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Old March 4th, 2015, 12:53 PM
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I am exploring to book my first cruise. I want to take my parents, as it is there 50th anniversary this year. I also have two 14 yr. old girls that will be with us.
Looking at Carnival Sunshine - 5 day out of Port Canaveral right now.
The girls have been before and say "just get us an interior room where we can snooze a couple hours a day". (Spoken like true teenagers).
I, on the other hand, think I want a balcony! Good choice or not? I'm thinkin' if I'm going to spend the money, go all out. Probably will be my only chance.

Any thoughts, I'd love to hear them!
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Old March 4th, 2015, 03:03 PM
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I think the best first cruise for anyone is an Alaska one. I don't know anyone who hasn't enjoyed it. But if you do go instead to the Caribbean, my opinion is to book interior rooms and spend the extra money on excursions. The ports themselves are all pretty much the same.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 03:09 PM
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I also believe that a great first cruise is to Alaska but regardless of where you go my suggestion is to get a balcony,especially if you are in the Caribbean.
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I agree with LF, if your pocket book can afford the balcony, go for it, you won't be disappointed....
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Old March 4th, 2015, 05:14 PM
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Definitely get the balcony. I do disagree with Alaska as a first cruise. I think if Alaska had been our first I would never have gotten my spouse on another one. Plus you have teenagers travelling with you. To really experience Alaska there are some fantastic shore excursions but man, they're not cheap. Try a cruise out in the Caribbean to see if you like it and then try Alaska.
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I would suggest a seven day...and the Caribbean for a first cruise..Alaska will be very costly to see and do, what you will want to see and do, for all of you. If a balcony will fit your budget, do it..if not, an oceanview will allow you great views as you cruise in and out.

Doing a beach cruise vs an Alaskan trip will take some pressure off, having to make sure you see everything , vs, an easier, beachy,relaxing vacation.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 10:17 PM
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I also would recommend a balcony if possible.

As much as I enjoyed our cruise to Alaska, I would not think that it should be your first cruise.

Your group will enjoy a Caribbean cruise a lot more. A seven day cruise will give you all a chance to get acquainted with every fun activity that there is to do on the ship.

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I look at things a bit different than everyone else. Being an agent, first and foremost I tell people to consider what is the most important thing. Being this is your parents 50th anniversary, which is an amazing accomplishment in today's environment, I would tend to think this is probably high on the list. If that's the case, wouldn't it be more important to consider what they want than what others want?

Obviously, I'm prejudice on the matter, but you really need to talk to an agent, preferably a Cruise Specialist, who can help you find the perfect cruise for you. It's important to look at all the factors including lifestyle, needs, and budget. Don't just look at the price. Some people will tell you they would much rather get an inside cabin on a really nice cruise than get a suite on a lousy cruise.

Everyone is different and what works for one person, may not necessarily be the best cruise for you.

So you need to consider all the options and make a decision on what's best for you and your given situation.

I'm 65 and have been married for more than 42 years. Personally, if it were me celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary, I would definitely not want to go on a Carnival cruise. But that's me. I like something alot nicer with better food. Your parents may be exactly the opposite and find Carnival perfect for them. But unless you consider all the options and not just one, you may not know whether it's the best one or not.

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I like a balcony also, as some have said if you can swing it go for it.

Personally I think most people are WOWED by their first cruise no matter what line it is unless it's just a really bad cruise. I've personally have not had a bad Carnival cruise althought some were better then others, since your traveling with teens and mature adults it might be tricky to find that happy medium of the perfect cruise.
To answer your question, I vote a balcony for you and your parents. I'm confident you'll all have a wonderful cruise.

Have a great time.
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Well, I seem to be outvoted! I recommended Alaska because it was my first cruise. When I booked it I expected it to be my ONLY cruise, but I was hooked --- I've done at least 20 since then. Part of my recommendation was based on the fact that there were 8 family members in our group, all of them adult but ranging in age from barely 30 to mid-60's. We all went our own ways during the day, but dined together and shared evening activities. And everyone had a great time.
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Carnival is good for teens, however, and if everyone is happy the celebrating couple is going to have a better time.

Grandparents tends be less particular, and while I understand the idea of making it special for them, my guess is that seeing everyone happy is what matters most to them.

Carnival Sunshine is a somewhat older and crowded ship - although newly upgraded. I suspect cost had something to do with the decision. Taking 8 people on a cruise is not cheap. With that many people if you can drive to the cruise you will save a lot of money.

IN any case - Yes to the balcony.
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I am exploring to book my first cruise. I want to take my parents, as it is there 50th anniversary this year. I also have two 14 yr. old girls that will be with us.
Looking at Carnival Sunshine - 5 day out of Port Canaveral right now.
The girls have been before and say "just get us an interior room where we can snooze a couple hours a day". (Spoken like true teenagers).
I, on the other hand, think I want a balcony! Good choice or not? I'm thinkin' if I'm going to spend the money, go all out. Probably will be my only chance.

Any thoughts, I'd love to hear them!
Thank you!

Hey! Can you share what happened to your cruise? I'm looking for a memorable one. This is the first time for me and my family.
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Carnival Sunshine serves people since 1995. I also had experienced once there with my friends. We all had a great time there and would love to go there again. I would say the staff and the rooms were awesome. Must go there I am sure whatever age is yours, you will enjoy there. : wink:
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It really depends on what you like. I cruise with my sister and we are warm weather people so we love the Caribbean but really we just enjoy being on the ship -- the entertainment, music, food , drinks , waterslide, etc. I highly recommend a balcony room and a seven day cruise but again, it depends on your preferences and budget.

BTW, I think the food on Carnival is amazing, and Sunshine has one of the best Cruise Directors anywhere! I'm sure you will have fun, whatever you decide. Carnival also has some nice activities teens.
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Carnival is good, but so are Royal Caribbean and NCL.

If you are a young adult couple, I would recommend NCL for good entertainment and a variety of food, or Royal Caribbean for a variety of sports activities.
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Don't know about Alaska being best for first timers. Alaska can require extra clothes or rain gear. The weather can be rainy and misty, obstructing views. A safer bet might be the Caribbean, out of the hurricane season? Or a cheap Pacific coastal sailing into San Francisco under the Golden Gate?


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I think the best first cruise for anyone is an Alaska one. I don't know anyone who hasn't enjoyed it. But if you do go instead to the Caribbean, my opinion is to book interior rooms and spend the extra money on excursions. The ports themselves are all pretty much the same.
I agree with your answer Sistersolo Alaska ist one of best cruise countries where you can enjoy
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Any first cruise is the best! I don't think you can go wrong sailing on any cruise line! I always suggest to people who ask me about cruising to take a short 3 day cruise to see how they like it. If you have a serious motion sickness problem that can be a issue. I also suggest using the nearest port so you can drive and save money over flying.

This being a 3 generation cruise for you I believe your parents would definitively be more comfortable in a balcony cabin because they have more room then a interior cabin. If you are sharing your room with the teenagers then you will really like the extra space of the balcony.
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