First Time Cruise for young couple

Hello, myself and my fiancé are thinking about going on a cruise next year. Its my 30th in July and we just dont know where to go, we thought of Europe as its our first one and we thought it might be easier as we have been to alot of European countries, but we wanted to explore somewhere new.

We're open to anywhere, thinking of about 10 days budget of £2,000. July isnt set in stone, happy to go any time of the year, although would much prefer July onwards. We're both active and like to explore and try new things

Thank in advance.

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Glad to see someone interested in starting to cruise at this time. You have to decide what you want to do in order to decide where to go. My comments of course will be accurate to cruising as it has been and what I have experienced. No one is sure if it will return to the same once we get to sail again.

Europe: it is a good way to see a variety places on one trip without worrying about hotel and transportation to each country. However, you are very limited in the length of time you can spend in each location. You only get a taste of each location. Of course this will be true no matter where you cruise,

Alaska: this might be the best way to pay your first visit to this beautiful part of the USA. July would be a fine time to visit.

Caribbean & Bahamas: We tend to avoid this during the Summer because of all the schools on break and the ships tend to have more children. It also too hot for us, but many other find the temperatures pleasurable. It is also near the first part of hurricane season and we tend to be risk averse. The ships avoid these as best as possible so it really isn't a major problem.

I am sure others will pipe in with their opinions and some may disagree with my very short summery. Hope you find what you are looking for and join us is the wonderful world of cruising.

Thank you for your comments, much appreciated

My wish list for Europe would be a River Cruise as it is more leisurely than some of the sea cruises. Many of my friends have done both and prefer river cruising. I would recommend a Panama cruise from ocean to ocean. L.A. to Florida or the other way. You get a good taste of both oceans and a few different areas. Good luck in you choices. Once you are hooked, the fun really starts.

What part of the world do you live in? I would take a short cruise from a port nearest to where I live just to see if cruising is the choice for me and if it is then save for a longer cruise next time.

Given a chance, since it will be my first time I would love to go cruising to Europe. I hope all is well next year.

I must admit I forgot to mention the Panama Canal transit (ocean to ocean). To date our favorite cruise. Thanks, Johngold, for the reminder.

Any time Pinkie. I hope to do that cruise again soon, going to want to go through the new locks.

We want to go East to West the next time we do it. I agree the new locks would be a good experience as well. Maybe two more transits through the canal. Happy

Thank you for your comments, much appreciated

Ah thats great, thanks for your help!

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