About to book our first cruise ever - Help!

We have decided to treat ourselves to our first cruise and have chosen Canada and New England as the area to explore. The itinerary must include Quebec and PEI and at least a couple of ports in Maine, but length and departure port are very flexible.

Two biggies with us are being able to eat by ourselves at dinner and no dressing up - no jackets, no suits, no cocktail dresses and no tuxes. This is a vacation. We want to relax, kick back and reconnect. Also, huge hoards are not our style.

Is this impossible to find? Any recommendations?

27 Answers

What's your price range? And what's the age range of the people that are travelling with you? What type of crowd do you consider you and your party to be a part of (partiers, more relaxed, adventurous, etc.). Certain cruise lines and ships attract certain types of crowds.

The original post was a year ago.

You may have to research smaller cruise lines that cater to the areas you want.

Go to Vacations To Go online and tell them the following:

1.) When you want to cruise

2.) Price range

3.) Itinerary

They will then show you all the ships for your specific date range sailing out of the ports you wish to go to and fit your price range. NYC, NJ, Quebec, and Boston are the biggest cruise spots around here (I'm from the Boston area) from what I understand. NYC has 2 ports, NJ has one, and we have one in Boston. I don't know about Quebec. I know Norwegian has a ship that sails out of Boston, but I don't remember which one it is. Celebrity and RC both sail out of Bayonne, NJ (my last cruise and my next cruise are/were with Celebrity and RC respectively and both sailed/are sailing out of Bayonne). And then NY has ports in both NYC and Brooklyn.

Welcome. A little research and answers responses on this thread should certainly assist you in your quest.

Since this thread was started 2 yrs ago, I wonder if the OP enjoyed cruising.

Vacations To Go is a great place to start! Give them a call (or go online) and they will take care of everything. You will need to tell them your price range, your dates you want to sail, and where you want to go. They will then show you all the ships and itineraries that fit the bill. For example, if you wanted to cruise out of Boston, they will show you all the ships cruising out of Boston for the next year. Then, they will as you what your price range is, which will narrow it down further. From there, they will ask you about the dates, which will narrow your choices down further. Finally, they will ask you about destinations, which will narrow your choices even more. They will also assist with the booking (and if you need it, rebooking) process. And you will be with the same agent throughout the process, who will be able to answer any questions you have.

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