I've noticed that the bulk of singles cruise offerings are 7 day cruises.
A few are 4-5 night as well.
For the "vacation-challenged traveller" what are some of the differences between the 7 day, and shorter cruises? Is there a big difference in atmosphere on the shorter cruises? I've heard that in general the average age is lower on the shorter cruises (I'm 37 btw).
I'm trying to schedule my first cruise for next year, and am trying to balance vacation time.
Could someone who has travelled on both the week, and shorter hosted cruises help shed a little light on this for me?
I have been both on a 3 day and a 7 day cruise I prefer the 7 day for singles.
Why, well on a 3 day cruise you do not have enough time to get to know anyone especially the opposite sex. If you do everything will be RUSHED. On a 7, 8, or 12 day cruises you can really relax and meet a variety of people and have some time to yourself to rest or go on excursions.
Unless you live in Florida or the California coast where you can take a cruise just about any time I would treat it like an event.
I much prefer the longer cruises. At least seven days. Anything shorter and I don't even think it's worthwhile to unpack. And it's true, the shorter the cruise the younger the singles. That's because they often do not have enough vacation time for the longer cruises. Plus the shorter cruises are cheaper.
I notice you live in New York. New York now has tons of ships in port and they have great cruise rates presently.
I live in Los Angeles, Calif. and I plan to take as many singles cruises out of L.A./Long Beach port. I love the ocean and the singles cruise experience, never mind the ports. I don't have to fly.... that is the best part.
I prefer the 7 day single cruises because you really have time to make friends. Plus, cruisers on a 7 day cruise are more likely to have the money to cruise again if they enjoy cruising.
I made several friends on a 4 day singles cruise but when I called them later none of them could afford to cruise on the 7 day cruises. I am sure there were singles who could afford to cruise on longer cruises but I didn't get to meet them.
I have been on a 12 day cruise and I didn't like it because I felt isolated from the outside world. It was just too long for me. I have a friend who wants to go on a 11 day cruise with me but I am afraid to cruise with a roomie that long. What if we don't get along as roomies? A 7 or 8 day cruise goes really fast so I prefer that over the longer cruises. Angel