it. We will be staying in an inside cabin. Neither of us care much about what is offered on board since we mostly just saw the shows, lounged on the pool deck, and wandered around the ship during our free hours. Would you recommend another cruise line or should be we stick with Royal Caribbean?
Thanks for the help
im 18, and just came back from my first royal caribbean cruise. I thought it was excellent. I have previously sailed with carnival and enjoyed that just as much. I think carnival and royal are very similiar.If you are looking for new atmosphere try carnival. The only major difference I found was the cabin size. Carnival's cabins are larger. For 2 of you, it probably wont be a problem, but 4 of us in one room on royal was kinda tight! Hope this helps.
Carnival Ecstasy 1995
Carnival Triumph 2000, 2001
Carnival Glory 2003
Carnival Miracle 2004
Carnival Inspiration 2005
RCCL Explorer of the Seas 2006
Carnival Destiny 2007
superkim, why would 3 at sea days not appeal to you? We totally loved the Eastern route you are talking about we did it on the Golden Princess. You have two sea days right away, which is wonderful, you get relaxed, you get acclimated to the ship, you get to figure out what you want to do and don't want to do. St.Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays are all great ports, actually we wished we had another at sea day at the end of the cruise to unwind from the excursions. Since you are thinking about traveling during school break time you will find teens your age aboard, especially on the larger ships. You need to book something NOW, for spring 2007. Cabins and air are going very fast.
3 days at sea don't appeal to me because in my opinion, there isn't much to do. The activites on board aren't very appealing to us, and neither of us likes to lay around and tan. I have 2 weeks of spring break, so we usually go during the second week, so I've already had plenty of time to relax and am ready to go do something. We'd rather to see another island, then to have a day doing nothing. How many teens are on board doesn't really matter to me since I'm usually spending time with my mom because I go to a boarding school.
We're planning on booking soon,and I'm pretty sure we are going on Royal Caribbean again. There is are several 7 and 8 night cruises to the Eastern Caribbean that only have 2 days at sea, which is much better for my mom and I.
Everyone has their own likes and dislikes on a cruise ship. Personally, I think, after you've been on a few cruises, you will look forward to the days at sea more than stopping at another cruise port. After you've done all the shopping, major highlights of the island/country, sampled the food and history, etc., your cruise will be more about relaxation than exploring. We went on a 4 stop cruise in July with only 2 sea days and we were totally exhausted when we got off that ship and felt cheated because we didn't have enough time to enjoy the ship's activities on only 2 sea days. There are certain locations now that we don't even want to get off the ship to see, San Juan and Nassau. On Carnival cruises, you don't dock in San Juan until 5:00 p.m., there isn't much to do there at night. In Nassau, we have done the major highlights and don't care if we ever go there again. We love treating ourselves to a spa treatment, Bingo, Karaoke, trivia contests, casino, watermelon eating contest, country dance class, Newlywed show, Survivor at Sea contest....we enjoy participating in all the fun events on sea days, it's all part of the overall cruise experience. I find that I have the best time on a cruise when I'm with people that are participating in all the light hearted events.