We're a group of four friends (late 20's/early 30's) looking for a getaway from NYC this summer. The only real options that fit for us are the Canda cruises Carnival runs from NYC. But I have heard that these are full of families with kids and "older folks (no offense to anyone!)" and that there isn't much of a party atmosphere. Can anyone chime in with some feedback? Thanks!
I'm sure you'll have fun on the cruise, but just a few tidbits about Halifax:
It's a party city. There are three university in a city of approx. 380,000. There are also more restaurants/bars per capita than any other city in North America. That being said, there are some great places along the waterfront (within a few minutes walk from the pier) to obtain "resfreshments". Try the "Lower Deck" (about a 15 minute walk from the pier) -- it's a great college hangout. It's near Cows Ice Cream -- just ask anyone. And not far from there is the casino.
My friend and I (in our mid-20s) are booked on a cruise in October out of NYC that goes up to Halifax and I have heard the same thing, so am kind of worried, but I guess as with everything, a vacation is what you make it and even if we are the only people on board having a great time, then thats okay! I think its a luck of the draw thing as far as what kind of passengers you will share the ship with, but you are probably right in assuming that there will be more of a "party atmosphere" on a ship headed to the Carribbean.
I will make my cruise fun no matter what!
Victory, here I come!! - October 2, 2004
Yes there are families on these cruises, but there are tons of young marrieds , young couples and young singles as well. I wouldn't hesitate to take the cruise. The shorter cruises , with no airfare for most folks , attract plenty of younger folks. Plenty of great bars and clubs, shows and casino and daytime activities to keeop the young and young at heart entertained.
Don't worry, enjoy your cruises.
Did a 10-day Canada/New England last fall. 3 of us, late 30's-early 40's. Only saw 4-5 "kids" -- under 18. This was an older crowd. but there were a core group of party people on board.
Comparing it to a Caribbean cruise, they didn't have quite as many "alternatives". In other words, the party du jour didn't start until the 2nd show was over. However, as long as you were out and about and flexible, there are things to do.
It is exactly what you make it. We came decked out for fun (boas, sparkly hats, Mardi Gras beads, .......) When we weren't wearing these props, they were decorating our cabin.
Just back from this itin on Constellation.. A fabulous cruise & we enjoyed ourselves. We are early fifties & were the babies on board. A very old crowd for this trip--waltz was a favorite but we did have so much fun. Singles on board were few & very far between altho there were some advertised events--no one showed. Go with your own group, make your own fun , the trip is absolutely fabulous but it is not a good placd to mix & mingle----if that's what yo have in mind...Every port was great ,;:Halifax, Sydney(-only because we took a tour,) Newport ,Quebec--)
We are looking at a cruise this coming summer too. It would be my husband, two daughters and their boyfriends. From what I understand, the summer months attract younger crowds (kids out of school, vacationers, etc.) while the fall and winter attract an older crowd without children.