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deerosa October 31st, 2010 12:49 AM

1st cruise with the wife , need advice.
 
We are coming up on our 20th anniversary and I wanted to get some solid feedback from you guys who have been around the rodeo a few times. I have looked at several Cruise lines and I think Royal Caribbean fits us the best. It will only be me and the wife and we do like to dance and would like a more adult setting and not the family and children type of cruise.

We would like to leave San Diego in April and since we do have responsibilities we wanted to limit it to about a 5 day Mexican Riviera or a 5 day Vancouver trip.

I am also still open to maybe trying a Carnival Cruise if it fits our wants and needs.

Thanks!

Donna October 31st, 2010 06:57 AM

Congrats on your upcomming anniversary. I may suggest that you can open up your cruise possibilities by looking at 7 day cruises versus the 5. Just a thought, but for the extra 2 days, you can have more to choose from. I happen to be a fan of Royal Caribbean, so yes, it could be the same for you too. Do you like a lot of activities while cruising?

sistagoldenhair October 31st, 2010 09:19 AM

Princess also has a more adult atmosphere than Carny, in my opinion. And Donna makes an excellant point - way more to choose from with a 7 day cruise.

I'm sure you'll have a great time no matter which one you choose. :)

felix_the_cat October 31st, 2010 11:45 AM

There will not be any RCL ships on the West coast anymore after Mariner pulls out in February so I you want to stay over there you will have no choice but to look at Carnival or Princess.

If you are willing to go to the East coast I would recommend Celebrity as it is much more adult oriented. Not that it doesn't have kids because it does, just not in the numbers RCL has. RCL is a family oriented cruiselines these days and they really cater to families.

Princess is probably more to your liking as well as it is also more adult oriented.

SophySeaDog October 31st, 2010 06:12 PM

Hi, We did the Carnival Liberty last February, The ports were great,Service on board was excellent but the food was terrible. I guess it really depends what you expect but it wasn't for us.

We are sailing Royal Carribean this winter.

Lee

Kamloops Cruiser October 31st, 2010 09:51 PM

For people who like to dance , people I talked to prefer HAL or Princess.:cool:

Manuel October 31st, 2010 09:58 PM

I agree with Donna. For a 20th anniversary I would want a 7 day cruise.

There are plenty of dancing opprtunities on Royal and many other fun activities as well.

TM

ChristyG November 2nd, 2010 05:00 PM

Our first was a 12 night and people told us we would not like it being so long. Well they were wrong, I could of went longer. The 7 day was nice but I sure like the long ones.

Christy

P.S. Our first one was for our 20th wedding anniversary. Have a very Happy Anniversary !!

Kamloops Cruiser November 3rd, 2010 09:49 AM

We find that 7 days is the minimum for a cruise . We prefer somewhere between 12 and 22 days . Our first was about 16 days thru the Panama.

deerosa November 14th, 2010 04:57 AM

Thanks for the advice thus far!
 
I also spoke with the wife and it appears that 7 days is the norm now. I also got to watch the Splendor pull into port in San Diego. I am now making sure I don;t go on a carnival cruise now! LOL....

Manuel November 14th, 2010 07:23 AM

I have tried Carnival twice, but once I went on Royal there in no way that I"m going back to Carnival.
I have really enjoyed all three of my cruises on Royal.

My 4th one will be on the Allure OTS on 1-16-2010.

TM

ruthlessboss November 14th, 2010 04:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deerosa (Post 1328797)
I also spoke with the wife and it appears that 7 days is the norm now. I also got to watch the Splendor pull into port in San Diego. I am now making sure I don;t go on a carnival cruise now! LOL....

You know it could have been any ship! Those passengers were very lucky that they were on a Carnival ship. It could have been Celebrity where they broke down in the Mediterranean and dumped everyone off in Italy to fend for themselves. I believe a Norweigian ship just had a generator failure in Miami.
If a Cadillac broke down, would you never drive one again?:p

deerosa November 14th, 2010 10:07 PM

Question in regards to room location?
 
What section is the galley in and also we are looking for a room that will be noise free.

Holland America and Royal Caribbean are the two cruises we are looking at.

felix_the_cat November 17th, 2010 10:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ruthlessboss (Post 1328851)
You know it could have been any ship! Those passengers were very lucky that they were on a Carnival ship. It could have been Celebrity where they broke down in the Mediterranean and dumped everyone off in Italy to fend for themselves. I believe a Norweigian ship just had a generator failure in Miami.
If a Cadillac broke down, would you never drive one again?:p


Carnival - Cadillac?? I don't think so. I've sailed Carnival and probably would again under the right circumstances but I do drive a caddy and would never compare it to Carnival. (Wouldn't compare RCL either.)

Actually they "dumped" everyone is France not Italy.

Queen of Oakville December 10th, 2010 10:48 AM

I think reviews of Carnival as the "party ship" are grossly over-rated.

I think you will find times of year, when you get more partiers on every line (spring break and other school breaks for example).

When DH and I cruise by ourselves, we tend to prefer RC. From our experience, you will get mostly people in the 30s and 40s. This too depends on time of year. In the summer and early fall, you wil get lots of honeymooners.

When we cruise with our kiddies (3 and 4) we will cruise with Carnival because they offer the best price deals for families. I refese to pay normal 3/4 pax rates with RC for my little guys. Perhaps when they are older.

We are cruising next March on HAL. I got an amazing deal with the kids for $99 plus port charges.


We've cruised Princess before and found the crowd to be too old for our taste. I think you would do well on RC or Celebrity. Has anyone cruised MSC, I'm just hearing about them now.

Captain December 10th, 2010 10:52 AM

It took me 7 days just to find my way around the ship.


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