My boyfriend and I are planning to go on a cruise to the mexican riviera, and were recomended to take Princess. We would be on the Sea Princess sailing just before Christmas. Our problem is that we are both under 25 and are wondering if that will be an appropriate cruise. So far all I have found is that the age is generally 50+. We have no problem cruising with people that are older but we would like to knopw if there is any reason that we, as younger people, should reconsider our choice of cruises.
It depends entirely on you. How lively are you? How much do you like to party at night? That sort of thing. If you like to party a lot you might be happier on Carnival's Elation, also a relatively new ship. My daughter (who usually sleeps through much of her vacations) loves Princess and has since she was a teenager, but she is always so exhausted by the time she gets onboard she is more concerned with how comfortable the beds are than the age of the passengers. My advice would be to find a good cruise specialist travel agent and sit down with them. They will have the expertise to find the perfect cruise for you.
I too think you may be better off on another Cruise Line. Take a look at RCI, I think the Rhapsody was doing the Mexican Riviera. The Viking Crown lounge is great, the indoor pool area superb no matter what the weather. As you are traveling as a couple, make sure your TA confirms that this is OK with the cruise lines, no matter which one you choose. If you haven't found a good cruise travel agent, compare at least 3 different agents/agencies; American Express, AAA and an internet Cruise only agency like Cruises Inc. or Only or MyTravelco.com, etc.. They all seem to be very knowledgeable, reputable and offering good values.
I have cruised on Sea Princess 2 times and Im booked again for Nov 10 2001 Mexico. She is a stunning ship. If you like good food, Nice Staterooms,Good Entertainment, And nice ports of call. This ship may be for you. Princess gives great value for you money. These are my thoughts.
We were on Sea Princess West. Carib. in Nov. While we're in our early 30s, we found the ages to be very mixed.
As Carole says, it's entirely up to you. If you like late night partying, discos, etc. this ship is not for you.
Princess has a higher aged passenger. Don't be fooled in Carnival, its flashy trash, Royal Caribbean has a mixed crowd from the young to the old and boast the best ships at sea. Check out Voyager and Explorer....they have a rock climbing wall, inline skating track, ice skating rink, mini golf,....etc. These ships are also the world's largest cruise ship, no other line has anything to compare, not even the grand princess.
Since you are planning on cruising over the holidays, which is also when school is out all over. At that time, there are more families and college kids, etc. We were on Ocean Princess over spring break last year and found that to be the case, very young crowd for the most part. I think you will love this class ship :-)
I disagree completely with the naysayers. I have taken six cruises with Princess, and have always found quite a few young adults aboard their ships. I don't know who is spreading the rumors that Princess's passengers are mostly your parents' ages and up, but I can tell you from first-hand experience that such rumors are utterly false. There are evening events that tend to turn out the younger crowd on every Princess cruise -- "Island Night" (be sure to bring your tropical shirt and tropical dress!) with its grand buffet, London Pub Night, the champagne waterfall (usually on the last formal night of the cruise), etc.
MV Sea Princess is a very beautiful with extremely versatile public spaces that support an incredible variety of activities simultaneously -- a real class act. You will find quite diverse options aboard her, too -- aerobics, pool games, trivia contests, golf putting competitions, a wine tasting party, a golf simulator, and many other activities in addition to the traditional shuffleboard, bridge, and bingo. She also has pleny of quiet places to "get away from it all" when you really would prefer to relax. If you're in the latter category, be sure to try out the magical teak deck lounges on the SHADY side of the promenade deck -- which is invariably a great spot to spend an afternoon at sea!.
Princess's entertainment is designed to appeal to all ages, too. Many of the shows are original productions created by Princess' staff, and they all are first-rate. Many of the production shows feature impressive special effects and phenomenal specialty acts, too. If shows are not your thing, try out the casino, check out the disco, join in a sing-along, or dance to live bands in the Wheelhouse Bar or in the Horizon Court. I guarantee that if you're bored, it will be your own fault!
Couldn't agree with you more Norm. My wife and I have continued cruising with Princess because of this. When we were on our first Princess cruise in '94 I was 34 and my wife was 31. Back then and even now we notice a very wide age varience with Princess. I will agree that when we were on Carnival, the average age was younger than Princess, but out of 2,000 passengers, it made no difference to us. We've also cruised on RCI and Celebrity and both were much older. We're going on our 4th Princess cruise next month and will have no problem finding people our age if we want. One other item to keep in mind. You will find out that the cruise activity staff (people who do the games) and the entertainers are usually young (pre 30) and are very easy to approach and have fun with. On our last cruise my wife and I were laying out in a quite area and a few of the dancers (early twenties) from the entertainment staff struck up a conversation with us. For rest of the cruise, they would stop and chat for a while and we had a great time with them.
Your also right about 'Island Night'. Just because your 40 (or older), doesn't mean you can't have fun like a 25 year old!
Actually 'island Night' has become our favorite night of the cruise.
To make a long story short, go on Princess and have a great time.