Hi again Steeler, a crossing to Southampton is more likely to bring rain showers & rougher seas than one to the Med in April.
As you are talking Ft Lauderdale then I guess you are looking NCL, RCI or Princess, and not Cunard. Therefore there are likely to be a lot more daytime activities available, and a younger crowd, than if you opted for the other lines which tend to pull older guests who can afford the time off work.
Of course, nothing is guaranteed in this world, so it may be worth also seeking the opinion of your TA who may have access to passenger age analyses for these cruises from previous years.
Hope this has given you some food for thought,
All the best for 2009.
Alan & Katrina
Last Cruise: P&O Adonia June 2014
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followed by: Queen Victoria November 2014
followed by: Queen Elizabeth December 2014
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yes, the weather could be rough, but more likely just a little rainy. You certainly will not be soaking up the sun (well there are always exceptions) Will you get bored? That depends on what you like to do and how many days in a row at sea. GEnerally my clients say 4 days at sea are fine, but more than that can get a little boring. YOu can only read so many books and spend so much time in the casino or play so much trivia..actually the cruiselines do try to offer lots of activities, but you will not be busy all the time. There are some who love the TA crossings as they do just want to relax and rest...
Did you ever book your cruise? I am curious on what you decided and how the seas were. I tool HAL Noordam (Snoredam) this past year TA (FLL to ROME) and the seas were extremely calm except for two days when we were in about 20-22 foot swells.
I enjoyed the crossing and the seas days, so next year I am doing another (TA to Southampton) on Princess. I am hoping for a younger crowd and bit more lively ship.
I would like to hear what route you went and how the seas were if you would like to share.
You can never tell from year to year, but on the Ruby this past April we had flat seas for the first 2 or 3 days. Then we hit a storm with big swells, and all of the outside decks were closed. But actually it didn't feel that rough. I saw very little evidence of people feeling sick. We didn't have the up and down waves but rather kind of like bumps. We were going to the Med. The captain did mention that the sister ship headed for Southampton was in the middle of the storm and having a much rougher time than we did.
We love sea days, and there's always plenty to do--or not do, as you choose. We've booked the same cruise for this April.
As for looking for a younger crowd on a Princess TA, I think you might be disappointed. We're in our early 60's, and we were among the younger passengers. The longer cruises tend to have older passengers from what I've seen.