My wife and I are planning our first cruise. We are in our early 50 late 40 area. I have traveled and have spent much of my life outside the US on business, always flying. My wife has lived abroad with me for about five years in Mexico when we both worked on a development project there. We have never taken a cruise before in our lives (though I have taken supply ships to one or two places definitely not the same thing). My wife wants what I consider kind of middle of the road for her first trip, I am not overly enthused. I like themes, it could be lectures, writings, museums, just about anything. Since its our first, what would be good that would fulfill both of our needs and our make sure we both have a good time. Thanks
Welcome aboard Cruise Mates! Nice to have you here. You'll get alot of great information from some great people, so jump right in and ask away.
Cruising is definitely one of those things where there's something for everyone no matter their taste, budget, or lifestyle. And you'll get as many recommendations as there are people about which one is best for you.
But as I always say, what one person loves another will hate, so it's very important for you to find the right one for you and not the right one for them.
First, it's really important for you to work with a reputable cruise specialist who can provide as much information as you can handle so you can make the best decision for you based on your budget, lifestyle, and requirements.
Now, with all that said, based on what you've provided so far, I would personally suggest you take a good look at Princess, Holland America, and Celebrity. We've been on all of them several times and love each of them for different reasons. We're a little older than you (63), but we prefer the more relaxed style cruises with less children and, of course, really good food! And we prefer the smaller ships over the mega ships. But that's us, you may be completely different and may want more amenities, in which case you may also want to look at RCCL, NCL, or Carnival. That's why you really need to talk with a specialist - they can be a wealth of information and their services are free to use.
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Hi Jefenioc, Welcome to Cruisemates....You found a good place to start planning your first cruise. Do you have any idea what area or ports you want to visit and what about activities you enjoy. That would help narrow your search down a bit...
There are a myriad of choices for you and it is hard to choose.
What you have said so far would lead me to recommend a line such as NCL and add $100 to your cruise budget and do some of the alternative dining venues.
Celebrity (In a Solstice class ship), Princess and Holland America would also be good choices. These would be a bit more formal but they have beautiful ships and "overall" decent dining. On many of these cruises they will have lectures on their Alaska, some Mediterranean and longer cruises.
There are many European itineraries that will give you the museums, history and old world charm that you are looking for.
You can also consider doing a Caribbean cruise on one of these lines to see how you like the cruise experience. I would not do anything under seven days. A shorter cruise is a different demographic and experience.
Please come back with more questions that will help us narrow down your needs and expectations and we can make a better recommendation that fits them.
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